March 26, 2014
An arbitrator has ruled that the Ontario Blue Box funding arbitration between municipalities and Stewardship Ontario is to be held in public:
On March 24, arbitrator Robert Armstrong released his decision after hearig argumet from lawyers for the Associoation of Municipalities of Ontario, the City of Toronto and Stewardship Ontario.
Lawyer Dianne Saxe has posted the decision on her Envirolaw website as well as the "pleadings" (each side's opening postion).
The hearing is to determine how much stewards should pay to municipalities for the cost of running Blue Box programs in 2014.,
The hearing will begin in late April, and a decision is expected this fall.
March 20, 2014
MWA Board 2014 to 2016 - Call for Nominations
The Municipal Waste Association (MWA) is seeking nominations for the Board for 3 x two-year positions (2014-2016), and for 1 x one-year position 2014-2015) from its Municipal membership.
Aspiring board members may nominate themselves but should meet the following criteria:
1. Demonstrate expertise in the field of recycling, waste reduction, solid waste management
or a related area, or expertise in a field relevant to the operation of the Municipal Waste Association (e.g. management, finance, law, government, public process).
2. Agree that as a Board member s/he will conform to the policies, aims, and objectives laid out in the MWA constitution and bylaws and policy decisions of the organization.
3. Must meet the requirements of municipal membership and be a member in good standing.
4. Commit to attend/participate in a minimum of seventy-five percent (75%) of regular Board meetings.
The MWA Board meets approximately 12 times per year and most of these meetings are conducted via teleconference.
Please submit your nomination form to Ben Bennett, Executive Director, no later than 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014,
by fax at: 519-823-0084,
by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or by mail: Municipal Waste Association, 127 Wyndham Street North, Suite 100, Guelph ON N1H 4E9
February 04, 2014
Attendees at this year MWA Spring Workshop will see some changes, including more music, tours, and a shortened annual general meeting. And another new idea is pending.
Hockley Valley Resort near Orangeville will once again be the venue and last year’s core registration fee of $395 for the two session days (Wednesday, May 14 and Thursday, May 15) is being held for 2014.
The annual golf tournament will be held on the Tuesday, as usual, and the Tuesday evening will again feature light jazz, the golf awards, plus a beer tasting and sampling from Wellington County Brewery.
We are delighted to have Clarissa Morawski from CM Consultig as our opening speaker.
The sessions will cover the latest information on the proposed Waste Reduction Act and associated activity, the latest from the recycling markets and presentations on municipal co-operation, organics, municipal hazardous or special waste, promotion and education multi-residential waste diversion and landfill operations.
Watch the MWA Bulletins and this website) for details as they are confirmed.
An abbreviated version of the MWA AGM will be held after the Wednesday night dinner, along with an update on MWA activities. A live band will provide the entertainment after the dinner.
Thursday morning will see a choice of two tours offered to delegates. One bus will leave for the new Blue Mountain Plastics plant in Shelburne, while a second bus will head for the Community Recycling Centre operated by the Region of Peel in Caledon.
While the event is being held at Hockley Valley Resort, the MWA had also reserved rooms at an alternative, lower-priced hotel, the Orangeville BestWestern ($159.99 + HST = $180.79, including continental breakfast) . Rooms will need to be confirmed at least a month ahead of the workshop and mention "Municipal Waste Association". Any cancelations must be made at least seven days before the reservastion date. The MWA will organize a shuttle service between the hotels on the night of the MWA dinner, Wednesday night, May 14.
This year, a special discount of $50 is being offered to those MWA municipal members who have not sent a delegate to a spring workshop in the past five years (limit one per municipality). Registration must be made before April 11, 2014.
Also, communities of 20,000 or less who have to travel more than three hours to attend will also receive a $50 dscount (limit one per municipality). Registration must be made before April 11, 2014.
Please call the MWA office for more details - 519 -823-1990 , or link here to a downloadable registration form.
January 06, 2014
After a couple of years of relative inertia in the world of waste management politics, 2013 turned out to be a very busy one indeed.
We had no sooner got back to normal after our largest spring workshop ever, when Ontario’s environment minister Jim Bradley introduced Bill 91, the proposed Waste Reduction Act.
This was followed by three months of consultation and the bill returned to the Legislature for second reading discussion in late September. It has been there ever since.
As the year ended, the municipal sector started an initiative aimed at reaching out directly to the blue box stewards to look for common ground, outside of whatever legislative activity may be happening.
We have been able to present a united municipal voice on these issues, courtesy of continued cooperation of AMO, the Regional Public Works Commissioners of Ontario (RPWCO) and MWA.
This collaboration not only means we can garner input from the smaller and larger municipalities, but also means that we can let them know what is happening in a timely manner.
As we start a new year we can look forward to more work on the Bill 91 file. If it does get to the committee stage, the work has only just begun, with possible amendments to be discussed and negotiated. If an election is called in the spring, as expected, and the bill dies on the order paper, the work to improve our current system carries on.
Whatever 2014 may bring, you may rest assured we will be there with our AMO and RPWCO colleagues to speak up for municipalities, large and small.
And to let you know what is happening.
December 16, 2013
These qualify for the in-kind newspaper ad program
Two new ads have been accepted by WDO as qualifying for the in-kind funding program.
Note: One shows Christmas wrappng paper which is not accepted in all blue box programs so an alternative, more generic illustration is used for the second ad.
Both have the same written message of waste diversion with a reference to the AMO waste page.
All ads must be placed via WDO (KatrinaGeorgaras@wdo.ca).
(Note: these ads can be modified. )
October 22, 2013
Final agenda released for MWA Fall Workshop, October 29, 2013, Holiday Inn, Barrie, ON
October 10, 2013
Pitney Bowes Canada has submitted an initial draft Industry Stewardship Plan (ISP) to Waste Diversion Ontario (WDO) to collect and process floor-standing printing & copying devices and desktop printing, copying & multi-function devices.
WDO is reviewing this initial draft ISP. Further details, including the stakeholder consultation process for this ISP, will be available once staff complete an initial scan of the proposal.
October 07, 2013
Debate on Bill 91, the Waste Reduction Act, resumed last week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
The debate is scheduled to continue today (October 7).
We will update when we know more.