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May 23, 2000 - Halifax Transfer Station Officially Closes

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Halifax Transfer Station Officially Closes

(Tuesday, May 23/2000) - Residents of Halifax's north end saw the end of an era in their community today.

The solid waste transfer station, located on municipally-owned lands off Lady Hammond Road for the past few decades, officially closed it gates today.

Councillor Reg Rankin, chair of HRM's Solid Waste Advisory Committee, and Councillor Jerry Blumenthal, who represents the residents of Halifax's north end, put the padlocks on the gates during a brief ceremony this morning.

HRM's new state-of-the-art Integrated Solid Waste/Resource Management System went into service last year and there is no longer a need for the Halifax Transfer Station. Waste materials formerly collected for shipment to landfill at the Transfer Station are now being separated, sorted and processed at the new MIRROR Nova Scotia Waste Management Facilities at Otter Lake.

The new facility is one of the most sophisticated and most publicly-monitored solid waste management systems in North America.

Councillor Blumenthal said " The people of north end Halifax had to host this facility for the last twenty or twenty-five years. I am pleased to see the gates of the transfer station close permanently."

Councillor Rankin, said " The closure today is another sign that the old ways of waste disposal are gone forever... and the new four stream waste management system is here to stay."

He added " The Halifax Region has done some remarkable work in a very short time. We have momentum-- and incentive. I am sure by working together for the environment, we will attain our goal of 65% (solid waste diversion) by the end of the year 2000."

Mark Bernard, P.Eng., Manager for HRM Waste Resources, said employees from the Halifax Transfer Station are being trained and relocated to work in other business units within the municipality.

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Councillor Reg Rankin
Chair, Solid Waste Advisory Committee
(902) 499-3744

Councillor Jerry Blumenthal
(902) 488-4811