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We are pleased to announce that the Spring edition of our newsletter
LITTERature is now available!
Government of Nova Scotia
Proclaims May 4th Adopt-A-Highway Day
For the thirteenth year in a row, the Government of Nova Scotia is proclaiming May 4th Adopt-A-Highway Day. In doing so, the Government of Nova Scotia recognizes the efforts of the Nova Scotia Adopt-A-Highway Program and its volunteers. The program offers organizations, volunteer groups, and businesses the opportunity to contribute to their province and community by removing litter from roadsides. “The sense of pride our volunteers take in their work is something to celebrate” says Coni Murray, Chair of the Adopt-A-Highway Program “We are very happy that the Government has decided to once again honor our program and volunteers in this way.”
Since the program’s inception in Nova Scotia, 1000 kilometers of roadway and 18 exits have been ‘adopted’. Volunteers work diligently, removing over 3300 bags of garbage and recyclables from our roadways in the last year alone. By removing this unpleasant and unnecessary material the province’s appearance is improved which in turn is aiding tourism, benefiting the environment, and reducing the attraction of wildlife to roadways.
This year the Adopt-A-Highway Program is celebrating their twenty-fifth anniversary. In recognition of this, the program is seeking additional volunteers in an effort to expand the program and continue to contribute to the betterment of the province. Countless roads and exits are still available and would greatly benefit from adoption.
Amy Langille, Program Administrator of the Adopt-A-Highway Program says “Adopting a roadway is easy, free, and with all the litter in Nova Scotia it is a very rewarding volunteer endeavour.” and continues to say “We are very proud of May 4th being Adopt-A-Highway Day in Nova Scotia. We are looking forward to the successful years ahead, continuing to preserve the provinces beauty, aiding the environment, and helping to protect wildlife.” The fourth of May is Adopt-A-Highway day but the provinces roadways need help year round. Volunteer today, every LITTER bit helps!
The thirteenth annual Volunteer Information Session was held on Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at the Debert Hospitality Centre in Debert Nova Scotia. Coni Murray, chair of the Nova Scotia Adopt-A-Highway Program (AAH), welcomed the attendees and introduced the committee members.
The day began with a presentation from Gail and Derek Taylor, owners of the Debert Hospitality Centre (DHC). Derek, a Red Seal Chef, began the presentation with the history of the DHC. He explained how the large building was opened in 1981 on a military base and took about three years to build. The purpose of the building was to be a place to host pilots as they were completing their training. Ultimately, the very large facility including four conference rooms, two dining rooms, and the accommodations portion were being considered for demolition, due to the overwhelming operating costs. In 2004 CORDA stepped in and decided to repurpose the building and eventually brought in Derek and his business partner, who were the successful owners of D & D Catering at the time, to breathe new life into the gorgeous facility. Derek and his business partner operated the facility for many years and were eventually offered the chance to buy the facility and, along with their families, they jumped at the opportunity. Gail, current Sales Manager of DHC, went on to tell us about their staff and how customer service is their first priority. She explained that they stop at nothing to support their wonderful staff in providing first-class customer service. Derek and Gail finished their presentation with a tour of their amazing facility which was an impressive repurpose of something that otherwise could have been ‘thrown in the trash’.
Program Administrator, Amy Langille, was next to present and discussed the history of AAH, last year’s cleanup results, and updates to the website. The program began in 1992 and this is AAH’s 25th year in operation. Since its inception the program has grown to include over 170 cleanup groups and have over 1,000 kilometers of adopted roadways and 18 adopted interchanges. In the past year alone the program, along with its volunteers, removed over 3,000 bags of litter, 187 bags of recycling, and cleaned 566 kilometers of roadway. The website has evolved and now allows for electronic submissions of cleanup permits, signage reporting, and contest entries.
The morning presentations ended with a presentation from Dale Lyon of Divert NS, who also sits on the Board of Directors for the AAH Program. Dale discussed Nova Scotia’s Waste Audit processes and findings. A very informative presentation which showcased what our landfills consists of. The 2011 residential findings showed that a combined 91,479 tons of fibre, organics, and plastic made up over half of what was found in the landfills. Dale explained that all three categories of fibre, organics, and plastic are actually banned items and should not be in our landfills. These audits allow Divert NS and their partners to determine Nova Scotia’s needs and
develop existing as well as new mandates and provincial legislation and strategies. Dale also informed us that he will be taking a new position with Divert NS as Operations and Procurement Specialist and will be leaving our Board of Directors. We wish nothing but the best for Dale in his new position, Congratulations Dale!
At lunch the buzz around the room was for DHC’s award winning broccoli soup. It was easy to tell that the passion that Gail and Derek have for the facility flowed over into the kitchen. Everything was delicious from the soup and sandwiches to the fudge brownies, it was enjoyed by all.
The afternoon began with a presentation from Barry Walker of Efficiency NS. Barry discussed Efficiency NS and explained that they are independent of Nova Scotia Power as well as any government funding, which is a common misconception. Barry discussed their many ongoing programs and services for Nova Scotians, including his favourite The Product Installation Service. This service is available to every Nova Scotian at absolutely no cost and provides LED lighting, water-saving shower heads and aerators, insulating wrap for your electric hot water tank and hot water pipes, smart power strips for your entertainment areas.
Next up was Wanda Baxter of Watch for Wildlife. Wanda discussed the correlation between roadside litter and wildlife’s attraction to roadways. Roadside garbage, which has been thrown out of motorists cars for example, attracts animals on to roadways. A seemingly innocent apple disposed of from a car window is not as simple as it may seem. Wildlife and birds are attracted to roadways due to garbage, even biodegradable apples, and will most likely end up being injured or killed. She explained that our program assists the Watch for Wildlife Vehicle Collision Prevention Program by limiting the amount of litter found on roadsides. Decreasing the amount of litter on and near roadways ultimately reduces wildlife-vehicle collisions.
The day ended with a round table discussion led by Coni Murray. Coni went around the room and asked the attendees questions which ended the day on a very interactive and upbeat tone. Attendees were engaging and learning from one another. It was a great conference and enjoyed by all of those who attended.
National Volunteer Week takes place this week! We would like to take this time to thank each of our amazing volunteers. This year 1672 volunteers worked a grand total of 5010 hours and removed approximately 47 tons of garbage from the sides of our roadways. This week and every week, we thank everyone who has donated their time over our 25 years!
Our 2018 Volunteer Information Session is fast approaching and we are very excited about our line-up of speakers and informative presentations. We hope to deliver an interesting and exciting session again this year. This years session will be held at the Debert Hospitality Centre on Saturday, April 28th, 2018.
There Is NO Registration Fee For This Session
However, you must register to attend as seating is limited.
You may register by completing our registration form and returning it to our office by email, mail, or fax. You may also register by calling our office at 902-843-9467.
This session is also open to the general public and we have limited seating available for those wanting to learn more about our program. If you know of someone that may be interested please have them contact our office and we will be happy to register them. If you have any questions or concerns we encourage you to call our office, we will be happy to help.
Our tentative agenda is available, Click Here to view.
For our registration form please Click Here.
For directions to the Debert Hospitality Centre, please Click Here.
Again, thank you for participating in the Adopt-A-Highway Program, and we hope that your spring roadside litter cleanups go well. We look forward to seeing you in April.
First Place Winner:
The Lake Echo and District Lions Club found several boxes of live ammunition and a rifle scope. They immediately contacted the RCMP who promptly arrived at the scene to remove the items. The Lake Echo and District Lions Club had a very successful litter cleanup this year with extra help from The Lakers Ball Club players, coaches, parents, members of the LE Seniors club, and community residents with a grand total of 35 participants!
Second Place Winner:
Congratulations go out to St. James United Church. They completed their spring cleanup and found this love letter! They have captioned the entry as “Young Love, True Love”, how fitting! We hope that this letter found its way to Gabriel before ending up along the St. James United Church’s cleanup route. The St. James United Church cleans Exit 32 on Highway 7 in Antigonish.
Third Place Winner:
RO-WIN-LEA 4-H found a kitchen in their cleanup, or at least all the necessary items in a kitchen. The cleanup included: a bread maker, microwave, and a refrigerator. The cleanup took place in June; they had 12 participants, and collected approximately 20 bags of garbage in under three hours.
Missed this year’s contest?
Next year’s contest will run from April to June 2018. To enter, please send us a picture of any unusual litter that you find during your cleanup, by July 13, 2018. Please send a brief description and your pictures by email to email@example.com, or to our office by mail before the above deadline. The winners will be announced in the Fall 2018 newsletter.
We are excited to announce that plans have been made for our Volunteer Information Session for this year. It will be held in at the Joggins Fossil Centre on Saturday, April 8th.
Our presenters will be:
Shannon Arnold – Marine Policy Coordinator – Ecology Action Centre: There are many significant projects concerning marine, oceans, and fisheries ongoing at the Ecology Action Centre. Shannon’s presentation will fill us in on some of the important work being done by their staff and volunteers.
Mary MacPhee – Facilities Manager, Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) This facility near Parrsboro is a leading research centre for in-stream tidal energy. Mary will give us an overview of this innovative development and its potential for the future.
Brenda Rioux – Waste Reduction Coordinator- Cumberland Joint Services Management Authority (CJSMA) Brenda will provide information on the many recycling and waste reduction programs and services offered by the CJSMA.
Adopt-A-Highway Program Coordinator – Gina Bain This update will include the notable events occurring in the program in 2016 and a review of the cleanup results for the year.
We will also have a time to have a tour of the Joggins Fossil Centre and adjoining cliffs, and discuss issues and experiences with other AAH groups.
We hope that many of our volunteers will be able to attend our conference in Joggins. Please contact the office if you are interested in our program.
The AAH Committee is a great group that get together three times a year to discuss issues related to litter and other environmental issues. We recently met at the Sackville Lions Club and received updates from our members about initiatives within their organizations.
This picture was taken in the fall of 2015 but many of our members are still the same.
Pictured are Front Row: Shannon Betts (HRM), Coni Murray (Women’s Institutes of NS, Co-Chair), Ellen MacGillivary-Simpson (Women’s Institutes of NS, Co-Chair), Wendy Owen (NS Lions-Environmental Chair) Jan Deveaux (Sackville Lions Club).
Back Row: Gina Bain (AAH Program Co-ordinator), Mark Durnford (Coldbrook Lions Club), Karel Deneve (NS Lions-former Environmental Chair), Darcey MacBain (Department of Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal), Charlynne Robertson (Clean Foundation), Nancy Veinot (Volunteer-at-Large).
Missing were Ashley David (NS Environment) and Dale Lyon (Divert NS).
Our present member for NS Lions Environmental Chair is Tami Maillet.