Halton’s 2019 Budget supports services and infrastructure

linkedin_budgetbusinessplanOn January 16, Regional Council approved Halton’s 2019 Budget and Business Plan, which ensures top value for taxpayer dollars as we prepare our strategic plan for this term of Council.

The Budget is based on prudent, forward-looking financial planning principles that help preserve Halton’s strong long-term financial position. It also leverages our top credit rating, which helps us finance major investments by providing continued access to the best capital financing rates available.

By identifying savings and reorganizing resources, the 2019 Budget increases Regional investment in priority areas identified by residents and Council. Some of these increases include:

  • Water and Wastewater State-of-Good-Repair Capital Program: $7.7 million increase in funding to support the water and wastewater state-of-good repair capital program.
  • Transportation State-of-Good-Repair Capital Program: $1.9 million increase in funding to support Regional roads.
  • Paramedic Services: $827,000 to provide additional resources to address call volume pressures.
  • Waste management: $791,000 for waste management contracts due to inflation, tonnage growth and organics market pressures.
  • Road maintenance: $677,000 increase in road maintenance contracts to address growth in the Regional road network.
  • Red Light Cameras: $100,000 for three new red light cameras in 2019, bring the total number of cameras to 20.
  • Relief staff resources: $431,000 for additional relief resources to maintain service levels in Paramedic Services and Services for Seniors.
  • Regional Facilities State-of-Good-Repair Capital Program: $380,000 to maintain Regional facilities.
  • Halton Region Community Investment Fund: $300,000 strategic investment to increase funding for programs that support the health, safety and well-being of Halton residents.
  • Emerald Ash Borer: $272,000 to support program implementation by Conservation Halton and Credit Valley Conservation.

The Budget also fulfills Council’s objective to keep property taxes low—it includes a 1.9 per cent increase for Regional services and a 3.7 per cent rate increase for water and wastewater services. It continues our 12-year track record of keeping property tax increases at or below the rate of inflation to help individuals, families and businesses succeed in Halton.

By supporting services and infrastructure to maintain a high quality of life, the 2019 Budget and Business Plan will help us keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. To learn more, please visit halton.ca.

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, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

 

Reduce your household and community waste this season

Halton Region offers many ways to manage your household waste and contribute to community waste reduction. I would like to thank residents for their continued participation in our easy to use Blue Box and Green Cart programs and drop-off services at the Halton Waste Management Site. Community-wide participation in these programs is integral to reducing our impact on the environment.

Yet, even smaller actions, like putting the right items in the right place, can make a big difference in achieving waste reduction targets. Here are some simple tips to help you use our waste programs:

  • Place paper or cardboard with food residue such as paper plates, coffee cups, napkins in the Green Cart.
  • Place tissue paper (no tape or confetti) in the Green Cart.
  • Place wrapping paper in the garbage.
  • Place rigid plastic packaging in the Blue Box.
  • Reuse items like gift bags, ribbons and bows.
  • Rinse and empty all plastic and glass materials such plastic grocery bags, jars, dinnerware and food containers before placing in the Blue Box.
  • Donate items in good condition such as clothing, toys and books to Reuse centres and local charities.

By working together, we can continue to extend the life of the Halton Waste Management Site and protect the natural environment for generations to come. Thank you for helping to keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

Visit halton.ca/waste or download the OneHalton app to learn more about Halton’s waste management programs, including holiday reminders, acceptable items and curbside collection information. Also, be sure to check your mailbox at the end of January for your copy of the 2019-2020 Halton Region Guide and Waste Collection Calendar. You can also sign up anytime to receive weekly waste collection reminders and updates through email, phone or Twitter.

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, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

 

Join us to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the HWMS

HWMS 25th Anniversary - Option AOn Saturday, September 30, the Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS) turns 25! To celebrate this milestone, Halton Region and waste management staff will host a free community open house and Doors Open event for residents to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Halton Waste Management Site. The event will take place from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at 5400 Regional Road 25 in Milton.

Over the past 25 years, Halton residents have demonstrated their commitment to community waste reduction and keeping our region sustainable for generations to come. To celebrate the success of our waste diversion programs and the efforts of Halton residents, the event boasts a variety of activities for the whole family including:

  • a guided bus tour of the Waste Management Site;
  • an up close look at landfill machinery and waste collection vehicles;
  • a chance to meet the site’s resident hawk;
  • fun and environmental crafts for kids; and
  • food trucks!

You can learn more about the upcoming 25th anniversary open house by visiting halton.ca/hwms25. You can also join the conversation online using the hashtag #hwms25. The event is wheelchair accessible and there is free parking on-site.

The HWMS is Halton’s one-stop solution to encourage residents to practice the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. The 3Rs help to increase the Region’s waste diversion rate, which extends the life of the Waste Management Site and generates long-term savings for us all.

When the landfill site opened in 1992, it was expected to last only 20 years or until the year 2012. Through your continued use of our curbside waste collection programs like the Blue Box for recycling, Green Cart for organic food waste, Yard Waste for brush and leaves and bulk and appliance pick up to make proper disposal easier for you, I am proud to say that the life of the landfill is now projected to the year 2044, saving taxpayers over $15 million!

You can learn more about Halton’s waste collection programs and view the waste collection calendar at halton.ca/waste. Thank you for your continued commitment to waste reduction and environmental sustainability in Halton. I hope to see you on September 30!

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, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

 

The 2017 Halton Guide & Waste Collection Calendar is here

wastecalender-cover-2017I am happy to announce the release of the 2017 Halton Region Guide & Waste Collection Calendar for all Halton residents! This year’s waste collection calendar provides residents with resources for waste collection and information about living, working and retiring in Halton. Some of the information you will find in this year’s calendar include:

  • weekly collection dates from February 2017 to January 2018 and accepted waste materials;
  • tips and resources about how to reduce waste at home and in the community;
  • how to access Regional programs and service that may be of interest to your or members of your household;
  • how to use the Halton Waste Management Site and services; and,
  • information on the priorities of Regional Council and the 2015-2018 Halton Region Strategic Action Plan.

Halton is committed to protecting and enhancing the natural environment through investments in green initiatives and helping residents reduce their household waste. Our services include Blue Box recycling and Green Cart for organic food waste, locations for the proper disposal of hazardous waste and options for the re-use of household goods.

I want to thank Halton residents for their continued participation in our recycling, composting and safe disposal programs. Due to your efforts, 62 per cent of residential waste has been diverted from Halton’s landfill. Maintaining this waste diversion rate has helped extend the lifespan of this site from 2012 to 2044 – saving taxpayers over $15 million by deferring the significant costs associated with building a new waste management site.

Together, we can build on these successes and continue to protect the natural environment today and for generations to come.

Please check your mailbox for your copy of the calendar. To access the calendar online, sign up for waste collection reminders, or to request a paper copy please visit halton.ca/wastecalendar, download the OneHalton mobile app or dial 311.

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, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

Here’s to a clean and green 2017

Happy New Year from Halton Region!  As we enter a new year, it is an opportunity to make positive changes in our daily lives, including how we impact the natural environment.

Protecting and enhancing Halton’s natural environment is one of our highest priorities. Halton Region is preserving the natural environment by investing in green initiatives to reduce our carbon footprint to keep it beautiful today and for generations to come.

We all have a role to play in making Halton cleaner and greener. As you tidy up after the holidays and start the New Year, here are a few things to remember:

  • Put bundled cardboard boxes, aluminum cans, foils and trays, dairy and juice cartons and disposable plastic containers in the Blue Box;
  • Put items such as turkey bones, baked good, paper plates, cups and napkins in the Green Cart;
  • Put items such as gift wrap, bows, plastic utensils, plastic wrap and bags in the garbage;
  • Keep items out of the landfill and help local charities’ fundraising efforts by donating items in good condition to a reuse centre in Halton; and,
  • Christmas trees (free of decorations, stands and plastic bags) will be collected the week of January 9 and week of January 16. Please put your tree at the curb on your regular collection day.

Every household and business in the community can make a difference – together, we can achieve Halton Region’s goal of a 62 per cent waste diversion rate by 2018.

What we do today matters for tomorrow. Together, we are preserving Halton’s future to keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

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, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

Halton promotes 3Rs during Waste Reduction Week

Waste Reduction Week, which runs from October 17 to 23, is a great time for Halton to highlight the importance of properly reducing, reusing and recycling our household waste.

Halton Region is committed to supporting efforts to protect our natural environment, keeping it beautiful today and for generations to come. Protecting our natural environment is a priority in our Halton Region Strategic Action Plan 2015 – 2018. As part of that commitment, we work to promote environmental sustainability in the delivery of Regional services. To help residents reduce, reuse and recycle their waste, Halton has a number of online tools for residents to access. Residents can visit halton.ca/waste to use these self-serve tools to:

  • alert us of missed waste collection pick up (garbage, Blue Box, Green Cart or yard waste);
  • request email collection day reminders and/or collection day calendars; and
  • order Yard Waste Labels, Garbage Bag Tags and Diaper Bag Tags.

Over the years, Halton residents have earned an impressive track record of adopting environmentally-friendly choices in managing their household waste. Since 2008, more than 60 per cent of residential waste has been diverted from Halton’s landfill through the following programs/services:

  • The Blue Box Program enables residents to recycle a wide variety of products, ranging from newspapers, flyers, boxboard, cardboard, magazines and books, boxed beverage containers, glass jars and bottles, aluminum foil, metal food and beverage containers and plastics.
  • The Green Cart Recycling Program collects food scraps such as: meat, fruit, dairy products, coffee grounds, tea bags, fats/oils, sauces, fruit, vegetables, eggs/egg shells, baked goods and paper packaging.
  • The Special Waste Drop-off Days events held throughout the year to make recycling household hazardous waste and electronic waste more convenient to residents.

This year, the Region is reminding residents to line their Green Cart with paper towels, newspapers, paper bags or certified compostable bags with the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) logo. By properly managing our waste we help to keep our community one to be proud of.

I would like to thank Halton residents for their commitment to practicing the 3Rs and helping preserve the natural environment that keeps Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. For more information, tips and online waste tools, visit halton.ca/waste or dial 311.

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, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.

Practice the 3Rs in Halton this fall

Halton Region is committed to protecting and enhancing our rich natural environment as one of the strategic priorities outlined in the Halton Region Strategic Action Plan 2015-2018. As part of that commitment, we work to promote environmental sustainability in the delivery of Regional services, and one of the key services we provide is the Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS).

The HWMS is Halton’s “one-stop” solution to encourage residents to practice the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The 3Rs help to increase the Region’s waste diversion rate, which extends the life of the Waste Management Site and generates long-term savings for all of us. By providing residents with yard waste composting, the safe disposal of household hazardous waste and garbage disposal, we are preserving Halton’s future.

To help divert waste, Halton offers residents with a series of annual events to make it easier for residents to properly dispose of their waste and support a more sustainable Halton. During the late summer and early autumn, Halton is once again offering our fall Compost Giveaway  and two Special Waste Drop-off Days.

FallWaste1Compost Giveaway

Each year during the Compost Giveaway, Halton Region offers compost to Halton residents free of charge. To participate, visit the HWMS on Saturday, September 17 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with:

  • your own bags or containers (maximum seven garbage bags or equivalent per household) and a shovel, in order to bag your own compost; and
  • a non-perishable food item or cash donation to be distributed to Halton-area food banks.

During last year’s Compost Giveaway events, 4,400 residents picked up approximately 2,000 tonnes of compost. Residents also donated $9,784 and 4,500 kilograms of food to local food banks as part of the event. For a complete list of event details please visit halton.ca/compost.

Special Waste Drop-off Days

FallWaste2To make the recycling of household hazardous waste and electronic waste more convenient to residents, the Region also holds Special Waste Drop-off Days throughout the year.

Visit the Oakville campus of Sheridan College on Saturday, September 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. or the Mohawk Race Track on Saturday, October 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Be sure to review the complete list of acceptable materials before you visit one of the drop-off locations (commercial waste is not accepted at these events).

I encourage everyone to practice the 3Rs, give back to our community and reduce our ecological footprint to keep Halton a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire. For more information, tips and online waste tools, visit halton.ca/waste or dial 311.

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, LinkedIn or Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.