Media Release - Incinerator deal premature, say Durham residents

Durham Region, Tue April 14, 2009 -- It's too early for Durham Region to sign any deal with US incinerator vendor Covanta, say residents concerned about the health and financial risks of the plan to burn trash from Durham and York regions. The residents point out there are three essential pieces of information missing that councillors would need to know before making any decision to proceed with the project.

April 2, 2009 Incineration/Zero Waste Information Session

Here are the presentations given during the Incineration - Zero Waste information session April 2 in Whitby. We thank the keynote speakers and the residents who attended and made the evening a success.

We encourage you to link to this page and let as many people as possible know about this threat to health and sustainability in Durham Region.



2) INCINERATION AND HEALTH CONCERNS: WHERE THERE'S SMOKE...THERE'S ALWAYS FIRE! by Dr. Sean Godfrey, Chief of Pediatrics, Lakeridge Health Oshawa

3) WHAT IS ZERO WASTE? by Nadia McLean-Gagnon, based on a presentation given Feb. 11 by Kristin Robinson

4) ZERO WASTE STRATEGY by Wendy Bracken


6) ZERO WASTE IN ACTION: MARKHAM WALKS THE TALK by Shayne Hartin, Waste Management, Town of Markham, based on the presentation given Feb. 11 by Claudia Marsales, Manager, Waste Management, Town of Markham.

7) LIVING ZERO WASTE by Shawn Williamson, Director, Durham Sustain Ability. Note: link goes to Youtube video sequence of Shawn's slides.


Information Session in Whitby - Another Success

Our incineration and Zero Waste information session Thursday April 2 at Ecole Secondaire Saint Charles Garnier in Whitby was a resounding success!

The presentations will be posted shortly on this site in PDF format.

We thank the residents of Whitby, Durham and the members of municipal councils and municipal staff who attended and showed their interest in this subject of vital importance to the region, the province and, ultimately, the planet.

As you know, Durham and York Regions are trying to solve our garbage challenges with plans to build a waste incinerator in Clarington. We invite you to our next information evening.


Thursday, April 2, 2009, 7:00pm - 9:30pm
Ecole Catholique Secondaire Saint Charles Garnier
4101 Baldwin Street South, Whitby, Ontario
(North of Taunton Road) [MAP]

Incinerator Project Update

The proposed incinerator is far from a "done deal". However, the Region expects to complete the Environmental Assessment Study before the end of June of this year. Now is the time to urge regional councillors to move away from incineration and implement strategies for safer, more sustainable and financially prudent alternatives that move us toward Zero Waste.

Release - Durham politicians vote against EFW ambient air monitoring

Durham Region, March 10, 2009 -- Despite often repeated promises to address the public's health and safety concerns, Durham Region councillors on the Joint Waste Management Group (JWMG), the Durham/York EFW incinerator steering committee, voted today against ambient air monitoring in the vicinity of the proposed incinerator in Durham Region. They were adopting the recommendations of the Environmental Assessment Study consultants Jacques Whitford Ltd.

Incinerators Are Impeding The Transition To Sustainability

Reprinted from Rachel's Democracy & Health News #863, July 13, 2006

Across the U.S. — and, indeed, across the world — waste incinerators are making a comeback. Why? Because there's a huge amount of money to be made.

Incineration Fact Sheet

The Facts And Issues

Did You Know?
…that Durham and York Regions are moving forward with their plan to build an incinerator in Durham?

Halton and Niagara Regions have stopped their plans for incineration, so why haven’t we?

Things You Should Know About Incineration:

Regional Council Email Addresses

Durham Region Council
Durham Region Council is composed of regional councillors from each of the eight constituent municipalities. Unlike the councillors who are elected by residents in their own municipalities, the chairman is appointed by council.

Local councillors in each of the eight constituent municipalities are not directly responsible for waste management, but one would hope that they have an influence on how the municipality's regional councillors represent their residents at the Region.

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Incineration and Zero Waste Information Session in Ajax

The Incineration and Zero Waste Information Session in Ajax was a resounding success!

The presentations are posted on this site in PDF format.

We thank the residents of Durham and the members of municipal councils and municipal staff who attended and showed their interest in this subject of vital importance to the region, the province and, ultimately, the planet.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 7pm-9:30pm
CAW Hall, 140 Hunt Street, Ajax, ON [MAP]


It's still not a done deal! Durham Region's project to build a waste incinerator goes to Regional Council for a decision Wed June 24th. If we act now — together — we can help stop this project. Incineration is not safe and not sensible. We advocate instead for Zero Waste, an approach that avoids incineration and strives to send less and less materials to landfills.

Regional Council Meeting: Council Watcher's Blog The results from the Durham Region Council meeting June 24th. The meeting went until 2:15am in the morning and the gallery was still full of concerned residents (we outnumbered the suits). Some 60 speakers told councillors about the problems with the incinerator and the process used to approve it. We used the generic user ID — Council Watcher — because more than one person was adding to the blog.

Reports: Regional consultants and Clarington peer reviewer reports. Three staff reports were released Friday June 12 before the Tue June 16 committee votes. COW-01 is Dr. Kyle's report on health and ecological risks. COW-02 is the Host Community Agreement with Clarington; COW-03 (broken up into sections because of size) is the actual business, public works and financial report on the entire project. Clarington commissioned its own consultants to review the regional reports.

Councillors: Addresses and phone numbers Contact Durham Region councillors by phone or email. They won't know how you feel if you don't tell them.

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