Fall the per­fect time for re­cy­cling

Three events to help res­i­dents de­clut­ter, dis­pose prop­erly

The Casket - - LOCAL - RICHARD MACKEN­ZIE richard­mac@the­cas­ket.ca

Septem­ber will be a good time to make some room in your house or apart­ment with three re­cy­cling/ dis­posal events tak­ing place in Antigo­nish.

This Fri­day and Satur­day (Sept. 14 and 15), the Town of Antigo­nish is host­ing Care 2 Share, a two-day cam­paign where res­i­dents can leave un­wanted — but per­fectly us­able — items at their curb with a sign, so other res­i­dents can take what they want.

“Reusing items in­stead of dis­card­ing them re­duces land­fill costs, and is a great way to both de-clut­ter and to find some great trea­sures of your own,” pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial from the East­ern Re­gional Solid Waste Man­age­ment (ERSWM) web­site (erswm.ca) states, while also not­ing it will take place “rain or shine.”

Items can start to be put out on Fri­day, no ear­lier than 7 a.m., and, if not taken, must be re­moved from the curb by dusk on Satur­day. They must be clearly marked ‘free’ and an ex­am­ple list of items is part of the ERSWM web­site no­tice.

The sug­ges­tion for items not claimed is to con­sider do­nat­ing them to char­i­ta­ble or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Next up is an­other hold­ing of the pop­u­lar bulky item pickup ac­tiv­ity.

Tak­ing place dur­ing Sept. 17, 18 and 19 (cor­re­spond­ing to your reg­u­lar garbage pickup day), bulky waste col­lec­tion is a “special event for res­i­dents within the Town of Antigo­nish who cur­rently re­ceive col­lec­tion un­der the town’s waste man­age­ment col­lec­tion pro­gram.

“This col­lec­tion is an op­por­tu­nity to dis­pose of un­wanted items that do not fit in a reg­u­lar garbage bag.”

It’s noted that items should be placed on the curb no ear­lier than 9 p.m. on the night pre­vi­ous to your reg­u­lar col­lec­tion day and no later than 7:30 a.m. on the morn­ing of that day.

Also im­por­tant to note; doors must be re­moved from fridges and freez­ers, ap­pli­ances and all other items must be free from reg­u­lar garbage, car­pet and un­der­lay must be no longer than 5 feet rolled and tied, and bro­ken glass must be safely pack­aged.

A list of “ac­cept­able items” and “items that will not be col­lected” is found on the ERSWM web­site. A “waste hot­line” — 902-863-4949 — is also pro­vided for those re­quir­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion.

The fi­nal ac­tiv­ity of the smart re­cy­cling/dis­posal trio goes the fol­low­ing week­end (Sept. 21 and 22) where there will be a chance for Antigo­nish res­i­dents — town and county — to prop­erly dis­pose of house­hold haz­ardous waste.

Set-up in the Antigo­nish Mar­ket Square park­ing lot, at 133 Church St., the drop-off op­por­tu­nity will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fri­day and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Satur­day.

A def­i­ni­tion of house­hold haz­ardous waste ac­com­pa­nies ma­te­rial pro­mot­ing the event.


“House­hold haz­ardous waste is left­over or un­wanted house­hold prod­ucts that con­tain cor­ro­sive, toxic, ig­nitable or re­ac­tive in­gre­di­ents. Proper dis­posal pro­tects both us and the en­vi­ron­ment.”

A large list of ex­am­ples is on the web­site and folks are en­cour­aged to call the afore­men­tioned town’s waste hot­line, the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of the County of Antigo­nish at 902-863-1117 or ERSWM at 902-870-2817, for more in­for­ma­tion.

Richard Macken­zie

A bro­ken of­fice chair is a good ex­am­ple of an item which could be left out on the curb dur­ing bulky waste col­lec­tion in the Town of Antigo­nish, Sept. 17 to 19.

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