May 16, 2005

NB departments co-operate in waste reduction pilot project

FREDERICTON, NB-The New Brunswick departments of Environment and Local Government and of Supply and Services have launched a joint pilot project for waste reduction and diversion. The aim of the project, said Environment and Local Government Minister Brenda Fowlie, "is to reduce the amount of paper and other recyclable waste generated by government's daily operations, particularly by promoting and encouraging recycling within government departments." Individual office garbage cans will be replaced by paper-only recycling boxes, with garbage cans placed in some 50 centralized depot areas throughout the government's Marysville Place complex, Fowlie explained. Non-refundable plastics will also be recycled as part of the pilot project, which follows from a 2002 survey of waste disposal practices within the government. The audit estimated that potentially recyclable paper made up almost 68% of solid waste generated by government offices.

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