Recycling upgrades to wait ’til spring

Duane Hicks

The town will be waiting until next year to do upgrades to its “blue box” transfer station/drop-off facility here.
The upgrades to the Sixth Street West depot will include the installation of two new stationary compactor units with properly-sized hoppers and four 40-cubic-yard roll-off containers.
The delay, said Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown, is that the transformers for the compaction equipment take up to 20 weeks to be delivered.
“We’re probably going to wait until next spring to pour the concrete once the frost is out of the ground,” he noted during Tuesday night’s council meeting.
“We’ll go one more winter hand-bombing the recycling materials.”
Once this new compaction equipment is installed and operational, the four eight-cubic-yard drop-off bins currently located there will be taken out of service.
As well, “blue box” recyclables will not be stored in the existing storage building.
Instead, they will be compacted and then stored in four roll-off containers.
These containers then will be shipped off in container trucks, which can haul two containers at one time.
Recyclables currently are shipped in walking floor trailers.
This means the manpower and equipment (loader) used to load the walking floor trailers, as well as emptying the four drop-off bins on a regular basis, will be free to do other maintenance tasks for the town, such as winter control activities or adjusting catch basins.
All of this is expected to save the town $63,588 a year.
The total project cost is $218,275, nearly half of which will be paid for through Stewardship Ontario.
The town will pay for its portion using federal gas tax revenues it previously had received from the government.
Recycling advice
In the meantime, Brown advised the public to make full use of their curbside “blue box” pickup, and use the recycling depot only when necessary.
He noted he pays to have a contractor provide bi-weekly curbside “blue box” pickup for residents.
“You should be using that service to max,” Brown stressed.
“The bins are there if you’re going out of town and you’re going to miss your recycling day.
“I know some people can’t wait. They go out for a ride and drop it off,” he added.
“Don’t drop it off on a weekend,” Brown pleaded.
“During the week, we can keep up but on the weekends we can’t keep up.”
Coun. Rick Wiedenhoeft said he’s seen too many people drop off big, black garbage bags, which themselves are not recyclable.
If people bring recyclables in garbage bags, they should empty the bag into the bins and pack it down.
He also has seen large cardboard boxes being dropped off there, which have not been collapsed or cut apart into more manageable pieces so they take up less space in the bins.
“Those bins are so full,” Coun. Wiedenhoeft said. “On [the] rare occasion that I’ve had to use them, there’s not much room to put my stuff in because they’re too full.
“Some people just throw their junk on the ground there because they’re too lazy to take it home,” he added.
“C’mon folks, use your heads.”
If the bins are full, the public is asked to wait until another time to drop off their recyclables rather than leave them on the ground.
The public also should not drop off packing styrofoam that’s found inside boxes for appliances and the like.
This is not recyclable.
Allowable materials are posted on signs at the depot.