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New project looks to expand recycling programs

The Cumberland Joint Service Management Authority is kicking off a four-month pilot program that if implemented provincewide could help divert 2,700 tones of waste metal from Nova Scotia landfills.

The authority is the first in the province to participate in the project that expands recycling programs to include empty metal paint and aerosol cans along with small scrap metal items.

Cleaning up the province

The Cumberland Joint Service Management Authority is kicking off a four-month pilot program that if implemented provincewide could help divert 2,700 tones of waste metal from Nova Scotia landfills.

The authority is the first in the province to participate in the project that expands recycling programs to include empty metal paint and aerosol cans along with small scrap metal items.

Residents can put these items in their recycling bags and put them out at the curb. From there, they'll be taken to the regional recycling centre in Little Forks and shipped to Quebec where they'll be recycled into new metal products.

"The purpose of this pilot is to access the feasibility of accepting these materials provincewide," Cumberland County's waste reduction co-ordinator, Brenda Rioux, said. "Right now, a lot of these items are ending up in the landfill."

CJSMA manager Tanya MacKenzie said a lot of metal products are ending up in the landfill because people are unaware they can be recycled.

"People don't think of them as being recyclable and simply throw them in the garbage," MacKenzie said. "It's important for us to educate residents that these things can be recycled."

Rioux said it's important for people to understand the program is only for empty paint and aerosol cans while electrical scrap metal (anything with a power cord) won't be accepted. The project is also for metal paint cans only.

Paint cans that are not empty can be taken to any Enviro Depot while aerosol cans that are not empty can be taken to household hazardous waste events held by the authority. The next one is set for June 16 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Amherst Fire Department.

People are also asked not puncture or crush aerosol cans since this presents a safety hazard not only to themselves but to people working on the recycling line.

As part of the pilot project, funded by the Resource Recovery Fund Board Nova Scotia and Natural Resources Canada, Dalhousie University chemical engineering student Vickie Whiffen, will be monitoring the types of materials received at the recycling centre.



dcole@amherstdaily.com

Organizations: Cumberland Joint Service Management Authority, Amherst Fire Department, Resource Recovery Fund Board Nova Scotia Natural Resources Canada Dalhousie University

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Little Forks, Quebec Cumberland County

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