Re­cy­cling wor­ry for Rus­sell Town­ship’s mayor

Le Reflet (The News) - - LA UNE - GREGG CHAM­BER­LAIN gregg.cham­ber­lain@eap.on.ca

Mayor Pierre Le­roux is wor­ried that Rus­sell Town­ship may face a cri­sis in the fu­ture for its re­cy­cling pro­gram.

The mayor brought up the sub­ject du­ring the open dis­cus­sion per­iod near the close of the Fe­brua­ry 20 town­ship coun­cil ses­sion. He told coun­cil about the re­sults of a recent mee­ting in North Glen­gar­ry with of­fi­cials for the com­pa­ny that handles the fi­nal col­lec­tion of all the re­cy­clable ma­te­rials which come from Rus­sell Town­ship.

“A ve­ry large per­cen­tage of all the re­cy­clables in the world is sold to Chi­na,” Le­roux said. “But now Chi­na says that it may not be buying as much (re­cy­clables) now.”

Le­roux no­ted that re­cy­cling col­lec­tion and pro­ces­sing agen­cies may soon face a dis­po­sal pro­blem for their sup­plies. With Chi­na tal­king about cut­ting back on its pur­chase of re­cy­clable ma­te­rials, there could be a scramble to find new mar­kets and that may be­come a pro­blem.

“No­bo­dy’s buying all this re­cy­cled ma­te­rial any­more,” ex­plai­ned Le­roux. He ad­ded that the com­pa­nies that col­lect and pro­cess re­cy­clable ma­te­rials may have to consi­der cut­ting back on their own ope­ra­tions, if they can’t find new mar­kets for their sup­plies.

“At the end of the day, it’s going to hit us too,” said Le­roux. “There is a (po­ten­tial) cri­sis here, and it’s not just a mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ty of Rus­sell cri­sis. It’s an On­ta­rio cri­sis, a Ca­na­da cri­sis.”

The provincial go­vern­ment has told mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties that they need to re­duce the amount of gar­bage going in­to their land­fills. That has been a ma­jor spur to en­cou­rage both lo­cal re­cy­cling pro­grams and al­so va­rious cor­po­rate re­cy­cling pro­jects to deal with old tires, used paint and other pro­ducts. The pro­blem is what to do with re­cy­clable ma­te­rials if there are fe­wer mar­kets for them.

“I’ve heard sto­ries that some mu­ni­ci­pa­li­ties are going to start bu­rying it again,” Le­roux com­men­ted, re­gar­ding op­tions for dea­ling with un­wan­ted re­cy­clables. “It’s not so­me­thing you want to hear. This is a pro­blem that is not going to go away.”

Mayor Le­roux an­noun­ced that he will ask the town­ship’s en­vi­ron­men­tal and re­cy­cling ad­vi­so­ry com­mit­tee to look in­to the si­tua­tion and pro­vide coun­cil and ad­mi­nis­tra­tion with ideas and re­com­men­da­tions.

“We all need to start wor­king to­ge­ther,” he clai­med.

—pho­to d’ar­chives

Le re­cy­clage est de­ve­nu un mode de vie pour de nom­breux ré­si­dents du can­ton de Rus­sell et d’ailleurs. Mais ce­la de­vient de plus en plus dif­fi­cile puisque la Chine, un des plus gros ache­teurs de ma­té­riaux re­cy­clés sur le mar­ché mon­dial, ré­duit...

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