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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Collingwood Diverting Microfibres From Georgian Bay

Collingwood | by Catherine Thompson  

The town of Collingwood is going to work with a charitable organization to help protect the waters of Georgian Bay.

The town of Collingwood is going to work with a charitable organization to help protect the waters of Georgian Bay.

On Monday evening, a council committee agreed to support Georgian Bay Forever in a new project to install filters on washing machines in 500 homes in town.

The filters reduce the amount of microfibres that go from a washing machine to the wastewater treatment plant and don't get trapped there, but make it into the bay.

Georgian Bay Forever is going to pay all the project costs which will likely be 236 thousand dollars for the first year.

David Sweetnam of Georgian Bay Forever says it costs 25 thousand dollars for 100 of the filters. The organization is looking for government funding and the town will be providing a letter of support in those applications.

Sweetnam says if they are unable to fundraise the full project amount including government funding, then the project may need to be phased in over three years.

Full council still needs to approve the committee's unanimous decision.

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