Collection events successful, says Eastern Waste
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
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