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”.

Helping residents divert waste through spring waste events

Halton Region is committed to protecting and enhancing our rich natural environment. As part of that promise, we work to increase the Region’s waste diversion rate by encouraging residents to practice the 3Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – making Halton a more sustainable place to live.

The Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS) is Halton’s “one-stop” solution for the 3Rs, providing residents with yard waste composting, the safe disposal of household hazardous waste and garbage disposal. To help increase diversion efforts, Halton offers residents with a series of events each year to make it easier for residents to properly dispose of their waste and help support a more sustainable Halton.

This May, we will once again offer our Spring Compost Giveaway and Special Waste Drop-off Day events, providing us with an opportunity to increase diversion rates while also giving back to the community.

Spring Compost Giveaway

Halton is offering free compost to residents through the Spring Compost Giveaway. The high-quality compost is made up of the leaf and yard waste collected through the Region’s yard waste collection program, with a portion offered back free of charge to Halton residents. This year’s spring event will be hosted at the Halton Waste Management Site, from Saturday, May 9 to Sunday, May 15. The 2016 dates and times include:

  • Monday, May 9 – Saturday, May 14
    8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 15
    8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

If you plan on attending, please remember to bring the following:

  • 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 (spring and fall), 4,400 residents picked up approximately 2,000 tonnes of compost. Residents also donated $9,784 and close to 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

To make the recycling of household hazardous waste and electronics waste more convenient for residents, we will hold a series of Special Waste Drop-off Days throughout the year. The first event will take place on Saturday, April 30 at Robert C. Austin Operations Centre in Georgetown (8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) in partnership with the Halton Hills Earth Day Event.

A few items being accepted include:

  • Pesticides
  • Paint
  • Motor oil
  • Propane tanks
  • Computers/phones
  • TVs

Be sure to view the complete list of acceptable materials before you head to one of the drop-off locations – commercial waste will not be accepted. For a full list of event dates, please visit halton.ca/dropoff.

I encourage everyone to practice the 3Rs, give back to our community and help 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”.

Help preserve Halton this Earth day!

2015 Scout Tree Planting event

On April 22, six million Canadians will participate in recognizing one of the world’s largest environmental events: Earth Day. This year’s Earth Day event focuses on growing the global forest. Halton Region is committed to protecting and enhancing our rich, natural environment and is currently involved in a number of projects that support forest and tree growth in Halton, such as:



  • The Annual Scout Tree Planting Event, hosted by Halton Region on April 30. It is part of the Region’s ongoing tree planting and maintenance program at the Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS). Over the last 15 years, this initiative has supported the planting of over 5000 native trees.
  • The Burlington Beach Regional Waterfront Park Master Plan, which will begin implementation later this year. The Master Plan includes plans to restore the sensitive beach and dune area located within the park with native trees, shrubs and other plants.
  • The Biodiversity Strategy for Regional Forests, which is a 10-year strategy that guides the Region’s many sustainability initiatives by managing the preservation of our rich and diverse landscape.

Resident wishing to take part in local Earth Day events can attend the many community events that have been planned by our local municipalities and environmental groups throughout Halton. These events include:

I am pleased to join residents and community partners in their tireless efforts to preserve the natural environment for future generations. What we do today, matters for tomorrow. Together we are preserving Halton’s future as 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”.