Regional Municipality of York, Ontario
McCleary Court Community Environmental Centre
With only one full-service waste management depot located in the north end of the regional municipality of York, many residents in the south had to drive long distances to dispose of their waste. Community environmental centres (CECs) are designed to provide the public with reliable and convenient access to solid waste management services. The McCleary Court CEC, located in the city of Vaughan, is the first in a planned regional network of CECs and was officially opened in July 2009. Vaughan residents attended a public consultation meeting early in the project process, allowing them to learn about the facility and ask questions prior to construction. Follow-up meetings were held to resolve the community’s concerns, and a number of design and operational measures were adopted.
As part of the project plan, working relationships were established with two charity reuse partners, Goodwill and Habitat for Humanity. Another integral component in the project was the inclusion of a community education space that informs residents on conservation programs, environmental sustainability and regional waste management programs. Targeting LEED® Silver certification was also an important aspect of the project, as it aligns with the environmental mission of the facility. The region expects that thousands of tonnes of waste will be diverted annually from landfill disposal.
- 3,000 tonnes of waste projected to be diverted from landfill annually
- LEED® Gold certification supports facility’s environmental mission
- Community relationships create a win-win scenario