Town of Stony Plain wins national Municipal Environment Award
Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators recognizes Town’s sustainability implications
VICTORIA, BC – The Town of Stony Plain has received national recognition for its Wipe Out Waste program from the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA). The Town was presented with the 2013 Environment Award, in the 20,001 to 100,000 population category, during CAMA’s national conference in Victoria, BC in May.
Thomas Goulden, Town Manager, accepted the Award on behalf of the Town. Ravenhill Group, Inc. was the presenting sponsor for CAMA’s Awards of Excellence. Mr. Marc Landry, CAMA Board Representative for Alberta and the Northwest Territories and chief administrative officer (CAO) for the Town of Beaumont, will re-present Council with the award plaque, given to the Town at the CAMA award ceremony in May, at the regular Town Council meeting on June 10, 2013.
“CAMA is pleased to recognize the innovation and administrative excellence demonstrated by the Town of Stony Plan for the changes and improvements made to its Solid Waste Management Program,” says Ron Shaw, president of CAMA and chief administrative officer for the City of Stratford, ON. “The intent of the Wipe Out Waste program is to improve efficiencies, encourage recycling and reduce the amount of waste destined for landfills.”
“We are both proud and honoured to receive this award and appreciate the recognition for our ongoing efforts to be environmentally responsible,” says William Choy, mayor of Stony Plain. “This award represents the extensive and collaborative efforts that the Town and the community have made – and continue to make – towards reducing our footprint on the environment. On behalf of my colleagues on Council, this Administration and the residents of Stony Plain, we thank CAMA for selecting the Town of Stony Plain for the 2013 Environment Award.”
The changes, which came into effect in April 2012 – following a comprehensive and innovative communications and public awareness campaign, included a switch from weekly collection of household garbage to collection every two weeks, automated waste pickup by truck and waste being limited to what fits within one 65-gallon Waste Cart; each household that pays for garbage collection service received a new Waste Cart.
Organicarts are now collected year-round, instead of just seasonally (every week from mid-April to early November and every two weeks between November and April). Weekly waste, Organics and recycling collection has been reduced from five to four days. Blue Bag(s) Recycling continues to be picked up every two weeks. During the public awareness campaign, nearly 6,500 households received a Kitchen Catcher to encourage proper disposal of food scraps and promote greater use of Organicarts.
Following the launch of the program, the Town monitored residents’ feedback closely, making a few adjustments as required – specifically for institutional users and homeowners with larger properties.
Between May 1 and Dec. 31, 2012, the amount of household waste produced decreased by approximately significantly, compared to this same time-period in 2011. The amount of organics collected also increased.
The new program is an aggressive approach to achieving the waste diversion rate of 80 per cent by 2022, set by the Capital Region Waste Minimization Advisory Committee (CRWMAC).
CAMA’s Environment Award recognizes the commitment of a municipality to environmentally sustainable governance, to protecting the environment and to combating climate change. Awards are granted to programs, projects or services that have made a significant and positive impact on the environment. Because Canada has a unique mixture of small and large communities, awards are granted according to population – for municipalities with populations of less than 20,000, for those with populations between 20,001 and 100,000 and for those with more than 100,000 residents. Certificates of Merit may also be awarded.
“The quality of award submissions from municipalities across the country continues to impress us,” says Keith Arns, chair of CAMA’s Awards Committee, CAMA Representative for Newfoundland and Labrador and chief administrative officer for the Town of Conception Bay South, NL. “We had 52 entries this year, so picking eight winners was a challenge. Congratulations to all the entrants.”
A Canada-wide network and the national voice of senior municipal administrators, the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators (CAMA) strives to nurture and build municipal administrative excellence by providing its more than 500 members with knowledge sharing and learning opportunities, access to best practices and valued input into policies and programs aimed at ensuring healthy and thriving communities across Canada (camacam.ca).
About Ravenhill Group, Inc.
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About the Town of Stony Plain
The Town of Stony Plain is the local government authority for Stony Plain, AB, a community of more than 15,000. Located approximately 17 km west of Edmonton, Stony Plain is a rapidly growing and has been designated a high growth area within the Capital Region for the next 20 years.
The Town of Stony Plain is committed to protecting its natural resources and promoting responsible consumption patterns that encourage living within its ecological limits. Environmental Responsibility is one of the four core strategies of the Town’s Community Sustainability Plan, which governs how it makes decisions and conducts business.