March 15, 2004

Innovative projects awarded $103,000 from Manitoba's WRAPP fund

Enhanced waste management in far northern communities, evaluation of options for managing collected landfill leachate, and redevelopment of three vacant buildings in Winnipeg's Exchange District using salvaged building materials are among the seven projects awarded grants in the latest round of funding under Manitoba's Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention (WRAPP) program. The grants, announced by Conservation Minister Stan Struthers, totalled more than $103,000. Project details are outlined below.

* A $7,000 grant will support an examination of ways of building and operating a cost-effective waste recycling/transfer station in Churchill, including an efficient method of loading rail cars and collecting reusable construction materials.

* The Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources is receiving $20,000 for a project to redevelop the former Salvation Army recreation building and two other vacant buildings in Winnipeg's Exchange District with salvaged building materials to be used in the reconstruction project. The funding will help establish a new protocol for building deconstruction and salvage in Manitoba. Working in partnership with Manitoba Transportation and Government Services, the Centre intends to create a facility with very low operating costs which will become one of Canada's greenest retrofit heritage buildings.

* The town of Leaf Rapids will apply its $15,000 grant toward the implementation of a waste diversion strategy for the community involving a residential curb-side pickup program and a commercial recycling service. Used oil, tires and scrap metal collection programs will be developed, along with a small recycling centre.

*Winnipeg's Water and Waste Department will use its $16,500 grant to help determine alternatives to disposing of liquid waste collected at landfills through water pollution control centres. As part of the project, a list of suitable practices will be developed for use by Winnipeg and other landfill operators, and a review of leachate production in Winnipeg facilities will be conducted. A recent Clean Environment Commission hearing recommended an end to leachate disposal at Winnipeg water pollution control centres.

* A $25,000 grant to the University of Manitoba will be used to help researchers determine the best methods for disposing of dead animals on the province's beef and dairy operations in. A two-year composting trial will be conducted on four cattle farms. From this research, a simple, low-cost composting protocol will be devised for cattle producers, including a demonstration of the composting system. Also participating in this project will be the departments of Agriculture and Food and of Conservation.

* The city of Steinbach will use its $10,000 grant to develop a six-bin waste transfer unit to more effectively separate and manage recyclable and compostable material. Usable compost will be applied to the city's planting and cultivated areas and offered to residents. This project will serve the rural municipalities of LaBroquerie, Ste Anne and Hanover and the town of Ste Anne as well as Steinbach.

* A $10,000 grant will help the town of Gladstone expand its existing recycling facility into a building donated by Agricore United. The project also involves the purchase of equipment to streamline recycling operations. Neighbouring communities have expressed an interest in participating in the improved system.

The WRAPP program, part of Manitoba's Sustainable Development Innovations Fund, supports improved waste reduction and pollution prevention practices. Its priority areas for funding include organic waste management and composting, construction and demolition waste management, pollution prevention, and model integrated waste management system development and planning. Since its creation in 2000, the WRAPP fund has provided more than $1.7 million in support of 106 projects.

More than 276,000 tonnes of material have been recycled in Manitoba since 1996; this equates to more than 39,000 garbage trucks full of recyclable materials. As well, more than 8.5 million tires have been recycled since 1995. Manitoba's 53 used oil Ecocentres have provided a safe way to recycle more than 57.5 million litres of used oil, 6.8 million oil filters and 617,000 kilograms of oil containers.

More information on the WRAPP Fund is available on-line at www.susdev.gov.mb.ca.

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