Tag Archives: disposal

Battery Recycling in Vancouver

Township and City to co-host hazardous waste disposal event

curated from langleytimes

The Township of Langley and the City of Langley will offer the first joint Household Hazardous Waste Plus Recycling Event to provide all of Langley’s residents a convenient site to dispose of hazardous waste.

The annual drive-through, drop-off event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Township’s Operations Centre, 4700 224 St.

Acceptable materials may be dropped off for free and proof of residency in the Township or City is required.

Items that can be dropped off include antifreeze, bleach, fluorescent lights, motor oil, oven cleaner, paint thinner, pesticides, empty fuel tanks, swimming pool chemicals, and turpentine.

Electronics, small appliances, mercury thermostats, and smoke detectors will also be collected. For a complete list of items that will be accepted, visit the Township of Langley’s website at tol.ca/hhw.

Residents do not have to wait for the event to dispose of many items, which can be dropped off at various facilities any time of the year. Visit rcbc.ca/recyclepedia.

The Household Hazardous Waste Plus Recycling event is Langley’s kick-off to Canada’s Waste Reduction Week, which runs Oct. 19 to 25 to raise awareness of the environmental and economic issues associated with waste management.

Residents coming out to the event are also encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for donation to the Langley Food Bank.

Hazardous Waste Removal

Successful scheme stays for asbestos disposal

curated from northernstar

A SCHEME to dispose of asbestos within the Richmond Valley has been so successful it is earmarked to continue.

The Household Asbestos Disposal Scheme, run by the Richmond Valley Council, offers disposal kits for householders wanting to remove and dispose of up to 10m2 of bonded asbestos.

The kits include safety gear, plastic and tape for wrapping asbestos for disposal, information for the householder on procedures and requirements for safe removal of asbestos, and a voucher for disposal at Casino’s Nammoona Waste Facility.

Council decided to continue to offer the kits to encourage householders to be safe when handling asbestos during home renovations and to raise the public awareness of the importance of safe removal and disposal of asbestos.

The householder kits are available from the council offices in Casino and Evans Heads at a cost of $110 and include the cost of disposal.

Why is asbestos dangerous?

  • There is no safe level of exposure to asbestos fibres!
  • If asbestos is disturbed it can release dangerous fine particles of dust containing asbestos fibres
  • Breathing in dust containing asbestos fibres can cause asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma
  • Mesothelioma is a cancer which most often occurs in the lining of the lung. There is no cure.
  • The risk of lung cancer from inhaling asbestos fibres is greatly increased if you smoke
  • Symptoms of asbestos dust related diseases do not usually appear until about 20 to 30 years after the first exposure to asbestos
  • The average time between exposure and developing mesothelioma is about 45 years
Transfer Station in Vancouver

Rockland eyes using more quarries for disposal

curated from bangordailynews

ROCKLAND, Maine — The attempt may be a long shot, but the Rockland City Council wants to determine whether it can use additional quarries for disposing of demolition debris.

The council met Wednesday night and held a lengthy workshop on the future of its waste disposal and recycling programs. After more than two hours of discussions, the council decided that a top priority would be to see if the city could use additional quarries for disposal and whether that would have an effect on Rockland’s efforts to get reimbursement for closing the current quarry landfill.

The city has used adjacent quarries along Old County Road for trash disposal for generations. The city stopped disposing of household trash in the quarries in November 1988 when it opened a transfer station and shipped the wastes to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Company’s incinerator in Orrington.

The city also had dumped sludge from its wastewater treatment plant into the quarries until the early 1990s.

Councilor William Jillson, who was elected last month, said one of his priorities was to see if the state would allow the city to use another quarry once the current one is filled. The current quarry is projected to be filled in three to five years if Rockland continues to accept demolition debris from other communities. The capacity would not be filled for an additional decade if Rockland limited disposal to debris generated in Rockland.

City Manager James Chaousis said it may be difficult to convince the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to allow Rockland to open another landfill in a quarry.

The city manager said he will be checking with the DEP to determine what conditions are included in the state’s reimbursement program for closing landfills in which the state could pay up to 75 percent of the expenses. The estimated cost of closing the current quarry landfill is $3 million. The city has saved $1 million for that project.

Chaousis said he expects that one of the conditions may be for the city to set up a more rapid timeline for closing the landfill. The DEP for decades has voiced concerns over the use of landfills in general and particularly the quarry ones because of potential contamination to groundwater.

In addition to the quarry and reimbursement issue, the council also asked the administration to provide more information on the options of single-source recycling versus the current method of residents self supporting recyclables into multiple bins. The city will be holding workshops to get the sentiment of the public, he said.

At the Wednesday night meeting, Chaousis announced that he has hired William Butler, who has worked for the DEP since 1992, as Rockland’s assistant code enforcement officer. Butler’s duties for many of those years was to inspect the city’s solid waste facilities.

The Jefferson resident is scheduled to begin work Dec. 31. He succeeds David Kalloch who retired a little more than two months ago.