At their meeting on July 11, 2008, members of the Niagara-Hamilton WastePlan Joint Working Group accepted the recommendations of a staff report calling for a focus on waste diversion priorities, and an end to the agreement between the two municipalities for the Environmental Assessment (EA) Study for disposal alternatives. Niagara and Hamilton had entered into a formal working arrangement in 2003 to pursue alternate long-term waste disposal technologies. The report also recommends that the municipalities continue to meet on a regular basis to review opportunities for working together. The two municipalities will focus on increasing diversion rates to 65 per cent. Currently Niagara sits at 41 per cent and Hamilton is at 42 per cent. As well, Niagara is working on a 20-year contract with a private landfill in the area. Hamilton is working to extend the life of its existing landfills.