Tag Archives: waste management

Lowest jobless rate in Canada

September 16, 2011


Guelph is in the news as having the lowest unemployment rate in Canada. There are a whole bunch of reasons and people behind our community’s success. This article in the Guelph Mercury about the growing Water Cluster in Guelph tells one of the stories about what is happening in Guelph that is setting us apart: Water […]

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Give Waste a New Life

August 17, 2011

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Like all residents, I recently received my new Waste Sorting Guide at my home. We need to remove plastics from the green bag to fulfill Ministry of the Environment’s requirements and be ready for when Guelph’s new state-of-the-art Organic Waste Processing Facility opens its doors this fall.  The guide explains the changes we need to […]

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AMO’s Top 12 Asks

July 17, 2011

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The Association of Municipalities of Ontario just released its top 12 priorities for the Provincial Election: Will meet (or beat) promised upload of $1.5 billion in social services and court security costs by 2018 Won’t download costs, or add new ones to Ontario’s limited property tax base Will create a separate, new, predictable and permanent […]

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Organics Facility Update

January 18, 2011


As of the end of December 2010 $13,329,884 has been spent on this project. This is 41.5% of the total project budget. To the end of December, 54% of the actual construction has been completed. Major Construction Activities that occurred during December 2010 were: First and second level of masonry blocks were laid around administration […]

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Status of Organics Facility

November 16, 2009


I have received several e-mails recently wondering about the status of the organic processing facility and the recent negotiations to process organic waste from Waterloo using excess capacity at the facility.  The City signed the contract with Maple Reinders in July to construct the facility.  Demolition and site servicing is happening this fall.  Construction will […]

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Zero Waste

August 6, 2009

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Last Friday, I signed the contract for the new Organics Processing Facility. We still need Ministry approval to proceed but the signing was the culmination of two years of intensive work to get this facility reopened. Sometimes it is easy to get so involved in the detailed due diligence and technical work that you lose […]

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Take it Back

October 20, 2008

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The City has launched an online directory to connect residents with local businesses and organizations that offer take-back programs. The Take It Back directory provides a list of locations where you can take various household items to be reused, recycled or disposed of safely, instead of going to landfill. You can find the directory here: http://www.guelph.ca/takeitback […]

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Bottled Water in the news

August 21, 2008


The issue of bottled water has been in the news alot lately.  Just this week, the City of London banned the sale of bottled water from all City-owned facilities.  Our staff have also been considering this issue in light of local interest.  They are working towards making the new City Hall a “municipal water facility” (or “bottled water […]

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Dumping in rural areas

July 3, 2008


I received the following comments and photo about the irresponsible dumping of garbage that goes on in rural areas especially just outside of the city boundaries:   “I recently led a cleanup of a chronic dumping ground on the lands of the GRCA on Niska Road, just outside of City limits, where we have a new […]

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More on zero waste

June 16, 2008

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There was an article in this weekend’s Saturday Globe and Mail by John Barber on the subject of zero waste.  The Ontario Zero Waste Coalition was launched at a Niagara Falls conference last week.  Guy Crittenden, editor of Solid Waste magazine was quoted in the article as saying “(W)hy on earth should municipalities pay for industry’s […]

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