Holidays affect ‘blue box’ schedule

Due to the holidays, most town residents won’t see “blue box” pickups until well into the new year.
“There will be no ‘blue box’ collection from Dec. 24 ’til Jan. 2,” Atikokan Mayor Dennis Brown, who heads the board of directors of the Northwestern Ontario Recycling Association, said this morning.
“We agreed to this at a board meeting in December and it’s basically closed down for the holidays,” he remarked.
“As far as I know, it’s going to start again Jan. 2,” Coun. Deane Cunningham, the Fort Frances rep on the NORA board, said today.
“On the 2nd, whoever usually gets picked up on Wednesday will get picked up on that day, and the full recycling collection will start again the following week,” he explained.
That means anyone who usually has their “blue boxes” picked up on Monday or Tuesday won’t see their recycling disappear until Jan. 7 and 8—a full three weeks after their last collection.
“I didn’t agree with that decision,” Coun. Cunningham said. “It’s a busy time of year for recyclables and I thought the schedule should have carried on.”
A message had been faxed to all the municipalities about the change in schedule, and it was mentioned at the bottom of a Town of Fort Frances ad in the Dec. 19 edition of the Times.
Still, town streets have been lined with “blue boxes” since Christmas Eve, with some residents adding Christmas wrap and other materials to their boxes assuming they would be picked up soon.