OWMA releases guide to protect pollinators at waste management sites

Today, the Ontario Waste Management Association released a new guide to provide step-by-step advice on Enhancing Pollinator Habitats at Waste Management Sites.

The OWMA worked with Pollinator Partnership and Shared Value Solutions to produce this comprehensive guide, which breaks down how to create, maintain and enhance pollinator habitat areas at open and closed landfills sites, as well as other waste management facilities.

“Our association has and continues to play an active role in creating and conserving habitat areas to support pollinator health in our province,” said Gord White, OWMA CEO. “We hope that this guide will serve the sector in developing more pollinator habitat sites and contribute to the success of the provincial government’s efforts to maintain healthy pollinator populations in Ontario.”

The “Create” section of the guide explains how to select and prepare an appropriate pollinator habitat site at a landfill or a waste management facility. The “Maintain” section provides guidance on spring clean-up, post-fall seed planting and herbicide applications. And the “Enhance” section includes recommendations on maintaining habitats for specific pollinators, including hummingbirds and different species of bees and butterflies. The guide also explores budgeting, monitoring and conducting research at pollinator sites.

This special project received support from several OWMA members, which include: GFL Environmental Inc., the City of London, the Region of Niagara, the Region of Peel, Walker Environmental Group Inc., and Waste Connections of Canada.

“We appreciate the leadership and support of the OWMA’s membership on this important project,” White said. “Many OWMA members are already maintaining pollinator habitats at landfills and waste management facilities, and we trust this guide will provide the tools needed for even more of our members to create and maintain their own sites.”

To read the guide, click here. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (905) 791-9500.