Back to ba­sics with some trash talk

Cape Breton Post - - ENVIRONMENT -

I t has fi­nally hap­pened. Af­ter ap­prox­i­mately 18 months of weekly Green Scene col­umns, my mother has con­fessed that she may have just skimmed my last col­umn.

When pressed, she said that it has be­come of­ten the same old story — save the en­vi­ron­ment this, cut down on con­sump­tion that, blah, blah, blah. Now I love my mother and she would never say blah, blah, blah, but I got the point. Peo­ple want to hear some­thing new, and/or some­thing as rel­e­vant as pos­si­ble to their own lives. So, with this col­umn, I thought I would get back to ba­sics and ad­dress the burn­ing ques­tions on most reader’s minds such as: where to dis­pose of a non-work­ing elec­tric ra­zors, re­mote con­trol cars and mi­crowaves?

This was an ac­tual tele­phone in­quiry from a CBRM res­i­dent this week. The caller won­dered if th­ese items could be dropped off to Pegg’s Re­cy­cling on Keltic Drive with the tele­vi­sion set that they were also dis­card­ing. At ACAP we let her know that while the TV does go to Pegg’s Re­cy­cling, which is an At­lantic Canada Elec­tron­ics Stew­ard­ship (ACES) De­pot, the ra­zor, re­mote con­trol cars and mi­crowaves do not. Un­for­tu­nately, they must go to the Solid Waste Man­age­ment Fa­cil­ity on the Syd­ney Port Ac­cess Road. She can place the ra­zor and re­mote con­trol cars in the reg­u­lar garbage for curb­side col­lec­tion. We of­ten get a ques­tion about whether res­i­dents can drop off work­ing print­ers, com­put­ers and desks at the ACES de­pots. Some­times they are all work­ing items and, if so, we en­cour­age peo­ple to place an ad­ver­tise­ment for sale or do­nate the items to a lo­cal char­ity.

An­other in­quiry we re­ceived this week from a res­i­dent was to ask where to dis­pose of un­used paint? Un­used paint can be taken to the En­viro De­pot, a list of the one clos­est to you is found in your tele­phone yel­low pages. This caller also asked if he can take his propane cylin­der to the de­pot. Propane cylin­ders must be taken to the Res­i­den­tial House­hold Solid Waste de­pot lo­cated at 345 Gulf Cres­cent, Sy­d­port In­dus­trial Park.

What about card­board ice cream con­tain­ers? They are not re­cy­clable in the CBRM but they can go in­stead into your green bin. An­other ques­tion we had last week was if newsprint can be used to wrap food waste. Food scraps can be wrapped in fly­ers or newsprint. Fly­ers would be pre­ferred for wrap­ping food scraps as the newsprint is more valu­able for re­cy­cling, but ei­ther one is fine.

We even had a call last week ask­ing if the wrap­per from a pack­age of gum. Is it re­cy­clable? Un­for­tu­nately, all candy and gum wrap­pers are reg­u­lar house­hold garbage. So hope­fully my mother learned some­thing new this week, and so did you.

This time last year ACAP Cape Bre­ton hosted a Valen­tine for the Earth fundraiser lun­cheon, but this year we have de­cided to hold it in­stead on March 17 with a twist on that fa­mous Ir­ish cel­e­bra­tion, for this lun­cheon only, re­named St. Planet’s Day. More in­for­ma­tion is found on the ACAP web­site. We hope to see you there.

And Mom, Happy Valen­tine’s Day!

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