Col­lec­tion events suc­cess­ful, says East­ern Waste

The Compass - - OPINION -

East­ern Waste Man­age­ment is de­scrib­ing a re­cent se­ries of house­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion events in the re­gion as a tremen­dous success, with many res­i­dents par­tic­i­pat­ing in the first round of local events.

“We are thrilled with the turn-out for th­ese events,” said Ches Ash, deputy mayor for the Town of Car­bon­ear and a mem­ber of East­ern Waste Man­age­ment’s board of di­rec­tors.

“Res­i­dents took time out of their Satur­day to do the right thing — rec­og­niz­ing that proper dis­posal of house­hold haz­ardous waste is crit­i­cal to safe­guard the soil, wa­ter, and at­mos­phere around us from chem­i­cals.”

“Events like this show us that our com­mu­ni­ties are be­com­ing more en­gaged in waste diver­sion ef­forts and re­spon­si­ble treat­ment of waste, and this will con­tinue to be an im­por­tant com­po­nent of our ser­vices as we work to­wards the most sus­tain­able waste man­age­ment model pos­si­ble,” added Harold Mul­lowney, vice-chair­per­son of East­ern Waste Man­age­ment and Mayor of Bay Bulls.

Car­bon­ear Fire Chief Ed Kavanagh de s c r i be d the re­sponse as “mas­sive,” not­ing that be­tween 80 and 100 ve­hi­cles dropped off ma­te­ri­als through­out the day.

De­part­ments who part­ner with the col­lec­tions re­ceive a $ 1,000 do­na­tion from East­ern Waste Man­age­ment, which Kavanagh de­scribed as a great ges­ture for brigades that badly need the rev­enue to main­tain op­er­a­tions.

He noted that be­tween eight to 10 vol­un­teer fire­fight­ers were on hand to help col­lect the ma­te­ri­als.

Up to last week, col­lec­tion events had taken place in the fol­low­ing towns in the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion re­gion — Bay Roberts, South River, Cavendish, Con­cep­tion Har­bour, Har­bour Grace, Old Per­li­can, Whit­bourne, Win­ter­ton, Salmon Cove and Car­bon­ear.

House­hold haz­ardous waste con­sists of those prod­ucts that are poi­sonous, cor­ro­sive, flammable or stored in a pres­sur­ized con­tainer.

Ex­am­ples of poi­sonous prod­ucts in­clude sol­vents, bat­ter­ies, an­tifreeze, med­i­ca­tion, pes­ti­cides, fer­til­iz­ers, wood stains and preser­va­tives, and ra­di­a­tor coolants.

Cor­ro­sive prod­ucts in­clude bleach and other house­hold clean­ers, rust re­movers, wax strip­pers, laun­dry stain re­movers, over and drain clean­ers, and au­to­mo­tive leadacid bat­ter­ies.

Prod­ucts con­sid­ered flammable in­clude oil, gaso­line, mo­tor oil, kerosene, camp­ing fuel, paint thin­ners, methyl hy­drate, lighter fluid, con­tact ce­ment, oil-based paints, in­sect re­pel­lent, aerosol con­tain­ers, fur­ni­ture clean­ers, paint brush clean­ers, and gaso­line/oil mix­tures.

Prod­ucts stored in pres­sur­ized con­tain­ers such as propane and bu­tane, as well as aerosol con­tain­ers that are not empty, are con­sid­ered ex­plo­sive.

East­ern Waste Man­age­ment (EWM) is the re­gional ser­vices board re­spon­si­ble for the plan­ning of waste man­age­ment for the East­ern Re­gion un­der the Provin­cial Waste Man­age­ment Strat­egy.

“Events like this show us that our com­mu­ni­ties are be­com­ing more en­gaged in waste diver­sion ef­forts and re­spon­si­ble treat­ment

of waste…” — Harold Mul­lowney

Sub­mit­ted photo

A re­cent house­hold haz­ardous waste col­lec­tion day in Car­bon­ear is be­ing de­scribed as a success. Mem­ber of the fire depart­ment are shown here load­ing col­lect waste into a truck

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