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There's more bad news for the city's delayed recycling initiative.
The first of a series of mega-recycling depots that was supposed to have opened this summer at the Brady landfill has been pushed back twice this year, and now won't be ready until November.
A senior city official confirmed the troubled 4R Depot project has fallen behind schedule again -- due to bad weather and conflicting contractor scheduling.
Earlier in August, the city confirmed its curbside organic-collection program is at least two years behind schedule.
The city maintained for the past two years its first 4R depot would open at the Brady landfill this summer.
But in June, a report to the civic finance committee said the opening would be delayed to September. Now, the opening is set for November.
"It'll probably be the end of October when they finish construction," said Tim Shanks, one of the rotating acting directors of water and waste.
"Just so we're clear... it probably won't be fully opened until November."
Shanks said heavy rainfall in the south end of the city last spring delayed the start of construction. There was also an inability to co-ordinate schedules for several contractors.
The project "is split off into several different contracts," Shanks said. "Sometimes that works and sometimes it doesn't."
Once the site is complete, Shanks said officials want to have a soft opening, to see if the layout is practical for motorists. The goal is for the facility to be operational in November.
The 4R depot project is a first for Winnipeg but similar in concept to the BFI Prairie Green facility in the RM of Rosser: residential customers will no longer be taking the drive into the actual landfill site. Instead, they'll be directed to another location, farther south along Brady Road, where a new interior road network will be laid out over a 12-acre site, leading motorists past a series of collection areas for a wide variety of recyclable material.
Similar facilities are planned for a location on the city's Pacific Avenue complex and on Panet Road. It's possible a fourth depot will be built, depending on public demand.
A city design of the Brady site outlines 14 separate collection facilities: yard waste, bicycles, blue cart recyclable, cardboard, household hazardous waste, auto batteries, propane tanks, electronic waste, scrap metal, lumber, appliances, construction rubble, tires, oversized plastic.
Homeowners will be required to deposit anything that doesn't fall into one of the 14 categories into garbage bins at the end of the route.
Part of the route will be elevated, so people can throw items into bins at grade level.
Commercial haulers will continue to use the existing weigh scales and route to the landfill.
Originally, council had set a $5 fee for the recycling depot but that was waived this year to encourage residents to recycle as much waste material as possible.
To make up for the lost revenue, the charge for residential garbage dumping will be increased from $11 (for up to 500 kilograms), to $15 (for up to 245 kilograms), rising to $61 per tonne.
Shanks said a delay in opening the recycling depot facility to the public once construction is complete depends on how practical the design proves to be and how usable it is for the public.
"We're planning on having a pilot opening for a few days, where we take some customers through and tweak the traffic flow," Shanks said. "We want to see how this works.
"The challenge is we don't have one of these facilities right now. It's designed with the best intent but we want to make sure we meet the customer's needs... Maybe we won't have to tweak too much of anything. Maybe we'll get lucky."
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 31, 2015 B1
HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government says it has taken another step toward cleaning up an environmental mess in Pictou County.
Internal Services Minister Labi Kousoulis issued a statement Thursday saying the government has issued requests for proposals for two key assessments of the Boat Harbour effluent treatment facility.
Kousoulis says a hydrogeological study and a geotechnical assessment will give the province a better understanding of the contaminants at the site.
Andrea Paul, chief of the Pictou Landing First Nation, says she's pleased with the progress.
The First Nation has long alleged that effluent from the nearby pulp mill has been polluting the harbour.
In April, the province's Liberal government tabled legislation to close the facility by January 2020, and it has committed $52.3 million for the project
The Invasive Species Centre is hosting the 19th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species that will be held at the Fort Garry Hotel, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, April 10-14, 2016.
This conference series is widely considered the most comprehensive international forum on aquatic invasive species and continues to evolve to address new and emerging issues.
Sessions and presentations include the review of accumulated scientific knowledge; presentation of the latest field research; introduction of new technological developments for prevention, monitoring and control; discussion of policy and legislation; and mechanisms to raise awareness with the general public through education and outreach initiatives.
In recent years the conference has typically involved over 400 participants from over 30 countries, representing academia, industry, government agencies, NGOs and other stakeholders involved in the issues. Many are seeking opportunities for international cooperation and collaboration to address AIS issues from a global perspective.
Click here for the latest call for abstracts.
August 27, 2015--The Manitoba government is investing more than $30 million to support waste and water projects to benefit residents in 18 northern communities including Norway House, Berens River, Waterhen, Wabowden and Gods Lake Narrows, Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson announced today.
“The Manitoba government is committed to the health of our communities in northern Manitoba,” said Minister Robinson. “This investment in waste and water infrastructure will ensure access to safe, clean drinking water for people in these communities and improve their quality of life for years to come.”
The minister noted the funding includes:$11.2 million for water treatment facilities in Cormorant, Bissett, Manigotagan, Pelican Rapids, Sherridon and Thicket Portage including new water and sewer lines and backup generators for the plants; and $7 million for new waste-water facilities in Norway House, Cormorant, Matheson Island, Moose Lake, Pelican Rapids and Waterhen.
“New or upgraded waste-water systems help protect our waterways and foster community growth and development,” added Minister Robinson. “This announcement is in keeping with the Manitoba government’s commitment to the development of healthy, safe and sustainable Indigenous and northern communities.”
“On behalf of the Northern Association of Community Councils, I want to acknowledge the Department of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs for the capital funding that has been provided to our communities,” said Reg Mead, president of the council. “These resources are essential to our growth and sustainability towards a healthy future. I look forward to our continued partnership in bridging the gap for northern and Aboriginal Manitobans.”
The province has invested close to $29 million for major infrastructure in a number of northern communities over the last five years.
The minister noted waste disposal sites are also being planned for six communities in partnership with surrounding municipalities and First Nations.
SOURCE: Province of Manitoba
Manitoba Conservation and Water Stewardship reports that watercraft inspection stations with decontamination units targeting aquatic invasive species (AIS) will be available for boaters at Selkirk Park in Selkirk and St. Vital Park in Winnipeg today through Monday, Sept. 7. In addition, one watercraft inspection team will rove between Balsam Bay and Winnipeg Beach on the South Basin of Lake Winnipeg as well as the north Perimeter Highway launch on the Red River.
Manitobans are reminded it is illegal to possess or transport zebra mussels in Manitoba. Zebra mussels are present in Lake Winnipeg south of Grindstone Point and in the Manitoba portion of the Red River.
Everyone is asked to do their part and: • clean and remove any visible aquatic plants, AIS or mud from the watercraft, trailer and all water-related equipment; • drain all water from motor, bilge, bait buckets and any compartments; • dry all water-related equipment and any hard-to-drain compartments that have contacted the water with a dry towel or sponge before it is used in any other body of water; and • dispose of unused bait and worms in the trash.
To report a zebra mussel or any other AIS from a location, take pictures and visit the website at www.manitoba.ca/stopais or call 1-87-STOP AIS-0 (1-877-867-2470).
PROVINCE HIGHLIGHTS MANITOBANS’ CONTRIBUTION TO COMMUNITY SUSTAINABILITY
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Excellence in Sustainability Awards, Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Tom Nevakshonoff announced recently.
“The Manitoba Excellence in Sustainability Awards bring well-deserved recognition to individuals, organizations, communities and businesses that are enhancing sustainability in our province,” Minister Nevakshonoff said. “The awards showcase success stories and, most importantly, inspire Manitobans to take action.”
The annual sustainability awards program was established in 2008 by the Manitoba Round Table for Sustainable Development, an advisory board that provides advice and support to the Manitoba government about responsible resource management and land use, as well as environmental, social and economic development.
The minister noted this program complements TomorrowNow – Manitoba’s Green Plan, which emphasizes steps and actions to protect the environment while ensuring a prosperous and environmentally conscious economy.
Any individual, business, organization or community group in Manitoba is eligible to apply or be nominated for one award in the following categories: * action on climate change, air quality and energy efficiency; * sustainability in water and natural area stewardship; * sustainability in pollution prevention and product stewardship; * education for sustainability; * innovation and research for sustainability; * champion for sustainability; * sustainable community; and * outstanding achievement in sustainability.
The awards are open to all Manitoba residents, any organization or business operating in Manitoba and initiatives taking place in Manitoba.
The deadline for nominations and applications is noon, Sept. 25. Information about the awards program and how to apply can be found at www.manitoba.ca/conservation/susresmb/mrtsd/mesa/, by calling 204-945-1985, calling (toll-free) 1-800-282-8069, or e-mailing email@example.com.
For information on TomorrowNow, visit www.gov.mb.ca/conservation/tomorrownowgreenplan.
If you are developing a technology applicable to green buildings, we can help you access the funding and industry partners you need to get your technology to market.
SDTC, Athabasca University and Brantwood Consulting invite you to pitch virtually to green building influencers.
Examples of technologies we are seeking include, but are not limited to, the following:Building Integrated Renewable Energy Low-Energy Distribution Systems (HVAC, Lighting, etc.) Distributed Generation Passive Energy Systems Solar-Powered Absorption/Adsorption Chillers Next Generation Geothermal Systems Integrated Equipment Efficiency and Renewable Energy Control Systems Biomass Cogen & District Heating Next Generation Thermal Storage
Actual virtual pitch session to take place on September 18, 2015.
For more information and to apply: www.sdtc.ca/workshops
|09/14||-||Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) Funding Workshop|
|09/30||-||People-Planet-Profit / a discussion on CSR|
|10/21||-||Construction, Renovation & Demolition Waste Forum & Consultation|