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New Horizons talks waste management

Jean Keller, Cst. Tanya Weber, Marg Brown, Cst. Paul Rabidoux, Dolly Provost, Reta May, Ken Jensen

A large group gathered at the Maryhill Heritage Community Centre for the January meeting of New Horizons. Guest speaker was Kathleen Barsoum who is a Waste Management Co-ordinator for the Region of Waterloo. Also present was Madeha Khalid who is also a Waste Management Co-ordinator with the Region.

On March 6th our community will have changes made to our curbside collection. Green Bin and blue box will be every week but garbage every second week. Cost per household is currently $155.00 a year and they are trying to keep the cost to a minimum.

Seven hundred tons of garbage is sent to the landfill site every day but 80% of our home waste could be recycled. Seven different municipalities use the landfill site which also included 5 different collection services.

By recycling paper we save forests and recycling pop cans saves our natural resources.

They had on hand various items and explained where they should be going. Plastic packages #1-#7 cans, foil trays, glass jars and bottles, carton and coffee cups would go in a blue box while paper and plastic bags and flexible film plastic would go in a separate blue box. For containers you should be emptying and rinsing them. Paper and plastic bags should be sorted with all bags put into one bag and shut. The green bin will be for all food scraps and soiled paper items that would be compostable.

Ann Weber, Lucy Pfeiffer, Madeha Khalid -Waste Management Co-ordinator for the Region of Waterloo , Kathleen Barsoum – Waste Management Co-ordinator for the Region of Waterloo, Sandi Stewart, Roger Stewart, Vivian Jackson

They ladies had several handouts that everyone was encouraged to pick up. There was a lively question and answer session following the meeting. They stressed the importance of rethinking waste.

Following this meeting Constables Tanya Weber and Paul Rabidoux spoke on Safety in our Community. Stressing the importance to be vigilant in our neighbourhoods. If something or someone looks out of place to contact 911, crime stoppers or the non-emergency phone number (519)653-7700. Don’t take matters into your own hands. The police cannot help if they don’t hear about incidents that had taken place. When calling these numbers to give a detailed message. They both were available after the meeting to answer any questions.

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