Manitoba’s Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister, Gord Mackintosh, has announced a proposed amendment to the Waste Reduction and Prevention Act that would enable the province to begin banning certain dangerous materials from landfills.
The Act’s proposed amendment would be part of early 2013 consultations with stakeholders about which materials could be banned, Mackintosh said in a December 6, 2012 provincial announcement.
"With industry providing Manitobans more and more options to put dangerous waste materials to beneficial reuse, the next step is looking at what we should stop putting in our landfills," Mackintosh said in the Manitoba government’s news announcement. "We know just one litre of oil can contaminate a million litres of fresh water, so some of the first things we will look at are dangerous materials like used oil, used antifreeze, lead-acid batteries and other automotive products like tires."
Mackintosh also unveiled a new smartphone app and website called Eco-Depot. It allows Manitobans to conveniently map out recycling depot options for items such as electronic waste, paint, tires, batteries, compact fluorescent lamp bulbs and other materials that can be recycled.
Search results provided by the app include maps of the nearest recycling depots.
"If you need to find a place to recycle your phone or laptop, now all you need to do is ask them," Mackintosh said. "Green Manitoba's new online tools make it easier than ever to find the many accessible recycling depots in the province."
Manitoba’s 2012 flurry of environmental announcements are part of TomorrowNow - Manitoba's Green Plan. It’s an eight-year strategic plan for protecting the environment while ensuring a prosperous economy.
Manitobans can visit the new website at www.ManitobaEcoDepot.ca and find the Manitoba Recycling app as a free download in the iTunes store.