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New Recycling Practice Could Save Bonnyville Money on Roads, Free Up Landfill Space

The town of Bonnyville might be able to save some landfill space and save a bit of money at the same time thanks to a new recycling technique.

Councillor Jim Cheverie relayed the highlights from the Beaver River Regional Waste Management Commission meeting he attended to his colleagues on Tuesday. One item of note was a new method of reusing old shingles piling up in landifills that might be of use.

A new company with offices in Calgary and Edmonton is offering to go out to landfills around the province and remove the nails from a pile of shingles with a giant magnet. After that they will shred them up into a fine powder that can be mixed into gravel roads to prevent dust from kicking up. Cheverie told council the fee the company charges would be cheaper than the dust deterrent method they use now and that they would likely only have to come by once every five or so years. Early tests of the process suggest that it works extremely well too, with hardly any dust being kicked up from passing trucks in areas around the first few sites.

While nothing has been planned, council seemed to be very interested in the proposal.

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