Toronto - The City of Toronto has earned the Gold Award at the Recycling Council of Ontario’s 2007 Ontario Waste Minimization Awards. The Gold Award in the municipal category recognizes the City’s “Getting to 70% Waste Diversion Plan,” led by the Solid Waste Management Services Division.

“Other municipalities continue to follow Toronto’s lead when it comes to waste diversion,” said Mayor David Miller. “This award recognizes our achievement in reducing waste, which fully supports the global environmental movement for a more sustainable and liveable planet.”

The City is moving forward with an aggressive waste diversion plan, which includes a focus on waste reduction, the establishment of reuse centres, the roll out of new recycling Blue Bins to improve curbside recycling, the introduction of the Green Bin Program to multi-unit homes, and the establishment of stable funding for new diversion initiatives through the volume-based rate structure.

“The City of Toronto was the sole municipality in Ontario to be awarded the Gold Award in the Environmentally Sustainable Municipal category,” said Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker, Chair, Public Works and Infrastructure Committee. “This honour recognizes our determination to be on the cutting edge of solid waste management and underlines our commitment to reaching the 70% waste diversion goal.”

Submissions were judged by a panel of experts from the public and private sectors using criteria such as current diversion rate, the establishment of measurable and achievable targets, broad community involvement, and the development of bylaws to support the plan.