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Colchester waste facility holding open house

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KEMPTOWN, NS - What happens to those bags of recycling and rubbish once they leave the curb?

You can find out on Oct. 14, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the Colchester Waste Management Facility holds its annual open house.

Guided tours, touch-a-truck, games, bouncy houses, a petting farm, door prizes, cake and a barbecue are all part of the free fun.

“Most people are surprised when they see the facility,” said Jessica Rushton, balefill site manager. “They don’t realize the site’s so big and that so much is done here. It’s a lot more than one building.

“We’re going to have one room focusing on everyday challenges. After all these years things are still ending up where they shouldn’t be. We get hazardous material, medical waste and sharps still coming in.”

These items not only contaminate recycling, they’re also a health hazard to people working on the lines.

Several vehicles will be on site for children to check out, including haulers (from both Fero and Miller Waste), a loader and a 20-ton truck that’s used to haul soil.

People can check out the new public drop off area, which contains containers for rubbish, organics, metal, wood and construction debris.

Because the site is so large visitors will be able to go from one area to another by bus.

“It’s a good, free fun day for the whole family,” said Rushton. “There’s education and entertainment at the same time.”

The facility is located at 185 Mingo Road, in Kemptown.

 

lynn.curwin@trurodaily.com

 

 

Fall compost giveaway

Because they have an abundance of material, the Colchester Waste Management Facility has decided to hold its first fall compost giveaway. People can drop by from Monday, Oct. 16-Saturday, Oct. 21 (Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Saturdays. 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.). Each household is entitled to three bags, or 100 kg, of compost. Bags will be provided but people should bring a shovel, gloves and appropriate footwear.

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