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.