Household hazardous waste collection focusing on smaller communities

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Tom Hedderson

The Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB) will be partnering with volunteer fire departments in rural communities across the province, as well as the City of Corner Brook and the Town of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, to provide people a convenient way to properly dispose of household hazardous waste.

According to a news release, the Household Hazardous Waste Program provides a valuable recycling service to residents of the province, ensuring this waste stream stays out of landfills protecting the environment.

“On average, every single citizen in our province generates seven litres of household hazardous waste every year,” said Tom Hedderson, Minister of Environment and Conservation and Minister Responsible for the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board.

“While this may not seem significant, it only takes a few drops of hazardous waste to contaminate our water supplies. We all have a responsibility to dispose of this extremely harmful waste in a prudent manner.”

Regional waste management authorities have continued to expand household hazardous waste programs in their regions through additional permanent depots and mobile collection events, extending the reach of convenient and proper disposal solutions in the province.

The MMSB’s collection events target communities that, at this time, do not have access to permanent depots or collection services provided by a regional waste management authority.

The 11 participating volunteer fire departments are responsible for collecting and storing the household hazardous waste materials and in turn MMSB will provide a financial honorarium that the fire departments can use to support the important work they undertake in their communities.

“At the MMSB, we are always looking at ways to expand and improve our waste diversion and recycling programs,” said Mike Samson, CEO of MMSB. “Last year, through our partnership with volunteer fire departments and communities we were able to keep over 90,000 litres of household hazardous waste materials out of local landfills.”

Participating communities include: Baie Verte, June 8; Burgeo, June 22; Fortune/Grand Bank, May 25; Harbour Breton, June 8; La Scie, June 8; Lethbridge and Area June 1; Marystown, May 25; Pasadena, June 22; St. Lawrence, May 25; Rocky Harbour, June 22; and Trinity Bay North, June 1.

Organizations: Multi-Materials Stewardship Board

Geographic location: Corner Brook, Happy Valley, Goose Bay Baie Verte Burgeo Grand Bank La Scie Marystown Pasadena Trinity Bay North

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