The Bluewater Recycling Association was founded in 1989 to provide waste diversion services to rural municipalities in southwestern Ontario. The Association is a rural based non-profit organization developing and maintaining facilities on behalf of, and in cooperation with the municipal sector. Its 75 employees handle more than 40,000 tonnes of material yearly from approximately 160,000 people in 70,000 households from 20 municipalities with its state of the art material recovery facility and fleet of 44 collection vehicles. The unique structure of the Association enables it to operate at arms length from its municipal owners providing a management environment similar to a private company focused on efficiency. Under the watchful eyes of the Board of Directors, made up of independent elected politicians, service remains an equally important component of our decision making process. It enables us to yield the benefits from the best of both worlds, private and public.