With new rules taking affect this week many are turning their calendars forward to decide what to do with their old television sets and stereos come spring.
Springhill - By Christopher Gooding
SPRINGHILL: With new rules taking affect this week many are turning their calendars forward to decide what to do with their old television sets and stereos come spring.
Often the popular time to discard old household items, spring clean up in communities throughout Cumberland County will be much different this year because of provincial legislation ruling electronics must be dropped off at specific depots instead of curbside.
As it stands, Springhill's town engineer John Kelly says, most electronics will not be included in the upcoming spring clean up.
"If we chose to [include electronics] it would be separate to the contract," Kelly said.
The change in legislation has been a frustrating affair for many municipalities. Everyone knows the rules are changing but little in the way of information and direction has been given to waste removal contractors.
"We know very little more than the public does," Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority solid waste manager Steven Rayworth says. "We're a week away and still in the dark."
What Rayworth does know, however, is that this would be the year to get rid of stereos, microwaves and musical amplification devices during the spring cleanup.
"The only thing banned this year is televisions, computers, monitors and other computer paraphernalia. Those would go to drop off sites, Rayworth said. "If you have a stereo to get rid of you can do it this year."
Stereos, video players, telephones, fax machines, cell phones and wireless devices won't be affected by the change until next year.