MMSB con­tin­ues col­lec­tion pro­gram

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In an at­tempt to ex­pand the reach and con­ve­nience of prop­erly dis­pos­ing of house­hold haz­ardous waste items, the Multi-ma­te­ri­als Ste­ward­ships Board (MMSB) will again be part­ner­ing with vol­un­teer fire de­part­ments in New­found­land and Labrador.

Done through the House­hold Haz­ardous Waste (HHW) pro­gram, it al­lows for the MMSB to work with mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and fire de­part­ments with the aim of man­ag­ing waste and cre­at­ing a greener en­vi­ron­ment.

“We all have a re­spon­si­bil­ity to dis­pose of this ex­tremely harm­ful waste in a pru­dent and the MMSB’S pro­gram pro­vides res­i­dents with a con­ve­nient and safe way to do just that,” said Min­is­ter of En­vi­ron­ment and Con­ser­va­tion Terry French in a re­lease.

The HHW col­lec­tion events got it start with events sched­uled to take place May 5 in Deer Lake and Baie Verte. Full day events are sched­uled for Gan­der, Bon­av­ista and area, Marys­town, Corner Brook, Clarenville, Happy Val­leyGoose Bay, Stephenville and area, while half-day events are sched­uled for Leth­bridge, For­tune, Grand Bank, Lawn, St. Lawrence, Rockey Har­bour, Ter­renceville, Har­bour Bre­ton and Pasadena.

“The high par­tic­i­pa­tion in last year’s House­hold Haz­ardous Waste Pro­gram shows a grow­ing com­mit­ment by New­found­lan­ders and Labrado­ri­ans to pro­tect our en­vi­ron­ment and di­vert waste from out land­flls,” said French.

The vol­un­teer fire de­part­ments will be re­spon­si­ble for col­lect­ing and stor­ing the HHW ma­te­ri­als from res­i­dents. In re­turn the ser­vice, the MMSB pro­vides a fi­nan­cial hon­o­rar­ium for the fire de­part­ments, in sup­port of the work the de­part­ments do in the com­mu­nity.

“Lat year, by part­ner­ing with vol­un­teer fire de­part­ments, we ex­panded our HHW col­lec­tion pro­gram into com­mu­ni­ties that oth­er­wise would not have con­ve­nient ac­cess to this type of pro­gram,” said MMSB chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Leigh Pud­dester. The re­sponse to last year’s pro­gram re­sulted in an ad­di­tional 20,000 litres of HHW be­ing kept out of land­fills.

Since MMSB ini­ti­ated the pro­gram in 1998, close to one mil­lion litres of HHW has been di­verted from waste dis­posal sites through- out New­found­land and Labrador.

Spe­cific dates and lo­ca­tions for this year’s HHW col­lec­tion events will be ad­ver­tised lo­cally.

Ed­i­tor’s note: for more in­for­ma­tion about col­lec­tion days in your com­mu­nity, con­tact your town coun­cil.

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