Good Move

Town council deserves top marks for its decision last week that boosts residents’ ability to recycle more items—while saving taxpayers money.
Council opted to abandon its previous informal agreement with Koochiching County across the river, in place since the old Northwest Ontario Recycling Association (NORA) fell by the wayside in 2002, when it learned the cost to sign the contract would jump from $2,600 per month to $9,700.
“It’s pretty clear they don’t want us as a customer,” Coun. Todd Hamilton remarked at last week’s council meeting.
Indeed. But fortunately, by looking to Dryden’s solution to its recycling situation, and thanks to input from local resident Ken Linton and a quick partnership with George Armstrong Co. Ltd. here, council has devised a plan to ship paper and cardboard to International Bildrite over in International Falls and the rest to Metro Recovery Inc. in Winnipeg.
Best of all, the new system took effect immediately, meaning town residents could begin putting a much wider variety of materials into their “blue boxes” starting this week—items such as pop cases, cereal boxes, paper egg cartons, milk cartons, juice boxes, and plastics #3-7 (most, if not all, of which no longer could be recycled after NORA went under).
This, in turn, should help residents reduce their weekly garbage output, meaning less trash is going to the local landfill site. And that should bring a big smile to Civic Centre administration (who, after all, introduced “bag tags” earlier this year purportedly with that very goal in mind).
Perhaps if this plan had been thought of first, the whole “bag tag” debate might have been moot. Still, better late than never. The onus now is on residents to take advantage of this system and recycle as much as possible.