The Municipalities of Dysart et al, Algonquin Highlands, Highlands East, Minden Hills and the County of Haliburton brought home the hardware at the Municipal Waste Association’s 2021 promotion and education awards June 2.

Dysart et al environmental manager, John Watson, said Dysart et al received a Gold Print Tool Award for its children’s activity book Let’s Protect the Environment Together. The book was available for pickup during the fall of 2020, and is also available for download at dysartetal.ca/ waste. The other award winners in the category were Dufferin County (silver), and City of Barrie (bronze).

The judging committee said, “By targeting a specific audience, this activity book was fun and creative, and demonstrated that small municipalities can implement effective promotion and education.”

Dysart, Algonquin Highlands, Highlands East, Minden Hills, and the County of Haliburton, in partnership with the Haliburton County Public Library, also won a silver Social Media and Online Strategy Award for their fall 2020 Waste Reduction Week in Canada social media campaign. The other award winners in this category were Region of Waterloo (gold), and City of Toronto (bronze).

On the Haliburton municipalities’ submission, judges said, “The partnership between four small municipalities, the County and library, helped effectively deliver consistent and clear waste diversion messaging to residents.”

The Municipal Waste Association is an incorporated not-for-profit organization formed in 1987 by Ontario municipal waste management professionals to facilitate the sharing of municipal waste reduction and recycling information and experience.

Its annual awards recognize outstanding achievements by Ontario municipalities for the use of effective waste minimization and diversion communication efforts.

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