Score 1 for the environment: Iqaluit tallies take from hazardous waste days

Contracted company responsible for shipping out materials and processing them in the south

Household hazardous waste collection days in Iqaluit resulted in vehicle batteries, paint and oil being diverted from the city’s landfill, a city news release says. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

Hazardous, yes. But not to the environment in Iqaluit anymore.

Over the course of five household hazardous waste collection days held this year in the city, residents dropped off 81 automotive batteries, 141 five-litre cans of paint, 44 litres of oil and 46 aerosol cans, according to a City of Iqaluit news release Tuesday.

All those items were diverted from going to the landfill where they would have been a risk to the environment, the release said.

Each year, the City of Iqaluit contracts a private company to safely dispose of hazardous waste such as tires, electronics, paints, aerosols and cleansers, said city spokesperson Kent Driscoll in an email.

The company is responsible for shipping it out on the sealift to be processed at a facility in the south.

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