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Wet/Dry Program -
a proven success


Christa Methot
Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Corporation
October 2004

Responsible for waste management in four counties, Westmorland, Albert, Kent, and eastern Kings, the Westmorland- Albert Solid Waste Corporation is a proven leader in the areas of recycling and composting throughout New Brunswick and Canada.

10th Anniversary
(photo: Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Corporation)

Established in 1992, the Corporation celebrated its 10-year anniversary in the Fall of 2002 by opening its Wet/Dry Education Center. Today, the Corporation continues to drive waste management to new limits and surpass public and government expectations.

Above and Beyond

Recognizing the need to implement a curbside recycling program in order to expand the life of the expected 100-year landfill, the Westmorland-Albert staff traveled throughout the world to determine the best program for our customers. In the end, the Wet/Dry Program was chosen because of it was effortless for residents to follow and straightforward for the solid waste facility, waste haulers, and municipalities to implement.

Modeled after a similar program in Guelph, Ontario the Wet/Dry Program quickly became the province's leader in recycling and composting.

Initially starting in Moncton, Riverview, Dieppe, and Sackville May 1, 1999, the Wet/Dry program was quickly accepted with open arms. One year later, residents in the remaining 10 municipalities in Westmorland and Albert counties joined the Wet/Dry program. Finally in 2001 residents in Local Service Districts, Kings, and Kent began using blue and green transparent bags.


(photo: Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Corp.)

Over the years, the Corporation has done extensive research into potential recycling markets. In 2000 the Corporation became the first (and to date remains the sole waste management organization) in the Province to recover milk cartons.

A program that had never been considered in Canada until the Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Corporation approached Nike Global was sneaker recycling. Prior to the implementation of the Sneaker Recycling Program in September 2001, Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program had only been offered to US consumers. Nike saw the Corporation's commitment and the ease in which a program of this sort could be carried out, thus sneaker recycling became a reality for the region.

In January, the Corporation sent the first shipment of 23 000 sneakers to Nike's Recycling Center in Wilsonville, Oregon. Committed to recycling 70 000 sneakers annually, the Corporation is thrilled to "close the loop" on sneakers and pleased to save 500 cubic meters of landfill space per year through Nike's Reuse-A-Shoe program.

Tim Hortons Coffee Cup Recycling became a Canadian first on Earth Day, April 22, 2002 when the Corporation and Tim Hortons announced their joint venture to reduce litter and recycle a largely popular waste product.

In September of 2002, the Corporation launched a Cell Phone Recycling Program in which old cell phones are recovered, repaired by Sounds Fantastic, and donated to victims of abuse through the local Community Policing Departments and Crossroads for women.

Other electronic products joined cell phones for recycling in January of 2004. Funded once again through the NB Environmental Trust Fund, the Corporation is able to recover end-of-life electronic waste for 100% recycling. Shipped to Noranda Recycling in Brampton, Ontario, for recycling, this partnership is another first for the Atlantic region.

DRY PLANT

(photo: Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Corporation)

With 5 years of the Wet/Dry Program and many innovative recycling projects under our belts, the Corporation has demonstrated that it goes above and beyond the call of duty. While maintaining one of the lowest Tipping Fees in the Province, the Corporation has proven its commitment to continuing the many present successes and searching for new ways to improve on waste diversion through recycling, composting, and education endeavors.

Looking ahead to the future, the Corporation will continue to provide a strong education campaign for all aspects of waste management including the Wet/Dry program. With a goal of reaching 95% participation in the Wet/Dry Program throughout all four counties, the Corporation looks forward to an increase in diversion and in turn expansion in the life of the present landfill. After all, our community is worth the effort!

The following briefly outlines some of the Corporation’s achievements over the past 12 years:

  • Construction and operation of southeastern NB’s first second-generation landfill

  • Integration of a leachate collection system designed with monitoring wells.

  • Annual Household Hazardous Waste disposal days.

  • Implementation of a curbside source separation program, the Wet/Dry Program.

  • Production of 1000 metric tonnes of CCME standard Grade “A” compost from residential Wet waste, which was given to residents during a Compost Give-away, June 2001.

  • Recycling of various Dry waste such as papers, cardboard, plastics, metals, and aluminum.

  • Recycling of various non-household waste such as wood, Christmas trees, white goods (fridges, stoves, etc…), propane tanks, PVC siding & tires.

  • Adopting the Berry Mills road from Edinburgh Dr. to the Trans Canada Highway through The Tree House Adopt-A-Highway program, 2001-present.

  • Opening of a permanent Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Depot on site where residents are able to dispose of HHW every Friday and Saturday free of charge, January 2000

  • Operation of the first Mobile HHW Unit in Atlantic Canada that travels throughout communities in Westmorland and Albert counties twice per year accepting residential hazardous waste free of charge, October 2000

  • Providing over 1000 presentations, tours, or kiosks to schools, community groups or during public events throughout the region.

  • Implementation of the 3Rs Incentive program for municipalities.

  • Awarding scholarships to the nine local high schools for graduates pursuing a career in the environment, 2001 - 2004

  • Auditing a diversion rate of 50% Wet waste and 42% Dry waste, September 2001

  • Opening of the Wet/Dry Education Center, December 2002

  • Recording 44% landfill diversion in 2003

  • Monitoring an 87% participation rate in the Wet/Dry Program, August 2004

  • Developing new recycling initiatives for items such as: Milk carton (2000), Sneakers (2001), Tim Hortons coffee cups (2002), Cell Phone Recycling (2002), Electronic waste (2004)

  • Implementing an I.C.I (Industrial, Commercial, and Institutional) sectors Wet/Dry Program with 250 FERO customers, June 2003

  • Launching the first Wet/Dry School Program at Forest Glen School, October 2003 and others throughout the following year.

WET PLANT

(photo: Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Corporation)

For further information, visit www.westmorlandalbert.com or contact: Christa Methot, Community Relations Coordinator, Westmorland-Albert Solid Waste Corporation, (506) 877-1050
Email: publicaffairs@westmorlandalbert.com