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Ottawa Valley wins sustainable community award

The Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre (OVWRC) has been named a recipient of a FCM CH2M HILL Sustainable Communi...


The Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre (OVWRC) has been named a recipient of a FCM CH2M HILL Sustainable Community Award for excellence and innovation in municipal solid waste that has advanced sustainable community development.

"The Centre has made an important impact in diverting solid waste since it began operations in 2002," said Steve Bennett, Chair, Ottawa Valley Waste Management Board. "This award shows that the Centre’s innovative approach is a viable model for other rural communities wanting to develop solid waste programs."

The Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre has been recognized for its leadership in solid waste. Created by five municipal partners (Petawawa, Pembroke, Laurentian Valley, North Algona Wilberforce and Sebastopol Ward of Bonnechere Valley) the OVWRC manages environmental programs for household hazardous waste, recycling, organics, and construction and demolition waste in addition to the already existing landfill. The organics facility uses an in-vessel system that assists in the creation of a quality compost product.

The new facility has increased organics processing from less than 3,000 tonnes in 2002 to over 4,200 tonnes in 2004. The collection rate for all other materials has also grown by about two-thirds over the same period.

"Canada’s municipal governments are accelerating efforts to adopt strategies and practices for sustainable community development to strengthen environmental performance and contribute to protecting our climate," said Ann MacLean, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and mayor of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. "We are setting the pace in meeting the environmental goals of Canadians and securing the economic, social and environmental well-being of our communities through sustainability."

FCM and CH2M HILL Canada established the Awards in 2000 to recognize and celebrate municipal leadership in championing sustainable community development and promoting best practices in addressing environmental issues in municipal operations. Winning projects also demonstrate the economic and social benefits of sustainability. The Awards are also supported by FCM’s Green Municipal Funds and the Government of Canada

"CH2M HILL is proud to be one of the founding partners of the Sustainable Community Awards as they enter their sixth year. The awards recognize municipalities for their achievements and commitment to improving Canada’s quality of life." said John Murray, president of CH2M HILL Canada.

The Ottawa Valley Waste Recovery Centre will receive its award on Thursday, June 2 at a ceremony on the evening before the opening of FCM’s 68th Annual Conference and Municipal ExpoTM in St. John’s, NL.

FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. The federation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in all communities by promoting strong, effective and accountable municipal government. FCM supports sustainable community development by providing a wide-range of resources including capacity building, networking tools and financial services to plan and implement innovative green infrastructure.

CH2M HILL is a global full-service infrastructure and environmental firm providing services in water, transportation, energy and industrial systems to public and private clients in numerous industries. CH2M HILL is committed to developing innovative, practical and sustainable solutions to serve the needs of communities worldwide.

For more information, contact Joseph Hall, site manager, at 613-735-7537, ext, 210 or Elizabeth Kenrick, 613-735-7537, ext. 216


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