November 7, 2005

Manitoba reports continued success of scrap metal recovery, recycling project

WINNIPEG, MAN-Manitoba marked last month's Waste Reduction Week (October 17-23) by acknowledging the continuing success of an initiative to recycle tons of scrap metal from northern Manitoba and Nunavut. In 2004, more than 36,000 pounds of scrap metal were shipped from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, to Churchill, Manitoba; an additional 1,188 tons were shipped from Gillam. The scrap was then moved by rail and truck to Mandak Metals in Selkirk for processing and recycling. In 2005, it is expected that about 1,300 tons of scrap metal will be cleaned up from the communities of Churchill, Rankin Inlet and Coral Harbour. "We have created a very successful program and community partnerships that are removing these public eyesores, such as old vehicles, appliances and other environmental hazards, in a productive manner," said Conservation Minister Stan Struthers. Provincial Northern Affairs Minister Oscar Lathlin observed that "the removal of the scrap metal is both an environmental protection measure and a potential local economic development opportunity. Communities are using this program to develop new ideas that will reduce the impact of human activity on the environment." The initiative is a result of the memorandum of understanding signed between Manitoba and Nunavut in 2000. Funding for the project in partnership with the local communities was provided by the province's Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention (WRAPP) Fund, Manitoba Aboriginal and Northern Affairs, the Nunavut government, Manitoba Hydro, Churchill Gateway Development, Environment Canada and Natural Resources Canada. Project management services are provided by North Central Development in Thompson.

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