08/18/2009

Ottawa, Ontario, August 18, 2009 – AMO President Peter Hume thanked Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty for his government’s commitment to meaningful waste management reform.
Changes accomplished over the past year include holding the producers of consumer goods and packaging more accountable for related waste management costs.

“The Ontario Government understands that greater incentives are needed to encourage smarter packaging, reduce waste and increase recycling,” said AMO President, Peter Hume.  “Shifting waste management costs from property taxpayers to waste producers provides practical incentives we need to better protect our environment.”

Premier McGuinty shared a stage with Peter Hume at the 2009 Annual AMO Conference in Ottawa.  The conference is Ontario’s foremost educational forum for municipal governments.  More than 1600 attendees from hundreds of municipalities across Ontario are participating.

The AMO Conference wraps up Wednesday morning with an address by George Smitherman, Ontario’s Minister Energy of Infrastructure – and announcement of the winner of the Count Me In! Community Challenge.  Held on the anniversary of the North American black out, Count Me In! recognizes the municipality that reduces energy consumption the most on August 14. 

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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