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Hazardous waste day slated Saturday

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It’s time to clean out the garage and basement, and get rid of stockpiles of paint, oil, and other hazardous goods, when Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste Day is held here this Saturday (Sept. 13).

The event, which previously had been called Household Hazardous Waste Day, will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and will take place at the Public Works building on the corner of Fifth Street West and Wright Avenue.

Residents from across the district are encouraged to drop off their hazardous waste on that day, including:

•paints and stains, and their containers;

•solvents such as thinners for paint, lacquer and contact cement, paint strippers, and degreasers, and their containers;

•used oil filters;

•waste oil;

•oil containers of 30 litres or less for a wide range of oil products, such as engine and marine oils, as well as hydraulic, power steering, and transmission fluids;

•single use, dry cell batteries such as alkaline-manganese, zinc-carbon, lithium, and button cell batteries (e.g., non-rechargeable batteries that are meant to be removed and replaced by the consumer);

•automotive antifreeze (engine coolant) and related containers;

•pressurized containers such as propane tanks and cylinders;

•fertilizers (e.g., plant food or plant nutrients containing nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium);

•fungicides, herbicides, insecticides, and pesticides, and their containers;

•lead acid car batteries;

•nickel cadium batteries;

•waste flammable liquids (gas, diesel fuel);

•waste aerosols and the containers in which they’re contained;

•ammonia/amine solutions and their containers;

•acids and their containers; and

•bases and their containers.

CleanHarbors Environmental Services Inc., a Winnipeg-based company, takes these materials away either to be recycled or disposed of properly.

Usually held in May, waste day was rescheduled this year so the town could receive funding for it.

Back in February, the Ministry of Environment approved the new Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) program, making the town eligible to receive funding for the processing, disposal, and transportation costs of certain materials.

But the MHSW program did not start until July 1, and the town felt that holding the waste day during July or August, when many people are on holidays or otherwise busy, wouldn’t draw as many people as it would by holding it in September.

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