Biomedical Waste Contract Awarded

first_imgA new and modernized method will soon be used to dispose of NovaScotia’s biomedical waste. The Department of Health has granted a conditional contract toMedic Delivery Services Limited of Dartmouth to provide thetransportation and disposal of gauze, plastics and otherbiomedical waste, the department announced today, April 6. “This company has a proven track record in transportation ofwaste and we were extremely impressed with the detail andpreparation of its proposal,” said Barry Lampier, manager ofinfrastructure management for the Health Department. “Thecompany’s proposed method of chemically treating and thendestroying the waste was determined by the committee as the bestroute to go.” Medic Delivery Services has been transporting the province’s 2.3million kilograms of biomedical waste from metro to Sydney, whereit has been incinerated. Under the new plan, the company will collect the waste fromhospitals and treat it at a new facility it will build in theUniacke Industrial Park, about 20 kilometres from Sackville onHighway 101. The waste will be shred, chemically treated and reduced by 90 percent before being transferred to a landfill site that isscheduled to open in West Hants in January, 2006. “We have been preparing for this tender opportunity for more thanfive years,” said Peter Caldarozzi, owner of Medic DeliveryServices Limited. “We have worked hard to ensure the groundworkrequired to implement this service contract. We are confident wecan meet all regulations necessary.” As part of the five-year contract, Medic Delivery must show thatall environmental and regulatory requirements will be met. If all associated municipal, provincial and federal approvals aregranted, the treatment facility will be built this fall andshould be operational by December.last_img read more

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More Coyote Safety Education Offered

first_img hire a wildlife biologist specialist to focus on human wildlife conflict enhance education about avoiding coyotes train up to 15 trappers to target aggressive coyotes provide a $20 per pelt incentive for professional trappers to harvest coyotes The signs that offer advice on what to do if an aggressive coyote approaches will be posted, as appropriate, at parks, hiking trails and other locations. Signs warning of coyote traps in the area will also be posted in appropriate locations as determined by Natural Resources. The materials released today will enhance the province’s other public education efforts about coyotes. The Department of Natural Resources has sent experts to give more than 100 presentations at schools and community organizations around the province, provided fact sheets to school boards, outdoor organizations and media outlets, and expanded the coyote information on the government website. More educational materials on coyote awareness will be released and posted online. Back away! Act big! Make noise! The three rules to remember in an encounter with an aggressive coyote are represented by the acronym BAM on educational materials released today, March 24. “At this time of year, as Nova Scotians spend more time outdoors, we want them to remember how to avoid coyotes and how to defend themselves if attacked,” said Charlie Parker, Minister of Natural Resources. “This campaign teaches that coyotes are part of nature and we need to follow simple rules that help us to live with them, in rural and urban areas.” Colourful signs, bookmarks, pamphlets and online videos advise people to Be Coyote Smart with tips on how to avoid the animals and how to act if an aggressive encounter does occur. The materials are available online at www.gov.ns.ca/natr, at Department of Natural Resources offices, and will be available to teachers and schools throughout the province. “Being coyote smart means carrying a walking stick and noisemaker when hiking in woods, not giving food or leaving food for wild animals, and remembering to think BAM if approached by an aggressive coyote – Back away, Act big, and Make noise,” said department wildlife conflict biologist, Mike Boudreau. The province announced a four-step plan last April to address the issue of aggressive coyotes. The steps, which are completed or ongoing are:last_img read more

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