Bring your family and friends to the Halton Waste Management Site on Saturday, Sept. 29 and help celebrate the landfill’s 20th anniversary

On Saturday, September 29, 2012 Halton Region’s landfill site turns 20!!  To help celebrate this important milestone, residents of all ages are invited to attend a community drop-in at the Halton Waste Management Site located at 5400 Regional Road 25 in Milton.  Everyone is welcome to drop-in between the hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and enjoy the official cake cutting at 12 noon.

At the open house you will have the opportunity to:

  • have a guided tour of the state of the art Waste Management Site (30 mins)
  • see the landfill machinery up close and in action
  • take part in an environmental craft provided by Conservation Halton
  • learn about the importance of waste diversion and protecting the environment
  • enjoy a cash BBQ provided by the Lion’s Club of Milton
  • bring an old electronics item to the event like a television, computer, laptop or VCR for recycling and receive a free lunch voucher to be used while at the event (limit one voucher per family)

This milestone event marks the 20th anniversary of Halton Region’s landfill site which opened in 1992 and was expected to last only 20 years or until the year 2012. Thanks to the efforts of Halton residents participating in Halton’s waste diversion programs like the Blue Box and GreenCart, I am proud to say the landfill life is now projected to the year 2040!

The open house will also launch a pilot project for an Orange Box to collect household hazardous waste such as garden chemicals, cleaning products, medications, paint and stain. The first 500 residents who attend the open house and who would like to participate in this pilot project will receive one Orange Box to use at their home to store and transport household hazardous waste to the Halton Waste Management Site. While the Orange Box is the same size as a standard Blue Box, the Orange Box is not to be placed at the curb for collection. This pilot project will determine whether the Orange Box assists residents in the diversion of their household hazardous waste products.

If you plan to attend the open house with your family and friends please email hwms20@halton.ca to confirm your attendance.  The open house is wheelchair accessible and there is free parking on-site.

You can learn more about the upcoming 20th anniversary open house by visiting www.halton.ca/hwms20.  You can also follow Halton Waste Management on Twitter @HaltonRecycles (event hash tag #hwms20), on Facebook (search Halton Waste Management Site’s 20th Anniversary), visit the blog at www.haltonrecycles.ca and watch HaltonRecycles on YouTube.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”