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”.

Sunday pilot program: increasing waste diversion and customer service

HWMSHalton Region is committed to supporting waste diversion efforts and providing high-quality customer service that is easy to access for all residents. We take great pride in making Halton a great and sustainable place to live and we are always looking for new ways to improve the programs and services we provide.

To help residents with their waste disposal and recycling and to support our waste diversion efforts, Halton Region will be opening the Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS) on Sundays from April 17 to July 10. As part of a pilot program, the site will be open between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. to measure resident interest and assess the long-term feasibility of having the landfill site open on Sundays.

During the three-month pilot period, Halton residents are invited to take advantage of the extra day to drop off recyclables, yard waste, household hazardous waste and garbage. All regular services at the HWMS will be available, including:HWMSdriveway

  • Recycling and Garbage Disposal
  • Yard Waste Drop Off
  • Household Hazardous Waste Depot
  • Paint and Stain Reuse Depot
  • Salvation Army Reuse Depot
  • Blue Box and GreenCart Pickup/Exchange

We are committed to protecting the natural environment which is a priority in our Strategic Action Plan 2015-2018. By participating in our waste management programs, residents of Halton continue to achieve a remarkable waste diversion rate. Since 2008, more than 60 per cent of residential waste has been diverted from Halton’s landfill. This is a remarkable accomplishment that has resulted from working together to promote long-term sustainability in our community.

Thank you all for your ongoing efforts to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. What we do today, matters for tomorrow. Together, we are preserving Halton’s future, ensuring that Halton remains a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire.

For more information about the Halton Waste Management Site, the new pilot program, and waste reduction and diversion tips and programs, please visit halton.ca/HWMS 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”.

The new Halton Guide and Waste Collection Calendar coming soon!

Waste Calendar coverRGBTo keep residents informed about Regional programs and services and their waste collection schedule, and to better help residents with their waste reduction efforts, the Region produces The Halton Guide and Waste Collection Calendar every year. The new edition will be delivered to residents by late March.

What’s new this year?

  • This year’s edition has been redesigned to provide homeowners with information on many Regional programs and services, as well as seasonal household tips.
  • Bulk waste will now be collected more frequently: every other week on the same day as your garbage collection.
  • This guide also contains tips on how to use the 3R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) to support sustainable practices and encourage the use of the Blue Box and GreenCart for appropriate waste.

Preserving Halton today for tomorrow helps ensure a high quality of life in our Region, making it a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire for generations to come. I appreciate the efforts Halton residents have made when it comes to waste diversion. Since 2008, single-family households have diverted over 60 per cent of their waste from landfill and have extended the life of the landfill site from 2012 to 2044!

I hope Halton residents will continue to look for ways to reduce their waste every day. For tips and more information about the Region’s waste collection services, and to sign up for automatic waste collection reminders, visit halton.ca/waste.

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 Region Spring Compost Giveaway runs until Saturday May 10

There is still time to take advantage of Halton Region’s Spring Compost Giveaway. Every year Halton collects your yard waste – leaves, garden trimmings and brush – and converts it into high-quality compost.

Until Saturday, May 10, you can visit the Halton Waste Management Site at 5400 Regional Road 25 in Milton to pick up compost free of charge. The annual spring event, which began on May 5, runs daily from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.

I invite you to visit the landfill to pick up garden-ready compost for your spring gardening and landscaping projects.

Remember to bring: Compost 2014

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

Halton Region runs the Spring Compost Giveaway every year to thank residents for helping to divert yard waste away from Halton’s landfill. Halton residents are diverting 60 per cent of single-family household waste by participating in Blue Box, GreenCart, reuse, household hazardous waste and yard waste programs – this is an incredible achievement.

Halton’s waste management practices, including our yard waste program, both protect the environment and make good financial sense. Our landfill site was originally scheduled to close in 2012. Thanks to the waste diversion efforts of Halton residents, the landfill life has been extended by more than 30 years to 2044, saving taxpayers the estimated $1 billion cost of a replacement site.

For more information about the Spring Compost Giveaway, visit Halton.ca/compost or dial 311. You can also follow Halton Waste Management on Twitter @HaltonRecycles, #HaltonCompost, and visit the blog at Haltonrecycles.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 or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

 

A Well Planned Community to Protect Our Natural Heritage and Environment

The beauty of the landscape in Halton is a key attraction in our region.  From the lake in the south to the Escarpment running through our community, Halton Region’s Official Plan establishes policies to ensure we protect this natural heritage for generations to come.   The success of our waste diversion programs has extended the life of Halton’s landfill to 2044, and therefore saved Halton residents money, since a new landfill would cost close to $1 billion dollars.  High participation rates in our waste diversion programs makes our landfill more sustainable which is good for the environment and good for taxpayers.  Join me on a walk at Kelso Conservation Area in Milton as I reflect on the importance of planning and sustainability to support and preserve vibrant communities and the natural environment.

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.”

Holiday Closure – 311 services available

On behalf of Regional Council and staff, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and aholiday closure safe, happy and healthy holiday season.

Halton Region’s administrative offices are closed for the holidays as of December 23 at 4:30 p.m. and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2014.

All essential services will remain available during this time. Essential services include:

If you need help with a Regional service during the holidays, please dial 311. Dialing 311 also gives you access to other Halton Government Services including Local Municipal Services, Halton School Boards, and non-emergency Police services in more than 170 languages. Did you know that 311 services are also available online at 311halton.ca. Through 311 online you can pay a parking ticket, find a Regional or municipal service, sign up for cold alerts, apply for a job, report a collision or missed waste collection and more. 

From my family to yours, I would like to wish you a wonderful Christmas and holiday. All the best for a healthy New Year.

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.”

Council Approves 0.4 per cent property tax reduction for 2014 budget

I am pleased to let you know that Regional Council has approved the 2014 Budget and Business Plan marking the fourth time in the last eight years (2008, 2010, 2011 and 2014) that Halton Region has achieved a property tax reduction for Regional tax supported programs and services.  Halton Region has one of the best records in Canada for keeping taxes low while maintaining and enhancing service levels.

This is great news for residents and businesses in Halton.  We are one of the few municipalities in all of Canada that has actually reduced taxes. By maintaining our AAA credit rating and keeping our taxes low we ensure Halton is competitive which attracts jobs and investment to our community.

Halton is a great place to live.  Residents want high quality services and low taxes. We have been able to maintain and enhance service levels without increasing taxes.

You can view the 2014 Budget and Business Plan online.  Here are some highlights of key investments in the 2014 budget:

  • $177 million in transportation capital investment
  • $405,000 to create additional child care subsidies
  • $721,000 to maintain service levels for waste management services
  • $300,000 to increase the number of SPLIT passes available in the community (subsidy for bus passes for low income residents)
  • $65,000 to support the development of an Agri-tourism Program to attract more tourism to Halton’s rural communities
  • $195,000 for Locates (Ontario One Call) a new underground infrastructure notification system
  • $600,000 to support initiatives outlined in the Comprehensive Housing Strategy
  • $320,000 for assisted housing programs including continued implementation of subsidies for low income residents

Halton Region’s strong fiscal management policies ensure we can deliver high quality services for our residents.  Our AAA credit rating demonstrates to our taxpayers and the business community Council’s commitment to fiscally responsible decision making.  A AAA rating and a reduction in taxes attracts companies like Target, Siemens, Toronto Premium Outlets and Gypsum Technologies Inc. making Halton a hotspot for business. 

The 2014 Budget and Business Plan is available online as is the Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan which highlights fiscal responsibility and attracting and retaining jobs as key priorities. My video blog on Attracting and Retaining Jobs provides additional information with highlights on Halton Region’s 10 Year Economic Development Strategy.  

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.”