Back to basics with some trash talk
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!