Waste Reduction Week

Waste Reduction Week

Fredericton- October 16-22 is Waste Reduction Week in Canada and Recycle NB is encouraging New Brunswickers to make recycling part of their regular routine.

“We hope everyone will use this week to think about how they can reduce, reuse and recycle,” says Recycle NB CEO Pat McCarthy. “We want every week to be waste reduction week in New Brunswick.”

McCarthy points to the recycling of electronics as one way to help protect the environment.  The new electronics recycling program began on March 30, 2017. Residents can bring old electronics, free of charge, to collection depots across the province. Industry brand owners chose the Electronic Products Recycling Association (EPRA) to operate the program in New Brunswick. Residents and businesses can drop off their unwanted electronics, free of charge, for safe and secure recycling at any of EPRA’s collection depots.

Recycling waste tires is easy in New Brunswick. “Just drop off waste tires at any garage or tire retailer in the province and they will be recycled into new rubber products at the Tire Recycling Atlantic Canada plant in Minto,” says McCarthy.

New Brunswick has had a waste management program for tires for over 20 years. The program diverts the equivalent of one million tires per year from the province’s landfills.

Tire Recycling Atlantic Canada Corporation (TRACC) in Minto, New Brunswick turns the scrap tires into value added products such as garden mulch, playground cover and livestock mats.

Recycle NB oversees the recycling of waste paint in the province. The paint program is operated by Product Care Association on behalf of the paint industry. McCarthy says in 2016 the program collected 297,811litres of paint and 75% of it was turned into new paint products.  Residents can bring left over paint free of charge to 61 collection depots in the province.

The oil and glycol recycling program operated by UOMA Atlantic began in 2014 and has 177 collection depots across the province.

UOMA Atlantic reported collection of 3,690,751 litres of oil and 120,860 litres of glycol in 2017.  

 “Our programs are a success because people across the province make an effort to recycle. We hope they will continue to reduce, reuse and recycle,” said McCarthy.

Information on Recycle NB and its programs and partners is available online at www.recyclenb.com

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MEDIA CONTACTS:  Pat McCarthy, CEO, Recycle NB, 506-454-8473, pat.mccarthy@recyclenb.com