March 12, 2003
Minister commends Grenfell College Student Union on "greening" events
Environment Minister Bob Mercer commended the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College Student Union today for holding a Greening Grenfell Week at the college campus in Corner Brook. Minister Mercer was at the college this morning to participate in its waste audit, one of several events held this week to raise awareness of the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling.
"I congratulate the student union of Grenfell College for taking the initiative to hold a ‘greening week’, and more particularly, the waste audit," said Minister Mercer, who presented the students union with $5,000 on behalf of the provincial government to support the audit. "This is the first time the college has completed a waste audit and it will assist the college in its future recycling programs."
A waste audit helps organizations measure the amount of waste created in carrying out its day-to-day activities. It also helps identify the type of waste produced by the organization - recycled paper (white and mixed), cardboard, beverage containers and garbage. In carrying out a waste audit, an organization would collect all waste for a certain period of time, sort it by type of waste and then measure it. By conducting a waste audit, an organization will record useful information in an effort to start an office recycling program and further audits can then measure the effectiveness of recycling programs.
"I encourage institutions, business and other organizations throughout Newfoundland and Labrador to conduct their own waste audits," said Minister Mercer. "The end result is that this builds awareness of the value of reducing, reusing and recycling and diverts waste from our province’s landfill sites. Such an initiative clearly fits well with our Provincial Waste Management Strategy."
Media contact: Carmel Turpin, Communications (709) 729-2575
2003 03 12 11:55 a.m.