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NEWS: Iqaluit July 15, 2014 - 4:07 pm

Iqaluit asks residents to separate cardboard from household garbage

More separation requests could come later, public works manager says

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To help the city cope with managing Iqaluit's longterm dump fire, city officials ask residents to immediately start separating cardboard from the rest of their household garbage. (FILE PHOTO)
To help the city cope with managing Iqaluit's longterm dump fire, city officials ask residents to immediately start separating cardboard from the rest of their household garbage. (FILE PHOTO)

As the city’s perpetual dump fire continues to smoulder, the City of Iqaluit wants residents to start separating cardboard from the rest of their household garbage immediately.

“If possible, cardboard paper should be put in a blue bag or bundled up and tied to keep from spreading around town,” a city public service announcement said July 15.

Joe Brown, the city’s superintendent for operations in the public works department, said the city had “conversations” this morning with Arctic Ventures Marketplace about having them start stocking blue garbage bags.

He also said they will talk to other retailers about the same idea.

In the meantime, he said residents can tie their separated waste cardboard into bundles and leave it in their garbage box for crews to pick up.

As of July 28, the city will start doing garbage pick-ups once a week. They will collect separated cardboard on the next pick-up date.

And there may be more garbage separation requests in the future, Brown said.

“Plastics are going to come later,” he said.

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