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December 13, 2011

PROVINCE SUPPORTS 13 PROJECTS REDUCING WASTE IN MANITOBA


More than $150,000 Provided for Projects Helping the Environment: Chomiak

More wood waste will be reclaimed from landfills and turned into flooring and furniture thanks to funding from the provincial Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention (WRAPP) Fund, Conservation Minister Dave Chomiak announced today.

“Taking wood destined for the landfill and turning it into beautiful flooring and furniture is an innovative way to recycle,” said Chomiak.  “These creative local initiatives encourage waste reduction and help our environment, and I’m pleased we’re able to support their efforts.”

A $25,000 grant will help Wood Anchor reclaim wood waste destined for landfills to make flooring and build furniture.

“Our company is pleased to work together with Manitoba Conservation to create innovative solutions to waste diversion in Manitoba,” said J Neufeld, co-owner of Wood Anchor.  “With the support received through the WRAPP fund, we are thrilled to increase our capacity to establish sustainable solutions to waste diversion in the province.”

The project was among 13 projects that received a total of $154,793.  Other projects included a pilot demonstration of an environmentally friendly way to dispose of water from building projects, regional waste planning for communities within the Riding Mountain Biosphere Reserve and the establishment of compost collection sites and organic waste collection services for farming communities in southeastern Manitoba.

The WRAPP fund supports improved waste reduction and pollution prevention practices in Manitoba.  Priority areas are organic waste management and composting, construction and demolition waste management, pollution prevention, and waste management system development and planning.

The minister noted the WRAPP Fund has been instrumental in Manitoba’s waste reduction efforts.  Since 1999, Manitobans have recycled more than 737,909 tonnes of material, equal to almost 100,000 full garbage trucks.  In 2010, Manitobans recycled more than 72,000 tonnes of paper, aluminum, glass and plastic.

A total of 282 projects have been supported with more than $4.75 million in grants from the WRAPP Fund since its creation in 2000.  Information on the fund is available at www.susdev.gov.mb.ca.

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BACKGROUND INFORMATION ATTACHED




Backgrounder
WRAPP Grant Recipients 2011-12 - https://www.gov.mb.ca/asset_library/en/newslinks/2011/12/WRAPP.Bkg.doc