Old car batteries, used motor oil and old tires are all things many households may have laying around. And spring is the perfect time of year to get rid of them.
To coincide with Earth Day, CAA Manitoba is hosting a roundup of those materials on Sunday at FortWhyte Alive.
“The weather is warming up and for many Manitobans that means it’s time to clean out their home and garage. Recycling used automotive products and household batteries is a great way to spring clean and go green,” said Erika Miller, public and media relations specialist for CAA Manitoba.
CAA Manitoba is rounding up used motor oil, tires and automotive batteries this weekend.
During a belated celebration of Earth Day, select CAA garages will collect the items today and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Winnipeg.
“When disposed improperly, automotive items like oil, tires and car batteries are extremely toxic to our environment,” said Angèle Faucher, public and government affairs specialist for CAA Manitoba. “These items can easily be recycled or reused, minimizing the impact on our ecosystems.”
A new car-share program is coming to the University of Winnipeg to offer students and others in the university community a ride whenever they need it.
Beginning May 1, a silver Honda Fit will be parked year-round behind the U of W’s Buhler Centre.
“The car-share option is an incredibly exciting addition to our campus,” said Alana Lajoie-O’Malley, director of the campus sustainability office. “Several university employees are unable to walk, bike, or bus to work because they must drive to off campus meetings during the day. Our hope is that making this vehicle available to these staff members will reduce the number of university employees driving their cars to and from their homes.”
About 200 staff from 14 Aveda salons across Manitoba will participate in the sixth annual I Walk For Water event on Sunday in honour of Earth Day.
Rather than one day, staff are celebrating “Earth Month,” and will walk five kilometres — the same distance that it would take a woman to get clean drinking water in Africa.
Estheticians and stylists will begin their walk at 10:30 a.m. from the Aveda Institute at 80 Rorie Street. The walk will make its way down Portage Avenue to Memorial Boulevard ending up at The Forks, then back to Rorie Street at around noon.
Walkers have been collecting donations from guests, families and friends, who have also been invited to walk. Funds raised go to support WaterCan.