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DeGrau man looking to reduce waste through backyard composting

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Eric Kerfont is looking at being part of cutting down the amount of debris that goes in landfills.

The DeGrau man said despite not using the material that will come from the backyard composter he will be getting, his cousin Alexander Chaisson — who plants a garden, will be the benefactor there.

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He said after going through some medical problems he can’t do any gardening but he still wants to be part of helping out with the environment, even if only in a small way.

Kerfont saw that the composters were going to be available in a letter the Town of Cape St. George had sent out to households and thought it would be good to put in for one.

Since applying he’s been online getting himself educated on what you can and can’t put in them.

“I guess I’ll learn as I go,” he said. “Hopefully by next summer there will dirt coming out of the bottom.”

The Bay St. George Waste Management Committee recently approved an aggressive composting strategy that will see several hundred composters placed in back yards, at community gardens and other places during the next few months.

The composter blitz will be accompanied by a significant education campaign so the people setting up the composters in their back yards will do so properly.

The Multi Materials Stewardship Board will be asked for considerable support in conducting the necessary training.

To further support diversion, the Bay St. George Waste Management Committee approved rebating $60,000 to the towns and local service districts that was overpaid in 2013 and these funds can be used to support the composting strategy.

Once the trainers and the composters are lined up, the training will begin in earnest along with the placement of the composters themselves.

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