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Jamie Heap
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Over 100 Amherstonians participate in Household Hazardous Waste Exchange,

Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority co-workers Stephen Rayworth and Dean MacDonald of Solid Management Services book end a box full of batteries collected Saturday on the grounds of the Amherst Fire Department Saturday during the semi-annual Household Hazardous Waste Exchange. Over 100 Amherstonians dropped off such potentially hazardous household goods as batteries, anti-freeze, used oil, propane tanks, household cleaners, pesticides, herbicides and old, stale gas.

AMHERST-Over 100 hundred people did their part on Saturday for the environment.

“It’s important to protect the environment,” stated Stephen Rayworth (Sold Waste Services) of the Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority on Saturday. “We’ve got a second generation landfill, so, it is good to divert things from it.”

According to co-worker Dean MacDonald, such potentially hazardous household items that people dropped off on Saturday included batteries, anti-freeze, used oil, propane tanks, household cleaners, pesticides, herbicides as well as old, stale gas.

“As for paint, it can be dropped off at an Enviro Depot,” stated Rayworth. “That’s what you’re paying the (environmental) tax for when you buy it,” he added.

The Solid Waste Services’ division of Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority hold these hazardous waste exchanges twice a year: once in the fall and once in the spring. Several weeks ago, similar drop-offs were held in such other Cumberland County communities as Oxford, Parrsboro, Pugwash and Springhill.

“At the end of the day, it’s just about being environmentally responsible,” concluded Rayworth on location Saturday at the Amherst Fire Department.

Organizations: Waste Services, Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority, Amherst Fire Department

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Oxford, Parrsboro

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