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Residual Materials Management in Acadia of the Lands and Forests: Challenges and Opportunities

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Approximately twenty representatives of Acadia of the Lands and Forests’ cities and towns met on March 2 at the Convention Centre in Edmundston for a discussion on “Residual Materials Management in Acadia of the Lands and Forests: Challenges and Opportunities”.

At a time when the environment and its protection are critical issues for municipalities, elected officials and concerned managers have decided to share their best practices in order to explore possible collaborative opportunities, given their geographical proximity and common challenges.

In this field, rules, obligations and goals vary greatly across Acadia of the Lands and Forests. Contributors from the Régie intermunicipale des déchets de Témiscouata (Témiscouata Intermunicipal Waste Board), New Brunswick’s Northwest Regional Service Commission and Maine’s Valley Recycling Facility presented a global outline of the situation in each area and discussed their respective challenges.

With this overview, participants recognized at once that there are possible collaboration opportunities to reclaim some of the residual materials, share business contacts and exchange services. This type of community-driven partnership could improve the reclamation of some residual materials by creating a critical mass that would ensure the profitability of certain activities thereby making it possible to manage residual materials in a way that follows the essence of sustainable development.

The participants agreed to pursue the discussion by establishing a regional working group on managing residual materials. Another meeting will take place in the coming months to determine the working group’s action plan. Meanwhile, short-term collaboration opportunities will be examined by the managers of Acadia of the Lands and Forests’ waste management departments.

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Mission: Stimuler et faciliter la collaboration régionale pour assurer le développement économique durable de l'Acadie des terres et forêts.

       




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