Through MMSB’s funding programs, many businesses and organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador have developed and implemented sustainable waste management programs to ensure a clean and healthy environment.
Here are some of the initiatives we are proud to support.
MUN Botanical Garden
MMSB and the MUN Botanical Garden have been long-time partners and friends – getting together on a regular basis to deliver educational programs on composting and other waste reduction activities.
- We team up each May to promote Compost Awareness Week.
- MMSB’s public education staff have also delivered presentations to children enrolled in MUN Botanical Garden’s Junior Naturalists day camp program.
Home Again Furniture Bank, St. John’s
Home Again Furniture Bank is a non-profit organization that provides gently-used furniture and household items to individuals or families in need. Through this program, Home Again empowers people to rebuild their lives, while fostering a sense of community pride. This eco-friendly charity is also having a positive environmental impact by diverting furniture waste from landfill. MMSB is proud to support Home Again and the individuals and families it serves.
Island Compost, Conception Bay South
In 2015, Island Compost began offering organic waste collection services for residents in St. John’s and the surrounding area. Since then, it has expanded operations to collect organic waste from various commercial clients including restaurants and office buildings. With a long term goal to divert 160 tonnes of organic waste per year from landfill, MMSB provided funding to Island Compost to assist in the purchase of equipment to help manage and process the organic material.
Placentia West Heritage Committee
The Placentia West Heritage Committee preserves artifacts relating to the culture and heritage, transmitting the intangible cultural heritage of the Placentia West region. In August 2015, the Committee began collecting unwanted textiles to be sorted by workers and volunteers. Reusable clothing is donated to the local Smallwood Crescent Centre and the remainder of the textiles are incorporated into craft projects or repurposed as cleaning rags.
The Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, St. John's & The Anchor Inn Hotel and Suites, Twillingate
The Autism Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and The Anchor Inn Hotel and Suites are closing the loop on organic waste management. The Autism Society, through its restaurant, The Pantry, is operating the first industrial composter to be located onsite at a restaurant in the province. They are also working in partnership with local organizations to increase organic waste diversion. Similarly, in the accommodations industry, The Anchor Inn Hotel and Suites is operating the first industrial composter located onsite at a hotel in the province to compost food waste from its onsite restaurant. The hotel operator is also exploring the potential to incorporate organic waste from other businesses in the Twillingate area into its composting project.