Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - for immediate release

Oakville first municipality in Ontario to achieve 3RCertified status for its Town Hall

Recycling Council of Ontario and Deputy Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Paul Evans honoured Oakville with a Silver 3RCertified status for its leadership in waste reduction and diversion at its Town Hall building. Oakville is the first municipality to receive such an honour for a municipal building and one of only 16 buildings in Ontario that has achieved 3RCertified status.

“This silver status recognition speaks to the commitment on behalf of Council and staff to actively reduce and divert waste at the town,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “Thank you to everyone who works at and visits Town Hall and demonstrates their environmental consciousness by reducing, reusing and recycling.”

Oakville’s Town Hall was evaluated on the various ways an organization manages solid waste using pre-established criteria. Certification is awarded at one of four levels (Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze) based on the total number of points earned following detailed documentation review and a rigorous on-site, third-party evaluation.

3RCertified is a unique voluntary program, and the first of its kind in Canada for the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional sectors, that measures, reports, and improves waste reduction and recycling practices for businesses. The program aims to standardize and enhance waste minimization practices through a comprehensive analysis of the entire lifecycle of material management – from procurement to final destination.

For information on other Town of Oakville environmental programs visit the Environment page.

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