HaltonRecycles is here to share with you interesting news, tips and stories about the 3Rs – reduce, reuse, recycle. We work for Halton Region Waste Management Services, which provides residents, schools and some businesses with waste collection, processing and disposal.
Introducing the faces behind the words and their areas of expertise:
Hi, I’m Stacey, I have been with Halton Region since 1988 and 13 of those years in Waste Management Services. My current position is a Waste Management Operations Assistant. In my job, I take care of the wide variety of calls that Halton Region receives daily involving collection issues, apartments, schools, waste collections at special community events, and other all waste related inquiries. Every day is something new and exciting and I enjoy helping the residents of Halton Region. I live in Halton with my husband, two kids and two dogs. I enjoy family time, gardening and love to cook and bake.
Hi I’m Andrea, and this is my ninth year working in the Waste Management Services division for Halton Region. Did you know over 170,000 tonnes of waste is collected from the curb every year? Someone has to manage those numbers and that’s part of what I do as the Administration Technician. In addition to data management and analysis, I also assist with the financial administration of the waste collection and processing contracts. I seem to be a “forever student” with a degree from University of Toronto in Environmental Management, a post-grad in Environmental Control, and a certificate in Project Management. I am determined to travel the world, and you may see me scooting around town on my Vespa.
I am one of the three Nicoles in Waste Management Services. As a Waste Management Program Coordinator, I have the opportunity to work on various projects such as the Waste Management Guide & Collection Calendar, coordinating Special Waste Drop-off Days and enhancing recycling in apartment buildings. I have a degree in Environmental Science and Biology, a post-graduate certificate in Environmental Mananagement, and am currently working on a diploma in Managment Studies. I enjoy the opportunity to work with people who want to do the right thing by reducing their waste and those who just need a nudge in the right direction. I enjoy travelling (and seeing how the rest of the world manages their waste), gardening, home renovations, but most of all spending time with my young family.
Shirley McLean, P.Eng
Hi, I am Shirley. I have been working at Halton Region since 2004 and my current position is the Supervisor of Solid Waste Planning. My educational background includes a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Guelph. My career focus is to work on programs and policies that lessen the environmental impact of waste on our earth. I am particularly interested in supporting 3Rs activities and continuously learning about new ways of reducing and recycling waste. Personally, I like to get out and enjoy the environment by skiing, hiking and canoeing.
As a Waste Management Program Coordinator, some of the programs I oversee involve stewardship, special material recycling and local drop off depots. What I enjoy most about my position is collaborating with my colleagues in projects that require team effort. Participating in events such as Special Waste Drop-off Days, the Halton Children’s Water Festival and Fall Fairs has been a fabulous way to engage and learn about our Halton community. I have strange obsession with Excel spreadsheets and always find an excuse to whip one up! When I’m at home I love being active, whether I’m running/walking my dog, biking with my husband, or participating in various exercise regimes.
Hi, I’m Ben. I have been working in Halton Region’s Waste Management Services division for over 10 years. I’m the Supervisor of Waste Collection Operations, which means I’m responsible for administering and supervising our waste collection, transfer, and processing contracts. I basically make sure your waste is collected each week! I have a degree in Environmental Resource Science and a passion for the outdoors and spending time with my young family. I am always interested in hearing new and innovative ideas about waste management.
Hi! I am Walter and I have worked as the Landfill Technologist for over 7 years at the Halton Waste Management Site. I am involved in the construction of the landfill cells (where we put Halton’s garbage) and in the operation of the landfill gas collection and green-power generation system (which collects methane-rich gases from the buried garbage and turns it into electricity). Halton’s landfill is a finite resource we are fortunate to have in our community. Your continued participation in Blue Box, GreenCart and Yard Waste programs helps conserve the precious landfill space we have left.
Hi I’m Allison and I am the Landfill Technician at the Halton Waste Management Site. I am a recent graduate from the University of Guelph with an honours Bachelor of Science in Physical Science and a minor in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Environmental Analysis. I provide technical and administrative support services for the solid waste operations at the landfill. I also do a lot of number crunching, collecting all site data and preparing reports on incoming garbage, diversion streams, leachate flows, and even weather information. My motto: The sky is the limit!
Hi, I’m John, the Waste Diversion Educator Coordinator for Halton Region. I deliver educational workshops in Halton schools, teaching about 30,000 students each year about recycling and composting! I also coordinate Halton’s waste management communication programs like WasteLess News, lots of flyers and brochures, and this blog. I teach other waste management professionals about developing and implementing communication campaigns. You might see me about town in Halton’s “frog mobile.” My wife and I, plus our dog and rabbit, live in Halton. I love to read and run – but not at the same time!
Hi, I’m the second of three Nicoles! I am the GreenCart Program Coordinator, and have been working for Halton Region Waste Management Services since 2008. I graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor degree in Psychology, which has given me insight when trying to influence waste management behaviours. I have used these skills to introduce the GreenCart program in Halton Region, and am continuing to work on implementing the GreenCart program into publicly-funded schools, townhouse complexes and apartment buildings. Can’t decide if something can go in the GreenCart – ask me! When I’m not digging around compost piles, I enjoy camping and playing baseball.