Erie County Regional Municipal Pollution Prevention Program
|Description:||Summary: Erie County, New York established a pollution prevention partnership with the Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth, Ontario. The Erie County Office of Pollution Prevention also worked with other local governments within Erie County to adopt pollution prevention policies,
practices, and procedures.
Bilateral Partnership with Hamilton-Wentworth
The Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth and Erie County signed a Memorandum of Understanding on March 30, 1995, which formally launched training and information sharing networks linking the communities.
Erie County conducted two pollution prevention training sessions for Publicly Owned Treatment Works POTW) employees. More than 100 POTW inspectors and managers from both New York and Ontario attended these sessions. The Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth hosted two pollution prevention symposiums for municipal officials throughout Canada and the United States, with more than 150 officials attending these workshops.
The bilateral partnership has enhanced information sharing, allowing both governments to avoid duplicating efforts. Erie County and the Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth continue to share information about pollution prevention processes, policies and training.
Erie County/Town of Amherst Pollution Prevention Alliance
The Erie County Office of Pollution Prevention (ECOPP) established a $20,000 grant program, soliciting proposals from the 44 municipalities within Erie County. Originally, ECOPP envisioned dividing the funds for local pollution prevention efforts between four municipalities. However, the Town of Amherst was the only municipality which demonstrated interest in carrying out the program. Thus the grant program focus shifted toward supporting incorporation of pollution prevention strategies into one local government’s policies and procedures.
The Town of Amherst, with assistance from Erie County, developed a work plan to incorporate pollution prevention into its policies and procedures. A Town policy, adopted in April 1996, establishes pollution prevention as a priority in the use and management of hazardous materials. Key Town employees were trained and the project received a commitment from the Town’s leadership before the project progressed. Pollution prevention has been included in the pretreatment inspection process, routine fire and safety inspections, the site plan review process, and the building inspection process. The Pretreatment Coordinator supplies pollution prevention information and assistance to Town of Amherst businesses. Pollution prevention assessments were conducted at a hospital, a university facility management department, a university vehicle maintenance department, two large manufacturing companies, a restaurant, a hotel, two print shops, a research park, and a dental products manufacturer. The assessments were voluntary and confidential. Town and County staff identified opportunities for local businesses to both reduce the amount of waste they generate and to save money. The town and the county organized pollution prevention workshops for health care facilities; hotels and restaurants; and vehicle maintenance facilities. These industry sectors were chosen because they are ubiquitous throughout the Town of Amherst.
The Regional Municipality of Hamilton-Wentworth, Ontario
Town of Amherst
There are no reports associated with this project.
Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are funding this project.
Organizations Receiving Funding
Below is a list of organizations with individual contacts that are receiving funding for this project.
Erie County Department of Environment and Planning - Primary Contact
95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202
Below is a list of associated organizations that are NOT giving or receiving funding for this project.
Town of Amherst, NY - Partner
Amherst Municipal Building
5583 Main Street
Williamsville, New York 14221
Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable (GLRPPR)
One East Hazelwood Drive Champaign, IL 61820