08/21/2014

London, Ontario, August 20, 2014 – The City of London’s Regional Materials Recovery Facility has won an AMO Gas Tax Award.
Peter Braid, Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Communities and Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo presented the award on stage on August 19 to Joni Baechler, Mayor of London.

The AMO Gas Tax Awards celebrate excellence in the use of the federal Gas Tax Fund. Winning projects improve local quality of life and contribute to a cleaner environment.   

“Our Regional Materials Recovery Facility is exceeding expectations with higher revenues than expected and lower operating costs,” said Joni Baechler, Mayor of London. “The facility diverts waste from landfills for London and seven other communities. We’re proud to be honoured with an AMO Gas Tax Award.”

The Regional Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) was originally planned to be built only for the City of London. The flexibility of the federal Gas Tax Fund allowed London to build a regional facility that serves the City as well as seven other municipalities in Southwestern Ontario. The state-of-the-art facility diverts more than 35,000 tonnes of waste per year, reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill and greenhouse gas emissions.

“Southwestern Ontario is now diverting more waste from landfills thanks to the federal Gas Tax,” said Russ Powers, past AMO President. “The region will continue to benefit from the Materials Recovery Facility for years to come.”

The federal Gas Tax Fund is one of the only permanent and stable sources of funding for municipal infrastructure. It provides Ontario municipalities with $744 million per year of entitlement based funding. AMO delivers the Fund to all Ontario municipalities, except Toronto, twice a year, on a per capita basis. It is invested in infrastructure that makes our communities safer, more efficient and prosperous.  The Town of Collingwood also received a 2014 AMO Gas Tax Award for making improvements to its transit fleet. The Region of Durham received an honourable mention for the Durham York Energy Centre. You can learn more about the Gas Tax Fund in Ontario by visiting www.gastaxatwork.ca or @GasTaxinOntario on Twitter.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments.  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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