Scouts Plant 200 Trees at the Halton Waste Management Site
On Saturday, April 27, Halton Region, in partnership with Conservation Halton and local Halton Scouts, raised environmental awareness and enhanced the landscaping of the Halton Waste Management Site (HWMS) by participating in an annual tree planting event. Approximately 100 Halton Scouts planted 200 trees at the landfill site located at 5400 Regional Road 25 in Milton.
“With the ability to absorb as much as 50 pounds of carbon dioxide each year, the trees planted will have a direct impact on protecting the environment and our community,” said Regional Chair, Gary Carr. “Many thanks to Conservation Halton for supplying the trees and educating the Scouts about preserving our natural environment.”
Conservation Halton CAO, Ken Phillips took part in a brief opening ceremony at the event. Halton-area Scouts, many of their leaders, family members and volunteers also participated in the tree-planting event with trees provided by Conservation Halton. Scout Canada Special Event Coordinator for the Burlington area, Mr. Bob Collison, volunteered his time once again to recruit and coordinate the Scouts who play an important role in the maintenance of the Waste Management Site while helping the environment.
“Conservation Halton is pleased to be part of this successful partnership with the Burlington Scouts and Halton Region, which has resulted in the planting of 1750 trees since 2000,” said Conservation Halton CAO Ken Phillips. “It’s very rewarding to see a sense of stewardship being instilled in Halton’s youth through this tree planting.”
Since 2000, over 1750 native trees have been planted at the HWMS by Halton-area Scouts, which is an example of the sound environmental practices applied at Site operations. Other practices include collecting rainwater from building roofs for reuse on site for tasks such as garden watering and washing equipment and utilizing over 35,000 passenger car tires in the asphalt used to pave the Site roads.
To learn more about the Scout Tree-Planting event, access Halton by dialing 311 or visit www.halton.ca/waste. Follow Halton Waste Management on Twitter @HaltonRecycles and visit the blog at www.haltonrecycles.ca.
The Regional Municipality of Halton serves more than 500,000 residents in the City of Burlington, the Town of Halton Hills, the Town of Milton, and the Town of Oakville. Halton Region is committed to meeting the needs of its residents through the delivery of cost-effective, quality programs and services, including water and wastewater; Regional roads and planning; paramedic services; waste management; public health; social assistance; children’s and seniors’ services; housing services; heritage programs; emergency management and economic development. For more information, dial 311 or visit Halton Region’s website at www.halton.ca.
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