Newfoundland and Labrador’s 2008 program to collect household hazardous waste (HHW) is now underway. The province’s Multi-Materials Stewardship Board’s program provides a safe and convenient means of properly disposing of HHW, while raising awareness and educating the general public about the dangers associated with improper disposal of this waste.
This year’s HHW program will provide 19 collection events in 14 areas of the province: Bay Roberts, Carbonear, Conception Bay South, Corner Brook, Gander, Grand Falls-Windsor, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Marystown, Mount Pearl, Paradise, Portugal Cove-St. Phillips, Stephenville, and Torbay . The City of St. John’s and Labrador City/Wabush facilitate their own HHW collection events. In addition, the Green Bay Waste Management Authority operates a permanent HHW collection depot for the region in which it operates.
Since 1998, the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board has diverted more than 623,000 litres of HHW from waste disposal sites. On average, every Newfoundlander and Labradorian generates seven litres of household hazardous waste every year.
The HHW Program funds community collection events once or twice a year in those areas where meaningful volumes of HHW waste can be diverted and recycled in a cost-effective manner. MMSB and the participating municipalities cost-share all expenses associated with the collection events so that the service can be made available to residents and households at no charge. MMSB will be investing $250,000 in this initiative in 2008 through the Newfoundland and Labrador Waste Management Trust Fund.
Specific dates and locations for this year’s HHW collection events will be advertised locally as they are finalized. A complete schedule of events, as well as a detailed list of materials accepted through the program, will also be posted on MMSB’s web site at www.mmsb.nl.ca. The website also provides information about the safe usage and disposal of HHW.
The MMSB is a provincial Crown agency that reports to the Minister of Environment and Conservation. Its mandate is to support progressive waste management practices in the province, with a particular focus on waste diversion, recycling and public education, in order to ensure a clean and healthy environment throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.