08/28/2008

Toronto, Ontario, August 28, 2008- The City of Hamilton’s Central Composting Facility has received an Honourable Mention for the AMO’s Federal Gas Tax Project Awards.
The award was presented to Hamilton Councillor Russ Powers by Federal Environment Minister John Baird and Past AMO’s President Doug Reycraft at the 2008 Association of Municipalities of Ontario Conference in Ottawa on August 26. 

“Hamilton has built a first-class waste management facility,” said former AMO President Doug Reycraft.  “Located on a former brownfield site, it composts up to 90,000 tonnes of household waste annually, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and diverting a tremendous amount of waste from landfills.”  

This state-of-the-art enclosed aerobic composting system transforms household organic waste into Grade A compost and will reduce the City’s equivalent carbon dioxide emissions by more than 113,000 tonnes annually.  Completed in 2006 at a cost of $33 million, it received approximately $18 million in Federal Gas Tax Funds.  

AMO Federal Gas Tax Project Awards recognize leadership and innovation in infrastructure projects.  

The Federal Gas Tax Fund was announced in the 2005 Federal Budget.  Municipalities can apply the funding to infrastructure projects that promote cleaner water, cleaner air, or reduced greenhouse gas emissions.  The fund is distributed among Ontario’s municipalities based on population and is estimated to bring an additional $2.9 billion to Ontario communities.  

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 445 municipal governments.  AMO supports 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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