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21 projects get funding to help with recycling, pollution control

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A Winnipeg flooring manufacturer is using discarded glass and carpet fibre to create soil stabilizers for bike and walking paths to prevent erosion.

A local cabinet maker has found a way to recycle wood scraps into particle board.

And a group of elementary school kids at Landmark Elementary School are behind a project that has seen the volume of landfill waste generated by the school drop by 75 per cent.

The three initiatives are among 21 projects that are receiving $360,000 in grants through the province's Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention (WRAPP) Fund.

Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh announced the funding today.

Teacher Russ Dirks and students at Landmark school have led an initiative that has encouraged more recycling and composting in the Hanover School Division. Compost and other waste that can be recycled are transported to Steinbach. Schools that are developing greenhouses and community gardens will have access to the finished compost.

Meanwhile, Christine Paquette, business development manager at Antex Western Ltd., said her company already incorporates recycled glass into the manufacturing of flooring and countertops. It is now involved in a project that will see recycled glass and carpet fibre used to stabilize a portion of a multi-use path from Bishop Grandin Boulevard and Shorehill Drive to Beaverhill Boulevard.

And, Altima Cabinet Works Ltd., another local company, will use its funding to convert 95 per cent of its waste, consisting primarily of wood scraps, into particle board. It will also use switch from solvent- to water-based finishing products.

Mackintosh said that since 1999, the WWRAP Fund has helped Manitobans recycle an estimated 811,501 tonnes of material, equal to almost 101,000 full garbage trucks.

 

 

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