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Town Thanks Province for $2.3 million Grant from the Greenhouse Gas Challenge Fund

27/04/18

Town of The Blue Mountains’ Solid Waste Division has been granted $2.3 million from the provincial Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.  The Town applied to the Municipal Greenhouse Gas Challenge Fund for support of a project that will replace tanker haulage of landfill leachate with a forcemain and pump station. 

MPP Jim Wilson announced the grant at a ceremony at Town Hall on Friday, April 27, 2018. Mayor McKean, Mayor, and Jeff Fletcher, Manager of Sold Waste and Environmental Initiatives, thanked the province for the funding. Mr. Fletcher also commended the efforts of Senior Management and Town Staff, specifically citing the work of Cameron Wilson who did much of the work to prepare the Grant.

In 2016 and 2017 the Town hauled approximately 25,000 cubic meters of leachate in over 700 diesel truck loads or 165,000 kilometres of travel per year.  This project will reduce 25,143 equivalent carbon dioxide tonnes between construction and 2051 by switching fuel sources and fitting the pump station with a photo voltaic renewable energy source.

The Town will contribute $250,000 in funds and $75,000 in-kind to this $2.6 million project and will benefit from annual operational savings of approximately $75,000.  There are also additional benefits including a reduction in leachate related odours and by reducing local truck traffic.

For More Information on the Project Contact:

Jeff Fletcher

Manager of Solid Waste & Environmental Initiatives

Town of The Blue Mountains

(519) 599-3131 ext. 238

1-888-258-6867

managersolidwaste@thebluemountains.ca


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