MAYOR PIRIE MEETS WITH MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT, CONSERVATION AND PARKS 
Timmins, ON – Earlier today, Mayor Pirie had the opportunity to meet with the Chief of Staff for the Honourable Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks at the Association for Municipalities of Ontario’s Annual Conference in Ottawa.  

“From the environmental, financial, logistical, stakeholder and regulator perspectives, waste management is a highly challenging issue for Timmins and for communities all across the province,” said Mayor George Pirie.  “Minister Yurek’s staff understands this and we discussed the government’s plans to transform the system and move responsibility to the producers of waste.  Waste management is a complex problem and we need to be at the forefront of finding solutions to Ontario’s waste problems.”

Ontario generates nearly a tonne of waste per person each year.  Waste diversion is Ontario has stalled at 30%, seeing 70% of that waste ending up in municipal landfills.  By reducing and diverting waste from landfill we can make the economy more productive.  According to the Conference Board of Canada, every 1,000 tonnes of waste diverted from landfill generates seven full-time jobs, $360,000 in wages and more than $700,000 in gross domestic product (GDP). 
Posted by Lisa Greer On 8/19/2019 at 1:29 PM  

 
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