July 31, 2006

EMS subsidiary to treat Toronto biosolids

BURLINGTON, ONT-Environmental Management Solutions' wholly owned subsidiary GSI Environment has signed a three-year contract to manage a portion of Toronto's biosolid waste material generated by the city's wastewater treatment operations. The contract, valued at $13.5 million, takes effect August 1 and may be extended for an additional two years at the company's option, provided GSI meets certain conditions. Toronto had been shipping the biosolids to Michigan until changes in Michigan law led the hauler, Republic Services, to refuse any more shipments as of that date. The new Toronto contract is in addition to a three-year deal signed with EMS last September for the management of source-separated organic waste collected as part of the city's Green Bin program. EMS also has a five-year biosolids management contract with the city of Ottawa, signed in July 2005. "The change in legislation in Michigan that created this opportunity should be a strong warning signal to the Province of Ontario that municipal generators need a framework in the province that will allow them to address their waste management needs in an environmentally, socially and economically acceptable way," said EMS president and CEO Tony Busseri. "By definition," he continued, "sustainable development needs permanent, Ontario-based solutions; composting and land application are proven and effective, they should be embraced and supported by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment as part of the solution to managing the province's growing waste management demands. "

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