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St. John's NL Green Job Initiative student Success Story

St. John's NL

St. John’s Moves Forward as a Greener City

The City of St. John’s has launched a new pilot project to reduce waste in its landfill – and divert items to special causes that help those in need.

Thanks to the CPRA’s Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative, with support from the Government of Canada’s Summer Work Experience program, the city’s Public Works department hired post-secondary student Andrew Ryan to help carry out the project.

“My summer job is directly affecting the amount of things going to the landfill” - Andrew Ryan, Student

“My summer job is directly affecting the amount of things going to the landfill,” says Andrew, who is in his final year of the Industrial Engineering Technology program at the College of the North Atlantic.

In his role at the City of St. John’s, Andrew works at the residential drop-off and diverts items away from the landfill. These items, such as furniture, are donated to a good cause. He also collects important data that is used to further minimize the amount of waste going to the landfill.

Andrew Ryan, Student

“You don’t realize how much is being thrown out,” he says, adding that he is graduating in December and the on-the-job experience has been invaluable.

Andrew’s supervisor, Janine Piller, the city’s waste diversion supervisor, says that his role is making a positive impact on the environment.

“This project is helping to keep things out of the landfill,” she says. “We’re seeing what can be re-used.”

“This project is helping to keep things out of the landfill,” she says. “We’re seeing what can be re-used.”

The City of St. John’s has launched a new pilot project to reduce waste in its landfill

Janine adds that the Summer Work Experience Green Jobs Initiative is also helping Andrew learn important skills in the workplace, as well as making St. John’s a greener city.

“We are very pleased that we were chosen, and that there was an opportunity to move forward with this pilot project,” she says. “It’s a great opportunity to see what’s going to the landfill.”

“We are very pleased that we were chosen, and that there was an opportunity to move forward with this pilot project,” she says. “It’s a great opportunity to see what’s going to the landfill.”

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