Ottawa, Ontario, Tuesday, August 18, 2009. Federal Minister of State, Gordon O’Connor and AMO President Peter Hume, presented a 2009 AMO Federal Gas Tax Award to Halton Region for its separated source organic composting program.
In 2008, the Region delivered “GreenCart” organic waste bins to 140,000 homes.  The $3.4 million project was funded almost entirely by Federal Gas Tax revenue and diverted 18,000 tonnes of compost material from a landfill between April and December 2008.  

The AMO Federal Gas Tax Awards honour municipalities that have demonstrated excellence in the use of Federal Gas Tax Funds with projects that exemplify the fund’s environmental and community sustainability objectives.

“This project stands out for its measurable benefits to the environment and for the communication efforts undertaken to ensure its success,” said Peter Hume, President of the Municipality of Ontario (AMO).  “The public was enthusiastic in lending their support and participation to these efforts because they were engaged with clear information, communication forums, and even a mascot-naming competition for children.”  

The Federal Gas Tax Funding provides municipalities with long-term, stable and predictable funding for environmentally sustainable infrastructure that helps achieve cleaner water, cleaner air, or reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Project categories include public transit, local roads and bridges, water and wastewater, solid waste management and community energy systems. It can also be applied to Capacity Building projects that help communities achieve sustainability. 

In Ontario, the Federal Gas Tax Fund commits more than $4.8 billion to Ontario’s communities for sustainable infrastructure between 2005 and 2014.  

“The Federal Gas Tax Fund is an example of what can be achieved when all orders of government work together to address the pressing need for infrastructure investment in Ontario,” said Hume.  “Funding is supporting hundreds of important infrastructure projects and is critical to job creation, Ontario's competitiveness and environmental sustainability.”

The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments and provides a variety of services and products to members and non-members. 

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