MMSB improves green depots to better serve provinces residents

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Environment Minister Charlene Johnson speaks on Bell Island this morning. Photo by Steve Bartlett/The Telegram

The Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB) announced today new licencing standards for its network of Green Depots throughout the province aimed at strengthening and improving the system.
Environment Minister Charlene Johnson said the move is also hoped to enhance the public's experience when visiting depots to recycle their used beverage containers.
"I commend the MMSB for implementing these important and strategic improvements that will benefit everyone involved." Johnson said this morning on Bell Island where a new Green Depot was opened.
"The enhanced standards will create a stronger and more efficiently operated system, as well as improve customer service. Ultimately, these changes will increase the number of beverage containers collected through the network of Green Depots, therefore reducing the amount of waste going into our landfills."
Highlights of the new Green Depot Licensing Standards include: customer service benchmarks that will see shorter wait times and improved hours of operations; a new handling fee paid to Green Depot operators that will better position the Depots as a viable long-term investment; an infrastructure loan program up to $10,000 to assist with the cost of adhering to the new standards; extending the reach of green depot services to better serve rural areas of the province; professional development workshops for depots; improved processing and transportation contracts; a fresh new look for all depots with the addition of new signage; and a consistent brand and marketing approach for all depots.
"MMSB thoroughly reviewed all aspects of the Green Depot system, from customer service to geographic coverage and accessibility of the depots to the public, with a view to making changes that will strengthen the system and encourage more people to recycle their beverage containers," said Leigh Puddester, chair and chief executive officer of the MMSB.
"After looking at other jurisdictions, reviewing best practices, and consulting with our depot operators, we are confident that the new standards we are rolling out such as better hours of operation, shorter wait times, and a cleaner environment will result in a quicker, easier and more rewarding experience for customers.
All 39 green depot operators licensed under the MMSB support the changes and have committed to be fully operational under the new standards by June 30.

Organizations: Multi-Materials Stewardship Board, Green Depot Licensing Standards

Geographic location: Bell Island

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  • TaxWatch
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    MMSB...is this the organization that spends a fortune on advertising and nothing else?

  • Brock
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Is it true that all the tire recycling collected goes to paying some guy rent for use of his land to store the tires? Is'nt there tons of crown land that could be used for free? Can someone investigate this?

  • Lorraine
    July 02, 2010 - 13:29

    Mr. Dooley:

    I find your remarks insulting to the residents of Bell Island. Bell Islanders are hard working people and take pride in their work as well as take pride in their environment. Many Bell Islanders are greatly involved in the recycling which in turn benefits our environment the same God given air your breath Mr. Dooley.

    Come visit Bell Island someday and see the pride in our beautiful island. If you have nothing good to say then say nothing.

  • M
    July 02, 2010 - 13:28

    In a lot of places on the mainland, quite a lot of things are acceptable as being
    recycleable,but this place? It's Pic-n-choose, and not for the consumer. Cardboard can be recycled, tires can be recycled, magazines of all types can be recycled, etc, etc, etc, including, i might add, the tins that the soups come in. Try bringing all that to the depots, and see where it gets you. A quick trip to the dump, to drop off the things that MMSB considers to be UN-recycleable.
    There's one corporation in the city that actually PAYS a company to take the tons and tons of compressed cardboard that it accumulates per day, and personally, i find THAT hilarious. Give the cardboard away, and PAY someone to TAKE it, to recycle it elsewhee, so not only do they get paid to haul it away, they get paid for the cardboard again, when it gets recycled. ONLY in Nfld, you say.

  • marg
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    whoopie-----more window dressing from the thieves that is the MMSB. Why are so wishy-washy? Let's recycle in a serious manner and that is everything not just what we pay them to do

  • Stan
    July 02, 2010 - 13:26

    Mr. Donny Dooley,

    I echo the same response as Ms. Lorraine Fowler, you are most welcomed to visit our Island and see for yourself why Bell Island is still a thriving community today. The mines have been closed since 1966 however the people remain because they believe in this place and themselves. So, by all mean come and visit. You may even like it. I did some 10 or 15 years ago and I now reside on this beautiful litte gen in the bay.

    Regards,
    Stan

  • Taxpayer ll
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    So now they not only get the money they steal from us on the front end, but they get our tax dollars too. When will this madness end?

  • Donny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    What? Bell Island has been on self-destruct for the last several years and yet the minister arrives to announce a garbage room! The only strategic improvement these fine folks could benefit from is a re-location plan.

  • whatif
    July 02, 2010 - 13:19

    Instead of a fresh new look for all depots , maybe they could start collecting cardboard again, seeing as a lack of money was the excuse for stopping cardboard recycling.

  • Hollie
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    Mr. Dooley
    I also think taht the comments that u make on every situation is very rude. Bell island is a beautiful place it has historic background.

  • brad
    July 02, 2010 - 13:13

    Good start, but when are we gonna reduce the amount of poison being pumped into the ponds and bays by industry. This recycling is small stuff when compared to the damage being caused by mining companies. I would rather have Robin Hood bay full of cans and plastic rather than Sandy Pond full of toxic crap which can never be cleaned up. Good work Ms. Johnson, you are really keeping our province clean( how about those gravel pits or should I say new dumping stations?)

  • Fred
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    They should be investing OUR money in improvements in making recycling more effecient and conveint for the users. Unfortunately the opposite is what prevails in our depots today.Lets get someone in charge out of their fancy offices and get into these depots to see how inprovements can be made to encourage more recyling by the public

  • TaxWatch
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    MMSB...is this the organization that spends a fortune on advertising and nothing else?

  • Brock
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Is it true that all the tire recycling collected goes to paying some guy rent for use of his land to store the tires? Is'nt there tons of crown land that could be used for free? Can someone investigate this?

  • Lorraine
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    Mr. Dooley:

    I find your remarks insulting to the residents of Bell Island. Bell Islanders are hard working people and take pride in their work as well as take pride in their environment. Many Bell Islanders are greatly involved in the recycling which in turn benefits our environment the same God given air your breath Mr. Dooley.

    Come visit Bell Island someday and see the pride in our beautiful island. If you have nothing good to say then say nothing.

  • M
    July 01, 2010 - 20:16

    In a lot of places on the mainland, quite a lot of things are acceptable as being
    recycleable,but this place? It's Pic-n-choose, and not for the consumer. Cardboard can be recycled, tires can be recycled, magazines of all types can be recycled, etc, etc, etc, including, i might add, the tins that the soups come in. Try bringing all that to the depots, and see where it gets you. A quick trip to the dump, to drop off the things that MMSB considers to be UN-recycleable.
    There's one corporation in the city that actually PAYS a company to take the tons and tons of compressed cardboard that it accumulates per day, and personally, i find THAT hilarious. Give the cardboard away, and PAY someone to TAKE it, to recycle it elsewhee, so not only do they get paid to haul it away, they get paid for the cardboard again, when it gets recycled. ONLY in Nfld, you say.

  • marg
    July 01, 2010 - 20:15

    whoopie-----more window dressing from the thieves that is the MMSB. Why are so wishy-washy? Let's recycle in a serious manner and that is everything not just what we pay them to do

  • Stan
    July 01, 2010 - 20:13

    Mr. Donny Dooley,

    I echo the same response as Ms. Lorraine Fowler, you are most welcomed to visit our Island and see for yourself why Bell Island is still a thriving community today. The mines have been closed since 1966 however the people remain because they believe in this place and themselves. So, by all mean come and visit. You may even like it. I did some 10 or 15 years ago and I now reside on this beautiful litte gen in the bay.

    Regards,
    Stan

  • Taxpayer ll
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    So now they not only get the money they steal from us on the front end, but they get our tax dollars too. When will this madness end?

  • Donny
    July 01, 2010 - 20:02

    What? Bell Island has been on self-destruct for the last several years and yet the minister arrives to announce a garbage room! The only strategic improvement these fine folks could benefit from is a re-location plan.

  • whatif
    July 01, 2010 - 20:01

    Instead of a fresh new look for all depots , maybe they could start collecting cardboard again, seeing as a lack of money was the excuse for stopping cardboard recycling.

  • Hollie
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    Mr. Dooley
    I also think taht the comments that u make on every situation is very rude. Bell island is a beautiful place it has historic background.

  • brad
    July 01, 2010 - 19:51

    Good start, but when are we gonna reduce the amount of poison being pumped into the ponds and bays by industry. This recycling is small stuff when compared to the damage being caused by mining companies. I would rather have Robin Hood bay full of cans and plastic rather than Sandy Pond full of toxic crap which can never be cleaned up. Good work Ms. Johnson, you are really keeping our province clean( how about those gravel pits or should I say new dumping stations?)

  • Fred
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    They should be investing OUR money in improvements in making recycling more effecient and conveint for the users. Unfortunately the opposite is what prevails in our depots today.Lets get someone in charge out of their fancy offices and get into these depots to see how inprovements can be made to encourage more recyling by the public