Recycle NB targeting roadside litter

Fredericton – How big a problem is litter on roadsides in New Brunswick?   Recycle NB wants the answer to that question. So the organization will be doing a roadside litter survey this summer.

A survey crew of two students will be travelling both rural and urban roads throughout New Brunswick. It will classify the type of litter motorists are throwing away in randomly selected survey sites. Recycle NB will use the information they collect to create a benchmark report on the state of litter on New Brunswick’s roadways. This is the first survey of its kind undertaken in the province.  It is different from litter counts in that it uses statistically proven and recognized methods of identifying litter sites for counting litter.  Recycle NB Chair Murray Driscoll says, “If we know how much, and what kind of litter is being thrown from vehicles, then we are better able to focus our efforts on finding solutions to the problem.”

The litter survey crew began work June 4.  The project is expected to be completed by the end of summer said Pat McCarthy, CEO, Recycle NB.

The Environmental Trust Fund and ENCORP Atlantic are providing funding for the survey.

The Environmental Trust Fund provides assistance for action-oriented projects with tangible, measurable results, aimed at protecting, preserving and enhancing the Province's natural environment. ENCORP Atlantic provides management services to organizations that distribute deposit-bearing beverage containers in New Brunswick.

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Pat McCarthy, CEO, Recycle NB, 506-454-8473

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