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Waste Management HeaderWaste Management Header Since 1995, households and businesses in East Prince have been making a vital contribution to the preservation of our valuable farmland and priceless drinking water by sorting the waste they generate. This Waste Watch program, that was the first of its kind in Canada, got its start in 1990. At this time, the St. Eleanors landfill site was running out of space, but none of the ten communities that had been served by the facility wanted to have a similar site established in their backyard. At the suggestion of the provincial government, the ten communities pooled their resources and devised an alternative waste handling system. In 1991, the East Prince Waste Management Commission was established and consisted of volunteers from these communities. The Commission, in turn, initiated a pilot project that, at its peak, incorporated 1,000 households and businesses.

Waste ManagementThe Waste Watch program is mandatory in all households. The system revolves around the principle of total separation at the source; in their daily practices, residents must place their “garbage” in the appropriate receptacle. It was a difficult adjustment for many, at first, but it has quickly become second nature. Waste and compost are picked up at curbside twice per month on alternate weeks and recyclables are picked up once per month. In addition, there are special lawn clean-up removals in spring and fall.

The East Prince Waste Management Facility is located in Wellington, on 200 hectares buffered from the nearest body of water by 450 metres of land. The facility includes a scale house, compost building and a sanitary landfill. Large appliances, metals, tires, hazardous household materials, and residential recyclables are stored in separate areas until they are properly disposed of or redistributed.

The program is based on four principles:
  • Each of us is responsible for the management of our own waste;
  • Most materials we used to call “garbage” are actually “resources” that can be reused, recycled, or composted;
  • Waste separation at the source is the least expensive and most effective option for management;
  • We are responsible today for the state of the environment that we leave to future generations.

During the initial trial period, the commission and participants experimented with different receptacles, pick-up schedules, and separation procedures before settling on the system they ultimately put in place. In 1997, the Province created a new Prince Edward Island Waste Management Commission that was to plan and implement a province-wide waste management regime modelled after the East Prince system. In April of 1998, the new commission and the East Prince Waste Management Commission were amalgamated to create the Island Waste Management Commission to manage the implementation of the provincial strategy.

In 1989, the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment committed their provinces to the goal of 50 percent waste reduction that is sent to landfills by the year 2000. In each year of its existence, the East Prince Waste Management Commission has diverted more than 60 percent of the waste stream. 1995 saw 60.5 percent diversion, 1996 saw 64.8 percent, and 1997 saw a diversion rate of 65.6 percent. Over 30 percent of waste ends up as compost (which is then sold to consumers), 20 percent is recycled, and 13 percent is reclaimed through other programs. The remaining 25 percent ends up in a sanitary landfill.

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