ecoCaledon

environmental citizens organization

1995

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Jim Cassell and the Landfill Issue Dr Richard Ehrlich and Battery Recycling Back to timeline

Jim Cassell and the Landfill Issue

Jim Cassell had a landfill issue, the Ontario Provincial government made a mistake of launching what widely became recognized as an attack on the countryside through the siting of a waste disposal mega-dump in Caledon.
The proposed landfill and the process itself threatened the very nature of what Caledon citizens valued and expected from their community. Jim took his issue to Mayor Carol Seglins and Citizens for a Clean Caledon (CCC) was established by the Town of Caledon in 1995.
Citizens for a Clean Caledon is a non-profit organization with a mandate to improve the environment within the Town of Caledon and, to support, study, and or implement waste diversion policies and programs in the Town of Caledon and the Region of Peel. They also reduce the amount of the chemicals used on public and private property, as well as develop and encourage environmental education within Caledon schools and the greater community.

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Dr Richard Ehrlich and Battery Recycling

Dr. Richard Ehrlich has been volunteering for environmental causes since he was a University student. His office was the first business in Caledon to be powered by Bullfrog Power clean energy, and his house was the first to have a grid-tied solar power system in Caledon. His house is heated by solar and Bullfrog-powered-geothermal energy. He commutes to work year-round by running shoe, mountain bike or ski.

In 1995 he was approached to help fight a landfill in Caledon, but took the position that Caledon must show leadership by example and reduce our waste first and foremost. Mayor Carol Seglins invited him to be one of the founding members of CCC. On a trip to Greenland, Richard saw that every store there that sells batteries also collects them for recycling. In Caledon there was excellent recycling for harmless materials like bottles, yet toxic batteries were being landfilled and incinerated. Richard was inspired to start a battery recycling program in Caledon, and after years of paperwork and administrative hurdles the program was launched. Caledon is now a leader in this area, and the program has recycled over 20 tonnes of toxic batteries to date.

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