November 6, 2006

Four Toronto facilities join MOE's Environmental Leaders program

The Trillium Health Centre, Rohm and Haas Canada's West Hill facility, Cargill Food's Toronto facility and Teknion's Flint plant have become the newest members of Ontario's Environmental Leaders program. The program rewards companies that go beyond current regulatory standards by making a commitment to lower their emissions or discharges.

To qualify as an Environmental Leader, a facility must have an environmental management system, an emissions inventory, and must report publicly on its progress. In return, the Ministry of Environment gives companies public recognition and an opportunity to forge a specialized relationship, while improving the environment.

Trillium Health Centre operates two hospitals, one in west Toronto and the other in Mississauga. Trillium has committed to achieving 98% elimination of mercury from its hospital facilities and a 30% reduction in the volume of non-hazardous waste it currently sends to landfills. Among its initiatives will be two mercury thermometer trade-in days for the local community.

The Rohm and Haas West Hill facility produces more than 120 different acrylic-emulsion paint and coating compounds. The facility has committed to a 50% reduction in its emissions of 2-ethylhexanol (a smog precursor), and plans to have an energy conservation assessment carried out.

Cargill Foods' meat packaging facility in Toronto has committed to a series of reductions by 2010, including 15% in its electricity and natural gas use, 10% in water consumption, 20% in organics loadings to wastewater and 5% in used oil generated at the facility.

Teknion, an international designer and manufacturer of office systems and related furniture products, has set 2009 as the target date for the reduction goals at its Toronto panel plant. The company has committed to reductions of 10% in electricity consumption, 50% in particulate emissions (also a smog precursor) and 10% in carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide emissions, along with a 20% increase in waste diversion.

More information on the Environmental Leaders program and its newest members may be found on the Ministry's Web site, www.ene.gov.on.ca/envision/general/leadership/index.htm.

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