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Corner Brook seniors say education and sharing knowledge will help people make change to new waste collection system

Linda Menchions (left) and her friend Betty Wells of Corner Brook are ready for the new waste collection system hitting parts of western Newfoundland this coming week.
Linda Menchions (left) and her friend Betty Wells of Corner Brook are ready for the new waste collection system hitting parts of western Newfoundland this coming week. - Gary Kean

Linda Menchions has been recycling for years and is glad to see the implementation of the new Sort-It Western program finally coming to parts of western Newfoundland next week.

The Corner Brook senior is still concerned, though, that some people may need a little time to adjust to the changes in the way residents now have to deal with disposing their trash.

Under the new system, anything deemed recyclable by the Western Regional Waste Management authority must go to the curb in a blue bag. People can still retain recyclables that can be returned for a refund if they want to.

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All other garbage has to be put in a clear plastic bag. Each clear bag can contain up to two small privacy bags.

“I’m not going to have any trouble doing it,” said Menchions. “I’ve been reading up on the pamphlet they sent out. Everything I open or use up or I’m going to throw away, I always check to see where it goes.”

Menchions lives in an apartment building with other seniors. One of them, Betty Wells, said any concerns she may have had have been allayed by her neighbour as Menchions has been helping her figure out how to properly sort her garbage.

“I never recycled before and I found it a little confusing, but I don’t have any concerns now,” said Wells. “I think I’m up on it and, if I have any questions, I’ll just ask her.”

Like most residents will likely do, Wells and Menchions both keep a copy of the list of what is and is not recyclable in a readily accessible place in their apartments just in case they need to check it.

The two women agree the new system is a good thing and hope it won’t take long for everyone to know what can and cannot be recycled.

“I think there might be some, especially seniors, who don’t understand it, but it’s not that confusing,” said Menchions. “People might not get it all exactly right the first time around, but they will eventually.”

Menchions and Wells are both concerned some people may get frustrated and resort to illegal dumping, especially if they are unsure about what can and cannot be recycled.

“Hopefully it won’t be tossed on the side of the road or into the woods,” said Menchions.

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