Ques­tions? We have an­swers!

The Amherst News - - COMMUNITY - Brenda Rioux Brenda Rioux is the waste re­duc­tion co-or­di­na­tor for the Cum­ber­land Joint Ser­vices Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity.

As you may know, the Cum­ber­land Cen­tral Land­fill has launched a mo­bile app that will re­mind you when your col­lec­tion day is, no­tify you if col­lec­tion is can­celled (which is con­ve­nient in the win­ter!) and even no­tify you when spe­cial events are com­ing up.

e pro­gram also has a great search tool where you can search dis­posal op­tions for a num­ber of items. e thing I love most about this pro­gram is that it al­lows me to see what the most fre­quently searched items are which helps with our education pro­grams.

So now are you left won­der­ing what the most com­monly searched items are? Won­der no more! e items that made it to the top of the list are: pet waste, sty­ro­foam, aerosol cans, bat­ter­ies, and empty paint cans.

Now some of you may al­ready know where these items go but in case you’re one of our res­i­dents won­der­ing, read be­low.

Pet waste — when res­i­dents call ask­ing where to put kitty lit­ter and pet waste we tell them that it should go in their green cart. Some peo­ple are su­per ex­cited to hear this and oth­ers seem sur­prised.

Not to worry though, it can be added safely to our com­post­ing process; tem­per­a­tures reach over 55C and do so for at least 15 days.

Now if you hap­pen to have sev­eral pets and so much cat lit­ter that it would make your cart too heavy, it is still ac­cept­able to put this ma­te­rial in the garbage. An­other thing to re­mem­ber is that if you use the biodegrad­able bags to pick up pet waste those go into the garbage too as they don’t break down. Sty­ro­foam — this one is quick and easy. Al­ways place Sty­ro­foam in the garbage. It may seem con­fus­ing be­cause you will nd the mo­bius loop (re­cy­cling sym­bol) on the pack­ag­ing how­ever what this means is that it’s re­cy­clable

where fa­cil­i­ties ex­ist and here in Cum­ber­land County we do not have the fa­cil­ity to re­cy­cle it. Empty aerosol cans — re­cy­clable, how­ever keep in mind that if the cans are not empty you have to take them to a House­hold Hazardous Waste Event. House­hold bat­ter­ies — for­tu­nately for res­i­dents there are a few lo­cal drop o points that take old bat­ter­ies; the Amherst Sta­dium and Cana­dian Tire. Please don’t place your bat­ter­ies in your re­cy­cling bag as this can pose a hazard to in­di­vid­u­als han­dling them and fa­cil­i­ties ac­cept­ing them. Empty metal paint cans —

re­cy­clable. Re­mem­ber to re­move the lid and please make sure that there is no liq­uid paint re­main­ing. One thing you may no­tice is that when you are out shop­ping for paint that more and more metal paint cans are be­ing re­placed with plas­tic ones and un­for­tu­nately these cans are not re­cy­clable and should be placed in the garbage.

So, if you’re some­one who wants to keep up on the lat­est what goes where, I sug­gest that you down­load the free Cum­ber­land Cen­tral Land­fill App and you will have all the an­swers at your nger­tips, and if you’re not a cell­phone user, no wor­ries, visit www.cjsma.ns.ca; the same ser­vices are avail­able.

Keep­ing Cum­ber­land Clean, one pop bot­tle at a time!

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