More Blue and Green for a Better Planet

In the weeks leading up to the final deadline for award nominations, we will be profiling various Conservation Halton Awards of Excellence recipients from years past. Here is the last of the series.

Halton Region Waste Management Services
2008 Community Award Recipient

When Halton Region was considering significant changes to its waste collection program, it recognized the success would be dependent on an innovative and complete community outreach program. The changes would include the introduction of the GreenCart program to collect organics, more frequent Blue Box collection and less frequent garbage pick-up.

Halton created the “More Blue and Green for a Better Planet” community outreach campaign to promote the changes in the community. Through this campaign, Halton Region demonstrated excellence in educating and informing school children, businesses and residents alike on the merits of recycling, and on the availability of Regional services to help the community recycle more. As a result, the target rate of 60 per cent of residential waste being diverted from the landfill was achieved.

An integral component of the program was the extensive work done in the school byJohn Watson, Waste Diversion Education Coordinator with Halton Region, to spread the message of “More Blue and Green for a Better Planet.” 

This includes launching the first Greencart program in a Halton secondary School (Georgetown’s  Corpus Christi), championing the efforts of Ontario Ecoschools, leading workshops for students including student-led waste audits and Halton Waste Management Site Tours. To give an idea, more than 72 workshops and more than 7,000 students and educators were reached between September 2008 and April 2009.

About the Conservation Halton Awards of Excellence

Every year, Conservation Halton recognizes people and organizations who have made significant contributions to conservation in the Halton watershed. Nominees have included such groups as teacher associations and federations, scout and guide organizations, naturalist clubs, corporations, government agencies and private landowners. Click here for more information on other previous Awards of Excellence winners.

Anyone in the community can submit a nomination in the following award categories – Citizen, Community, Corporate, Education and Stewardship. Nominations must be submitted by midnight on Monday, April 30, 2012, click here for more information on the awards and to submit a nomination.

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