I was recently in the Edmundston region and decided to go say hi to Resnet, an NBEN member group in the region. I was warmly welcomed by Resnet’s Executive Director Julie Lavoie.

I quickly realized that Resnet is not just any recycling operation. They are not only nationally (EPRA- Electronic Product Recycling Association) and internationally (IS0 14001) certified, but are the only recycling centre in New Brunswick to have these certifications. This allows Resnet to reuse electronic materials that could otherwise end up in landfills. Since 2004, they have recycled 1900 tons of electronic equipment. They also refurbish computers, computer systems and laptops that can be reused instead of being recycled for value.

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The warehouse full of electronic materials to be recycled. 

According to Julie, RESNET is the provincial core of electronic recycling: “The priority is to process all electronic waste brought to the different drop-off locations in New Brunswick.”
IMG 20170418 155912258Equipment used to compress the metals. 

Resnet is also unique in the sense that one of their main objectives is to help people in the region who have difficulty finding work or integrating in the workplace. Through a partnership with the provincial government, Resnet offers interns a chance to gain work experience, skills such as First Aid, electronic dismantling, computer assembly, nutrition classes, and much more, all in a positive work environmental that fosters personal growth and respect of a clean environment. The interns are an integral part of Resnet and its successes!

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The room where computer courses and other formations are given. 

For more information, visit Resnet’s Website or Facebook page! 

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I recently stopped in Grand Falls to visit the Eastern Canada Soil and Water Conservation Centre (ECSWCC), an NBEN member group since 2013.  Josée Landry, Manager, and Dodick Gasser, Researcher in agronomy and environment, welcomed me and showed me around the centre. The centre is located at NBCC’s Grand Falls site, which is also home to the Biorefinery Technology Scale-Up Centre.  Josée manages both centres as they are quite intertwined.

First off, I visited the beverage lab. This is where the biorefinery centre evaluates different barleys and yeasts for brewing beer. They even do some spirits!

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The beverage lab. 

Next we went into the microbiology and analytical lab. Numerous studies are going on there. As an example, they use mushrooms, fungi, bacteria and plants for soil remediation purposes. The ECSWCC also acts as a third party reviser for environmental farm plans (EFP) done by agricultural producers throughout the province. Since 2005, they have evaluated and approved almost 1000 EFPs. The main goal of the research done at the Centre is to work towards good agricultural practices, maintain organic matter in the soils, and soil and water conservation.
IMG 20170419 102836826Biorefinery equipment. 

Since they are located at NBCC, they often work with students from their campus or other campuses throughout the province. The two centres together have 13 employees, five researchers and six technicians. Members of the ECSWCC regularly attend NBEN events, whether it’s to look at climate change or environmental health. Make sure to link up with them at the next event! 

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Have a look at May's featured group: Resnet inc.
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