Islands forgotten by recycling program

  • Aug. 24, 2005 2:00 p.m.

The islands, praised for their natural beauty, are the forgotten land when it comes to toxic waste disposal, at least as far as used petroleum products are concerned, Mariah McCooey writes in the Observer on Thursday.
Because of the high cost of shipping to the mainland for recycling, barrels and barrels of used engine oil are piling up here, along with other toxic liquid wastes such as antifreeze, spoiled gasoline, and radiator fluid.
Despite promises and stacks of announcements two years ago from the province that new facilities would be created to deal with used engine oil, filters, and containers, so far it’s been all talk and no action as far as the islands are concerned. Meanwhile, used engine oil is piling up or being discarded in landfills and very probably ditches, along with its chemical stew of heavy metals, chlorinated solvents, gasoline, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, glycols, and highly carcinogenic PCBs.
For complete details, see the Observer Thursday, on sale throughout the islands.

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