Not all items are for heavy garbage

Des­ig­nated col­lec­tion sites are in place for such items as tires, propane tanks, paint

Cape Breton Post - - News Northside/Cape Breton - BY JULIE COLLINS jcollins@cbpoat.com

Vol­un­teers with the Clif­ford Street Youth Cen­tre are con­cerned with the num­ber of items left be­hind in the wake of the heavy garbage cleanup.

“Kids are nat­u­rally cu­ri­ous. We are see­ing empty propane cylin­ders, tires and even car parts, and these are things that kids shouldn’t be play­ing with,” said vol­un­teer Paul Ratch­ford.

“The prob­lem is once some­one sees an item at the curb or on the grass, then be­fore you know it there is a pile of garbage.”

Ratch­ford said it isn’t just ar­eas on the North­side that have this prob­lem.

“I’m sure there are other ar­eas through­out the re­gional mu­nic­i­pal­ity where these things are be­ing left be­hind. It’s up to the owner of these items to dis­pose of them in the proper man­ner. We just fin­ished clean­ing up to mark Earth Day. This type of garbage, it’s cre­at­ing un­safe con­di­tions for the kids.”

The Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Mu­nic­i­pal­ity is in the third week of the an­nual heavy garbage cleanup which is ex­pected to be com­pleted by early next week.

“We ad­ver­tise what should and should not be put out to the curb for the heavy garbage,” said CBRM man­ager of solid waste Fran­cis Camp­bell. “We have tags we put on items that aren’t el­i­gi­ble for pickup. It is the home­owner’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to re­move items that aren’t picked up.”

Roschell Clarke, CBRM solid waste ed­u­ca­tion co-or­di­na­tor, said ma­te­ri­als that aren’t ac­cepted for pickup dur­ing heavy garbage col­lec­tion are items the mu­nic­i­pal­ity can’t ac­cept be­cause they are banned from land­fill in­clud­ing tires, propane cylin­ders, left­over paint and elec­tron­ics.

“Left­over paint can go to an En­viro-De­pot (lo­cated in the North­side Busi­ness Park) and that is free of charge,” said Clarke. “Elec­tron­ics such as tele­vi­sions, desk­top and portable com­put­ers and prin­ters would go to an EPRA (Elec­tronic Prod­uct Re­cy­cling As­so­ci­a­tion) De­pot at no charge.”

She added that tire re­tail­ers will ac­cept up to four tires at a time, and the only re­quire­ment is they have to be off the rims.

Con­sumers pay an en­vi­ron­men­tal charge when they pur­chase new tires.

“The smaller propane tanks can be taken free of charge

to our house­hold waste spe­cial drop-off lo­cated 345 Golf Cres­cent in Sy­d­port In­dus­trial Park,” she said. “The larger ones can be taken to Thrifty Propane which is also lo­cated in Sy­d­port.”

The sea­sonal leaf and yard waste drop-off site in North Syd­ney, lo­cated just off King Street (for­mer pub­lic works),

will open May 18 and re­main open ev­ery Thurs­day 1-6 p.m. un­til late Novem­ber.

“For a lot of the smaller house­hold items such as cof­feemak­ers, ket­tles or toast­ers, peo­ple don’t have to wait un­til heavy garbage to get rid of them,” Clarke said. “As long as it fits in a garbage bag and is un­der 25 pounds, they can be

put out for reg­u­lar pickup.”

Bro­ken glass can be in­cluded in reg­u­lar garbage as long as it is in a plas­tic con­tainer or a card­board box and la­belled prop­erly.

“Any­one with ques­tions re­gard­ing solid waste dis­posal can call 902-567-1337.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

From left, Mikayla Ni­chols, Drew­cilla Burke, Sum­mer Yur­czyszyn, and in back, Maddy Nichol and Lan­don Clarke, show off some of the items that weren’t el­i­gi­ble for pickup as part of the an­nual heavy garbage cleanup.

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