Green Municipal Fund Commits $73,975 to the City of Whitehorse for a "Green Cart" Waste Minimalization and Diversion Pilot Project



    WHITEHORSE, YT, Feb. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - City of Whitehorse Councillor Jan
Stick of the Association of Yukon Communities, representing the Federation of
Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and the Honourable Vic Toews, President of the
Treasury Board, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural
Resources, announced today a $73,975 Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant for the
City of Whitehorse. The City is investing this funding in a "green cart" pilot
project to minimize and divert waste as part of its residential organics
collection program.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that
specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal
governments," said Councillor Jan Stick, representing FCM. "The financing and
knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that
are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
    "Sustainable communities are the foundation of a sustainable nation. And
that's a goal that we all share," said the Honourable Vic Toews. "Through the
Green Municipal Fund, our government is assisting municipalities across the
country to deliver results. Projects such as these will help to ensure a
cleaner and healthier environment for Canadians."
    Under the pilot project the City of Whitehorse is reviewing its
residential organics collection system to determine the feasibility of three
measures to enhance the program. The first of these measures is the adoption
of standardized green carts with lids, coupled with automated lifters for
organics to eliminate the cost and process issues currently experienced with
bag liners. Secondly, black carts have been tested to create a unified
two-cart curbside system to improve the collection program's profile and
visibility. In cooperation with the 2007 Canada Winter Games Host Society, the
City has also tested the potential for waste diversion at special events.
    "Thanks to the Green Municipal Fund, the City of Whitehorse has had the
opportunity to field test measures to refine its organics collection program
that it might not have had otherwise," said Whitehorse Mayor Bev Buckway.
"This testing will result in environmental benefits that will improve the
quality of life for all residents of Whitehorse. For example, the City
estimates that full implementation of a green cart program would offset in
excess of 1,100 tonnes of carbon dioxide from our landfill each year. In turn,
this would reduce the potential for leachate toxicity and treatment, as well
as protect groundwater resources."

    The Government of Canada has endowed the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities with $550 million to establish and manage the Green Municipal
Fund. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private
sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and
climate protection.

    FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It
fosters sustainable communities enjoying a high quality of life by promoting
strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.




For further information:

For further information: City of Whitehorse, YT: Sabine Schweiger,
Environmental Coordinator, City of Whitehorse, (867) 668-8312, Fax: (867)
668-8386, environment@whitehorse.ca; Green Municipal Fund, Raymond Sullivan,
Communications Manager, Centre for Sustainable Community Development,
Federation of Canadian Municipalities, (613) 907-6294, Fax: (613) 244-1515,
rsullivan@fcm.ca; Natural Resources Canada: Louise Girouard, Director of
Communications, Minister's Office, Natural Resources Canada, (613) 996-2007,
Fax: (613) 943-0663; For information on the City of Whitehorse, visit
http://www.whitehorse.ca; For information on the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities, visit http://www.fcm.ca; For information on the Green
Municipal Fund, including details of other approved projects and studies,
visit http://www.sustainablecommunities.fcm.ca; For information on Natural
Resources Canada, visit http://nrcan-rncan.gc.ca; For information on
Environment Canada, visit http://www.ec.gc.ca

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