When I returned to office in 2007, I was shocked at the neglect of our waste management system. The infrastructure was literally rotting. We had fallen so far from our leadership position in Ontario.
I was determined to turn this around.
Fortunately, Council and the community were behind me.
Waste Diversion Ontario has issued a press release today announcing Guelph achieved the highest 2012 diversion of municipal waste from landfill in Ontario. Guelph will become the first recipient of the Ron Lance Memorial Award launched in November 2013 as an annual award.
Read the press release about the Ron Lance Memorial Award here: http://www.wdo.ca/news/guelph-wins-first-ron-lance-memorial-award/
See the top 20 rankings here: http://www.wdo.ca/news/top-20-ontario-municipalities-diverting-residential-waste-20/
The award-winning new Organic Waste Processing Facility is a significant part of our current achievement. The construction of the facility was on time and under budget and it is performing as intended. Excess capacity, designed to accommodate future growth of the city, has been sold to Waterloo.
It was not easy. There was, and still is, a small, but vocal, group that doesn’t support our vision for waste management. I do not agree with all their tactics – especially the harassment of staff and members of Council. However, we have persisted, strengthened important relationships with the community, and gained the support of some of our strongest critics.
Today our entire community deserves to be proud of our leadership. I know I am.
Today, we are good ancestors.