Sept. 2, 2009
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - Residents of the Fundy region will benefit from joint federal and provincial funding to improve the region's recycling program. The announcement was made today by Energy Minister Jack Keir and Saint John MP Rodney Weston.
"I am pleased that the provincial and federal governments are providing funding for this important project," said Keir. "Today is yet another example of what can be achieved through partnership and co-operation."
The governments of Canada and New Brunswick are each investing $220,447 toward the total eligible costs of the project. The Fundy Region Solid Waste Commission is contributing the balance of $661,431.
"Our federal investment of over $220,000 will facilitate the recycling process in the Fundy region, helping to ensure that fewer recyclable materials end up in the landfill," said Weston. "Our government recognizes that modern, reliable infrastructure can improve quality of life, protect the environment, and help maintain jobs in this region for today and for years to come."
Funding for this project will make it possible for the Fundy Region Solid Waste Commission to build a sorting conveyor to simplify the process of separating recyclables. In addition, baling equipment will be installed so that materials can be packaged on-site for shipment. The project will significantly reduce the operational costs of the commission, and will allow it to manage its recyclables more efficiently.
"This support from the Building Canada Fund enables the commission to ensure a sustainable recycling program," said Marc MacLeod, general manager of the Fundy Region Solid Waste Commission. "The recycling market demand is in a state of constant flux; having our own material recovery facility allows us to change with the market and expand the program to include new products, such as the recent addition of milk cartons."
This project is one of 32 across the province that will get underway quickly, thanks to a joint federal-provincial investment of more than $48 million announced on July 24. The governments of Canada and New Brunswick have taken steps to advance projects and provide money faster for targeted infrastructure projects in New Brunswick communities in the 2009 and 2010 construction seasons.
The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan is accelerating and expanding the existing federal investment of $33 billion in infrastructure with almost $12 billion in new infrastructure stimulus funding over two years. The Government of Canada and the Province of New Brunswick are working together to ensure that these infrastructure funds are being spent on priority projects across the province.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Jennifer Graham, communications officer, Department of Environment, 506-457-7206; Richard Roik, director of communications, Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs, 613-996-4649; Katharine Sidenius, senior communications officer, Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency NB, 506-452-3304.