News release

Lunenburg Community Recycling Facility Receives Funding

Municipalities in Lunenburg County will be able to store and process more recyclable solid waste, thanks to a project being funded by the Nova Scotia government.

The project includes expanding the Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre's receiving floor areas. The upgrades will not only eliminate the need for recyclables to be stored outside, but will help reduce litter control problems and weather exposure which reduce market value.

Richard Hurlburt, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, said the province is committing 50 per cent of the eligible costs, up to a maximum contribution of $280,000.

The centre was originally intended to safely process smaller solid waste volumes than it is currently handling. The centre was built in 1994 as Canada's first integrated solid waste management facility providing recyclable solid waste, compostable organic solid waste, construction and demolition debris and residual landfill solid waste processing and disposal services. It is managed by the municipalities of Bridgewater, Mahone Bay, Lunenburg and the District of Lunenburg. The facility has won a number of awards over the years for its innovative services.

The funding comes from a part of the Province Capital Assistance Program that is earmarked for environmental projects.

"Given the recycling centres' significant leadership in waste diversion, this project deserves our support," said Environment and Labour Minister Carolyn Bolivar-Getson. "The Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre has exceeded the province's objectives and has one of the best waste diversion records in Nova Scotia."

The expansion is aimed to be completed before January 2007.

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Municipalities in Lunenburg County will be able to store and process more recyclable solid waste, thanks to a project being funded by the Nova Scotia government.

The project includes an expansion of the Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre's recyclable receiving tipping floor areas. The upgrades will not only eliminate the need for recyclables to be stored outside, but will help reduce litter control problems and weather exposure which reduce market value.

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations Minister Richard Hurlburt says the province is committing 50 per cent of the eligible costs, up to a maximum contribution of two-hundred- eighty-thousand dollars.

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