Second highest vehicle-count ever recorded at Hazardous Waste Collection Event
Reeti Meenakshi Rohilla - Staff Writer
This year’s annual Municipal Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event held on Sept. 19, was attended by 182 vehicles, “which is the second highest count in the six years the annual collection event has been hosted,” said Andrew Jewell, Municipal Public Works Manager. He added that the collection event went very well.
Jewell said that the service provider, Miler Environmental, weighs all the collected and removed materials at their headquarters in Winnipeg. The company then invoices the Municipality the weights of the items removed, confirming the weight of wastes received. The waste further gets disposed of according to regulations or, is recycled where applicable.
The annual collection event is currently the only way for the residents to dispose of their household hazardous waste locally. However, “The Municipal Hazardous and Special Waste (MHSW) Program in Ontario, currently administered by Stewardship Ontario, has been directed to submit a Wind Up Plan to end the current program which will then transition MHSW to be governed under the Resource Recovery and Circular Economy Act within the Full Producer Responsibility framework. Once the program’s transition is completed, there will be changes on how the waste is managed which could present other options for the Municipality,” Jewell concluded.