Guelph, Ont., August 24, 2016– The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) awarded the City of Guelph with the 2016 Gold Excellence Award in the Collection Systems category at the Association’s annual conference held in Indianapolis, Indiana yesterday.
“The City of Guelph is honoured to receive the Gold Excellence Award for our curbside collection system,” says Heather Connell, manager of Integrated Services, Solid Waste Resources. “Our collection and processing of residential curbside waste—successfully driven by our residents’ diligent three-steam sorting—has enabled Guelph to achieve the highest waste diversion rate in Ontario.”
Vivian De Giovanni, supervisor of Program Development with Solid Waste Resources, received the award on behalf of the City for the Automatic Cart-Based Collection System entry.
Guelph converted from manual bag-based curbside collection to a fully automatic cart-based curbside collection system in phases from 2012 to 2014. The automatic collection system successfully reduced the collection fleet by four trucks, which resulted in operational savings of over $460,000.
Stakeholder support and adoption was essential to the success of the program. A survey of Guelph households, conducted in 2013, revealed 80 per cent of residents using waste carts were satisfied with the City’s automated collection system when compared to the previous system.
About Guelph’s Solid Waste Resources
Solid Waste Resources manages the collection, processing, diversion and disposal of Guelph’s organic, recyclable, household hazardous and other solid waste through the delivery of innovative public services. The department provides waste management services to residential and commercial customers. These services build on Guelph’s leadership in waste management for an environmentally and economically sustainable future.
About SWANA’s Excellence Awards Program
The Excellence Awards Program recognizes outstanding solid waste programs and facilities that advance the practice of environmentally and economically sound solid waste management through their commitment to utilizing effective technologies and processes in system design and operations, advancing worker and community health and safety, and implementing successful public education and outreach programs. Programs also must demonstrate that they are fiscally and environmentally responsible through their compliance with all applicable federal, state and local regulations.
For more than 50 years, the Solid Waste Association of North America has been the leading professional association in the solid waste field. The association serves more than 8,400 members throughout North America, and thousands more with conferences, certifications, publications and technical training courses.
For more information:
Heather Connell, Manager, Integrated services
Solid Waste Resources, Environmental Services
519-822-1260 extension 2082
Please find here a link to information about lane reductions on Gordon Street beginning Monday, August 29:
There will be lane reductions in one or both directions on Gordon Street from Arkell to Edinburgh starting Monday for about one week for underground water and sewer pipe installations.
We’re all thrilled I know.
10 Food Trucks
(5 new Trucks this year)
1. Dobro Jesti Schnitzel & More
2. Fo Cheezy
3. Meat Ventures Meat Wagon
4. Breakfast Blues & BBQ’s
5. Urban Express
(5 returning Trucks)
1. Chef Scotty’s Cooks
2. Sweet Tempation Cupcakes
3. Café Du Monde Creperie
4. Luchador Gourment Streatery
5. SchmuckN Gourment Food
Plus: Guelph Water Wagon (bring your own water container)
Guelph, Ont., August 23, 2016 – A new initiative—Newcomers on Board—is creating opportunities for newcomers and organizations to benefit from one another.
The pilot project, launched earlier this summer, matches highly-skilled new Canadians or recent immigrants—living in the Guelph and Wellington County area—with non-profit corporate boards and municipal committees, to share their skills, ideas and passions.
“Newcomers not only enrich the diversity of their communities, they also bring new skills and ideas that help grow local economies. By helping newcomers better integrate into the social and economic fabric of the community, the city of Guelph is positioning itself for continued prosperity,” says Citizenship and Immigration Minister Laura Albanese.
Alex Goss, manager of Community Investment at the City, agrees. “We’re excited to be part of a program focused on bringing diversity and new perspectives to boardrooms across Guelph and Wellington County. Volunteering on a board of directors is a great opportunity for newcomers to get acquainted with their community.”
Christine Oldfield, executive director with the Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington, adds, “Research shows that diverse corporate boards are more effective decision makers, innovative thinkers, and have stronger board governance. As our community diversifies and welcomes more new Canadians, it is important that all governing boards benefit from the experience and knowledge that newcomers bring.”
There is no cost for individuals or boards to get involved and training is provided. Funding for this initiative is provided by the Government of Ontario.
“I am very pleased that our government is funding an initiative that will provide unique opportunities for newcomers and non-profit corporate boards and municipal committees. Guelph and Wellington organizations will benefit from the new perspectives and diverse experiences of newcomers to our community,” says Liz Sandals, member of provincial parliament for Guelph.
The City of Guelph, Volunteer Centre of Guelph/Wellington and Immigrant Services Guelph-Wellington are overseeing the project, which was initiated with the support of the Guelph Wellington Local Immigration Partnership.
Community partners include: Guelph Chamber of Commerce, Guelph Community Health Centre, Lutherwood Employment Services, University of Guelph’s Community Engaged Scholarship Institute, and Wellington County.
To learn more or register for the program, visit volunteergw.ca or call 519-822-0912 extension 222.
For more information:
Manager, Community Investment
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2675