MEDIA RELEASE: Municipality of Port Hope Unveils New Earth Cube

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Municipality of Port Hope Unveils New Earth Cube in Recognition of Waste Reduction Week

For Immediate Release

Friday, October 20, 2017 - Port Hope, ON

Crushed egg shells, tea bags and leaves, vegetable and fruit peelings, bread, pasta and rice are just a few of the organic waste items targeted for diversion from the waste paper basket to the Earth Cube, a new in-vessel composting system that the Municipality has unveiled in an effort to reduce waste at municipal buildings in Port Hope.

“This is a very exciting initiative and I am so pleased that we have launched the Earth Cube as part of our plan to reduce waste in the Municipality,” explained Deputy Mayor Greg Burns, who is the council representative on the Centre of Excellence for Recycling Working Group (CoE), which is a committee of council.

The Earth Cube composting system is intended for urban settings and designed to deter animals and prevent odours. The unit has a capacity of up to 50 pounds of organic waste per day and allows for rapid, hot composting with an internal air supply.

"We first proposed the creation of a Centre of Excellence after we had defeated the threat of having an incinerator forced on the Municipality,” noted Dr. Stan Blecher, public member of the CoE committee. “The intention was to prevent any future threat of such pollution, and reverse the old image of radioactive pollution, in our lovely town, by creating a bastion of environmental stewardship. The Earth Cube is the first concrete outcome of the CoE Working Group's efforts. A lot more is on its way, as we continue to work with both the Municipality and the County to raise awareness, educate and implement waste reduction and sustainability initiatives in our community."

Currently located beside the Chamber of Commerce building, this Earth Cube will act as a pilot project for the Municipality. The CoE plans to expand the project to include other municipal buildings including the Town Park Recreation Centre and the Jack Burger Sports Complex.

Unveiling of the Earth Cube is appropriately timed with Waste Reduction Week, a national campaign that builds awareness around issues of sustainable and responsible consumption, promotes the diversion of waste from disposal, and encourages conservation of natural resources.

Waste reduction events and activities are taking place throughout the County this week and local businesses, organizations and schools are joining the awareness-raising campaign.

Trinity College School is recognizing Waste Reduction Week with its annual school-wide Recycle Challenge and a Waste Management assembly, taking place on Friday, October 20th. Green Representatives throughout the School have trained students and staff on the Northumberland County waste sorting system and points are given out each week in October for correct waste sorting. In the last decade, the School has increased its waste diversion rate to over 50% diversion from landfill.

The Municipality and the Centre of Excellence for Recycling Working Group encourages local residents and business owners to join the awareness-raising campaign and to reduce or divert waste where possible.

For more information about the Centre of Excellence for Recycling Working Group, visit: www.porthope.ca/centre-of-excellence-working-group

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For more information, please contact:

Kate Ingram
Communications / Community Engagement Coordinator
905-885-4544 x2248
kingram@porthope.ca