Recycling Costs To Spike

Posted: 2019-07-23 08:13:55 By: hbr

The cost of recycling in Muskoka looks like it’s headed for a hefty hike.

During their most recent meeting, District council considered and ultimately postponed signing a contract with Waste Connections of Canada Ltd that would have seen a significant increase.

According to District staff, the contract would have a $163,000  increase over the 2019 budget for recycling processing.

According to a staff report, the vast majority of materials are now being rejected at the recycling facility and there are significant costs to transportation and handle the materials that are ultimately being landfilled. 

The report went on to say that it’s widely recognized that the blue box program must be entirely reformed as it doesn’t have a positive outcome for the environment nor is it economically viable. The production of single use packaging materials must be discontinued and replaced with products that can be reused, recycled or recovered in a circular economy.

Sweeping changes to the provincial funding program for recycling are on the way and in the meantime staff are reviewing the eligible materials in the blue box program and eliminating materials that are too costly or have no environmental benefits. Staff will also consider

discontinuing receiving recycled materials from bin sites that historically have a high degree of contamination.