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IWK bins replaced with mobile trailer in one area of Truro

Leanne LeBlanc, of LML Trading, right, had the IWK clothing trailer in Truro recently. Town councillor Cathy Hinton stopped by and dropped off a few items during the day. The trailer will be making regular visits during the summer.
Leanne LeBlanc, of LML Trading, right, had the IWK clothing trailer in Truro recently. Town councillor Cathy Hinton stopped by and dropped off a few items during the day. The trailer will be making regular visits during the summer. - Lynn Curwin
TRURO, N.S. —

Cathy Hinton got annoyed when she repeatedly saw old mattresses and bags of trash left next to donation bins. She’s hoping a recent change has eliminated the problem without reducing donations.

“I contacted Leanne LeBlanc, who is responsible for the IWK bins and together we came up with a solution,” said Hinton, who is the councillor for Ward 3 – where the bins were located. “The Air Force Club is generously allowing the use of space in their parking lot for the mobile trailer to make stops.”

The bins along Prince Street, near Lyman, have been removed.

“It was getting to the point where there was a lot of trash at those bins,” said Leanne LeBlanc, of LML Trading, which works in partnership with the IWK Health Centre to collect and sell donated items. “We ask people only put clothing and shoes in the bins. We can take things like one shoe or sock, or a pair of jeans with holes in them, though because material can be recycled.

“Generally, people are really good about putting the right things in, but we’ve moved a few bins that seem to be problematic.”

She said items are collected and trucked to a sorting facility in Digby, where they are sold and shipped to other areas.

The collection trailer will be at the Royal Canadian Air Force Association building, 22 Cottage Street, from noon until 3 p.m. on the first Thursday or the month during August and September.

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