Gus Green (left), Waste Check’s general manager, and Leland Anthony, the Waste Check board chair, during the organization’s recent board meeting.
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By Eric Bourque
Municipal chief administrative officers going over Waste Check’s budget have requested more time to discuss the numbers and so the organization’s budget for the coming year has yet to be approved, although Waste Check general manager Gus Green says he and his staff continue to do their work.
“We have had other years when our budget was not approved by April 1,” he said. “Essentially what we do is we carry on business as normal.”
Because of a reduction in funding from the Resource Recovery Fund Board (RRFB Nova Scotia), Waste Check is requesting $100,000 in funding from the six municipal units in Yarmouth and Digby counties. That’s twice the amount they gave Waste Check last time but actually is a return to the amount they used to give.
Last year the units reduced their normal contribution and Waste Check was able to make up for the reduction by dipping into reserves it had. Given its current situation, however, Waste Check is looking to the units to bring their contribution back up to $100,000.
“The CAOs have been meeting and reviewing our financials,” Green said. “They’ve asked that the decision on the budget be deferred to the next meeting.”
Waste Check’s next board meeting is scheduled for April 14.
In the meantime, Waste Check goes on with its regular work, Green said.
On March 20, at the Clare Golf and Country Club, Waste Check will honour its business-of-the-month recipients from the past year, along with the people who, during this same period, were inducted into Waste Check’s Club 300.
Both programs recognize the efforts of those who are doing good work in managing and reducing their waste. The business-of-the-month program is, of course, for businesses while Club 300 is for other groups or individuals.
The event on March 20 is “just a little thank you for all their efforts,” Green said, referring to those who received business-of the-month or Club 300 honours over the past year.
On another matter, Leland Anthony, chair of the Waste Check board, will succeed Richard Dauphinee of West Hants as the regional chairs’ representative on the RRFB Nova Scotia board of directors.