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Waste Diversion Centre plans get revamped

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Regulations surrounding the collection of hazardous household waste has resulted in significant changes to the plans for a diversion centre at the Dauphin landfill site.
Plans were to construct a single building to house not only the hazardous waste, but also electronics, scrap metal, oil and antifreeze, pesticide containers, mattresses and other materials the city is attempting to divert from the landfill.
“What the difficulty was with the household hazardous waste. because it’s considered hazardous waste even in those small quantities, the building code and the fire codes come into play. And it was just too much stuff for a cold storage building,” Dauphin’s director of Public Works and Operations Bill Brenner said.
“It just made it really hard to justify the cost of putting in a concrete floor in the whole building and all these different kinds of things. All that stuff just made it not feasible.”
On the advice of industry experts, the city will instead modify shipping containers to house the materials, something Brenner said is common practise with other municipalities.
The containers will get equipped with windows and regular doors and will be wired for lighting.
“Two of them will get modified. The EPRA (Electronic Products Recycling Association) one is just for storage for electronics, it won’t get modified, we’ll just use the existing sea can we have there,” Brenner said.
“I’m getting a double wide one for the household hazardous waste, because we have to have a lot of barrels in there. And then used oil will have a separate one, as well.”
While the building was going to cost approximately $36,000, Brenner said the shipping container option will be a little more expensive. There is a chance to recoup some of the cost, however.
“It increases the cost definitely, but because I’m putting household hazardous waste in its own separate facility now Product Care will, in all likelihood, cover the entire cost. So it’ll actually reduce our costs,” Brenner said, adding Product Care Association of Canada, is a federally incorporated not-for-profit company offering product stewardship services across the country.
“They have a capital funding program and they were going to pay for a portion of the other building. But now that it’s a separate facility, I’ve asked for funding for the entire facility. So we’ll see how that goes.”
Brenner hopes to have the shipping containers on site in the next couple of weeks and plans are to start collecting household hazardous waste this week.
“People can start delivering it and then it’ll get moved into the permanent household hazardous waste container once we get it,” he said.
The containers will be set up on ground prepared west of the scale house at the entrance to the landfill site, Brenner added.
“Where the existing shipping container is right now, that will be the EPRA one, but it temporarily will be household hazardous waste. Right beside that, about eight feet over, will be a doublewide for household hazardous waste. Straight north of that, there will be a used oil tank and then the oil filters, antifreeze, oil containers, all of that will go into a third container,” Brenner said.
“If you’re coming to the diversion center, you’ll go to the west down that road into the center. It will be a fenced in area on the west side of the scale house. And the scrap metal, pesticide containers, propane cylinders, all the things that we take right now and are kind of all over the place out there, they’ll all be localized to that area ”