Waste Diversion Ontario creates the Ron Lance Memorial Award

Annual award to recognize the municipality with the highest waste diversion rate in Ontario

TORONTO, Nov. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) today announced the creation of the Ron Lance Memorial Award, in honour of a long standing WDO employee who made a significant contribution to Ontario's recycling community.

For seven years, Ron Lance managed the Municipal Datacall at WDO, working closely with municipalities, First Nations and recycling associations to compile and verify program data and reports on the tonnage diverted from landfill sites by all Ontario municipal recycling programs. His work on the Datacall helped to develop one of North America's leading databases on residential garbage collection. Mr. Lance passed away in October 2013.

"Ron was such an important and well respected member of our team both inside the office and throughout the entire recycling community. We feel this is a very appropriate way to honour his legacy," said Michael Scott, CEO, Waste Diversion Ontario.

Each year, WDO requires municipalities to complete the Municipal Datacall to be eligible for funding for the Blue Box Program. In addition, WDO requests the submission of tonnage data for all other waste materials the municipality oversees, including hazardous or special waste, electrical and electronic, organics, garbage, and others.

The annual Datacall information is used to determine the municipality with the best waste diversion rate in the province. This December, the municipality with the highest waste diversion rate will receive the first annual Ron Lance Memorial Award.

Waste Diversion Ontario (wdo.ca) is the not-for-profit organization funded by industry that oversees Ontario's current recycling programs for electrical and electronic equipment ("e-waste"), used tires, Blue Box material, and household hazardous waste. As part of its oversight role, WDO monitors these programs to ensure they meet diversion targets and are funded by the producers of the materials being diverted from our landfills.

SOURCE: Waste Diversion Ontario

For further information:

Media Contact:
Julie Kwiecinski, o: 416.226.3252, m: 416.550.1995, juliekwiecinski@wdo.ca

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