April 3, 2006

Manitoba's WRAPP fund provides $161K for projects to improve recycling, divert more waste

WINNIPEG, MAN-Ten projects have been awarded grants totalling $161,000 through Manitoba's Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention (WRAPP) fund. Together, these projects in communities throughout the province will enhance municipal recycling programs, expand compost research and education activities and reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfills. Among the allocations are:

*$25,000 to support the expansion of Eastman Recycling Services' facility in Steinbach, including the purchase of sorting and baling equipment to process recyclables;

*$25,000 to help Evergreen Environmental Technologies purchase a shredder to process organic wastes and construction and demolition waste;

*$25,000 to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to support continued research into composting straw bedding used in swine production; and

*$20,000 to the Manitoba Environment Industries Association (MEIA) and the Canadian Centre for Pollution Prevention (C2P2) for tools and and training to help small- and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) reduce their environmental impacts.

The WRAPP fund is part of Manitoba's Sustainable Development Innovation Fund and has supported 157 projects worth more than $2.5 million since its creation in 2000. More information is available on the Manitoba Conservation Web site, www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/pollutionprevention/.

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