On January 6, 2004, New Brunswick Environment and Local Government Minister Brenda Fowlie announced that the Derelict Vehicle Program in 2003 was successful in removing 3,093 abandoned automobiles throughout the province.
According to Ms. Fowlie, between June and September of last year the department collected and recycled the third-highest amount of vehicles in seven years. She expects the removal of these old autos to have a positive impact on the environment, not only aesthetically, but also by removing possible sources of contamination.
The New Brunswick ministry’s Derelict Vehicle Program provides property owners with the opportunity to have old vehicles removed at no cost. The main objectives of the program are to eliminate sources of possible groundwater contaminants (such as gasoline, oil and antifreeze), recycle the vehicle parts and clean up unsightly premises.
Additional effort was made during the 2003 campaign to remove vehicles from Campobello Island. A total of 130 units were recovered, picked up and transported by ferry to the mainland to be recycled and properly disposed.
The Derelict Vehicle Program began in 1991 and has removed more than 56,000 vehicles since its inception.
For further information, contact Jason Humphrey, Environment and Local Government at 506-453-3700