Fort to stick with NORA

Fort Frances is staying aboard the Northwestern Ontario Recycling Association despite word Kenora council has voted to take on its own recycling operations when its agreement with NORA ends next year.
“We’re hopeful the collective approach is doable,” CAO Bill Naturkach said Thursday morning.
“We’re now looking at putting together a new request for proposal [with NORA],” he noted. “In the meantime, the current service will still go on for another six months.”
An informal poll on the Fort Frances Times’ Web site last week found 78.2 percent of the 78 responses received did not support moving away from the current “Blue Box” collection system.
On Monday night, Kenora council passed a resolution not only to end its agreement with NORA effective June 30, 2002, but to seek proposals from contractors to build an accessory building for recycling support operations.
This would act as a holding place between collection and haulage to an appropriate recycling facility.
Kenora’s cardboard compaction equipment also would be housed there.
The city’s operations department also was assigned to negotiate an operation proposal and fee structure for collection, disposal, and marketing of recyclable materials.
This will lead to a final recycling operation agreement with the city once the deal with NORA elapses.
NORA chair Mayor Dennis Brown of Atikokan nor Keith Sveinson, NORA recycling manager, could not be reached for comment by press time today.
As previously reported in the Times, NORA announced earlier this month that a proposed deal with Recool Inc. of Thunder Bay to provide recycling pickups is off the table as it takes time to develop a request for proposal which would ensure municipalities under NORA would get the best deal.
This likely will be ready sometime in January.
NORA had decided in late October to hand over its operations to another company in the wake of increasing financial woes, including a $500,000 price tag to refurbish its Dryden-based plant, an aging fleet of trucks, an inefficient system, a $450,000 debt, and a weakening economy.