June 12, 2006

FCM-CH2M Hill honour Toronto for solid waste achievements

TORONTO, ONT-The city of Toronto has been awarded a Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)-CH2M Hill Sustainable Community Award in recognition of its solid waste initiatives for excellence and innovation in municipal service delivery and advanced sustainable community development. Toronto's integrated waste diversion plan has helped the city double its waste diversion rate over the past five years, reaching 56% in single-family homes. to meet its diversion goals of 60 per cent by 2008 and 100 per cent by 2012. This plan outlines waste diversion strategies for the residential and small business sectors, as well as the city's agencies, boards, commissions and divisions. The goal is to reach 60% diversion by 2008 and 100% by 2012. FCM and CH2M Hill Canada established the Awards in 2000 to recognize and celebrate municipal leadership in championing sustainable community development and promoting best practices in addressing environmental issues in municipal operations. Along with environmental benefits, winning projects demonstrate the economic and social advantages of sustainability.

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