Toronto, Ont., December 22, 2003 – AMO President, Ann Mulvale, today said, “We are thrilled that Minister Dombrowsky has moved forward with the WDO Blue Box Program Plan.

This is a much needed shot in the arm for municipal blue box programs across Ontario.  Industry and municipalities got down to business and now have a partnership that will help the environment and make a difference for our communities.”

Today’s approval of the Blue Box Program Plan developed by Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) will help municipalities in their efforts to divert more waste from landfill and to achieve the 2006 target of 50% and the Minister’s target of 60% by 2008.   “Ontario’s communities have embraced the blue box system and to expand it requires investment,” said Mulvale. “Industries’ involvement through Stewardship Ontario will strengthen a well-proven diversion system that can be further developed with both financial assistance and with an eye to reducing packaging.” 

Municipal governments have been awaiting the approval of this funding source since the Blue Box Program Plan was submitted last February.  Sustainable and predictable funding for the Blue Box is essential and the start date of February 2004 is most welcomed.

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is a non-profit organization with member municipalities representing 95 per cent of Ontario’s population.  AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.

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