Wrapping paper OK in ‘blue boxes’

With residents now able to put out a wider range of materials in their “blue boxes” for pickup, no doubt most will be relieved this Christmas to find out that unlike previous years, wrapping paper is an acceptable recyclable here.
Operations and Facilities manager Doug Brown confirmed this Monday, adding residents can see for themselves what is and isn’t acceptable to recycle on the new 2005 recycling schedule that will be distributed through town over the Christmas holidays.
As in previous years, the Fort Frances Aquanauts will deliver them door-to-door starting today (Dec. 22).
These schedules, which also note the hours of operation for the landfill site, when the next free tipping days are (Nov. 5, 2005 and Nov. 4, 2006), and information on bag tags, are good for the next two years.
Additional schedules are available at the Civic Centre as well as at the Public Works office on Wright Avenue.
Brown also noted that unlike previous years when the town would stop “blue box” pickup for a couple of weeks during the holidays, the pickup will continue without a significant disruption in service.
Last year, for instance, there was no “blue box” pickup between Dec. 22 and Jan. 4. In a more extreme example, some residents didn’t see pickup for three weeks in 2001.
The first day for pickup after Christmas this year is Friday, Dec. 31.