Oct. 19, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers are being encouraged to participate in Waste Reduction Week in Canada, Oct. 19-25.
Environment Minister Rick Miles is urging residents to be mindful of the amount of waste they produce every day.
"As residents of this beautiful province, each of us has a responsibility to do what we can to make New Brunswick an environmentally sustainable and self-sufficient province," said Miles. "By reducing the amount of waste we produce, and conserving our resources and recycling as much as possible, each of us can make a difference in the health of our environment."
Individuals can reduce the amount of waste they produce, by:
"Composting is a great way to reduce household waste and put nutrients back into the soil," said Miles. "I'm very proud that New Brunswick composts more than any other province in Canada, with more than 1 million tonnes of compost produced each year. I invite New Brunswickers to visit the Department of Environment website for information on ways to reduce waste and divert it from provincial landfills, and for tips on composting, waste management and hazardous waste reduction."
Waste Reduction Week in Canada was developed in 2001, and is organized by a coalition of non-governmental, non-profit environmental groups from each of the 13 participating provincial and territorial jurisdictions in Canada.
The theme of Waste Reduction Week is Too Good to Waste, which aims to draw attention to the diversity of the natural world and the importance of ecological sustainability.
More information may be found on the Waste Reduction Week in Canada website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Jennifer Graham, public affairs, Department of Environment, 506-453-3700.