By Steve MacInnis, Cape Breton Post, March 3, 1999
Work is continuing this week
on the installation of a
second primary burner at the
Paul Oldford, solid waste
manager for the Cape
Municipality, said Tuesday
the unit should be completely
installed and operational
well before the end of the
“It’s under construction now.
The steel work is in place
and one of the burners has
been mounted but not
connected,” said Oldford.
The new equipment was
included in the
recommendations offered by
Department of Environment
engineer, Arun Chatterjee,
who inspected the Grand
Lake Road facility after a
complaint that biomedical
waste was being completely
Marlene Kane has submitted
a videotape to the
department showing large
portions of undestroyed
The regional incinerator
burns all the hospital waste
in the province in addition to
regular household and
Chatterjee said Tuesday he
feels the second burner
should remove any doubt
that the waste won’t be
Blue-bag program set for C.B.
By Tera Camus / Cape Breton Bureau-Halifax Herald March 3, 1999
Sydney - Residents of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality will
see more blue bags at the curb, starting this fall.
As part of a new $16.6-million municipal waste strategy,
homeowners will be asked to separate their recyclables, like pop
cans, from their organic waste.
But even the municipality doesn't know what will happen if people
"We're going to phase in a program in the next few months," said
Coun. Mike White, who serves as chairman of the committee that
devised the plan.
"What happens if they don't ... good question. At the present time,
we're hoping the education component will work and people will
The Atlantic Coastal Action Program will launch the education
Once the program is in place this fall, cardboard, fibreboard, food
cans, newsprint, milk containers and beverage containers will be
processed at a materials recovery centre at the Sydport Industrial
Although residents pay a deposit on beverages, the municipality
will not refund it when blue bags are picked up at the curb.
"People still have the option of going to the Enviro-Depots (to
collect their refunds)," he said.
Mr. White said council has no choice but to implement the
program because of new provincial regulations. "We either do it or
we simply get subjected to very heavy daily fines," he said.
In the meantime, council is trying to convince the provincial
Environment Department that incineration is just as good a
method of getting rid of garbage.
"Let's just say we're having a meeting of minds ... to try to get them
to recognize that incineration, which takes waste and converts it to
energy, is a viable alternative," Mr. White said.
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