New recycling rules con­cern lo­cal mo­tel owner

De­bris from blue boxes will be an is­sue, he says

The Peterborough Examiner - - LOCAL - JOELLE KOVACH EX­AM­INER STAFF WRITER [email protected]­ter­bor­ough­

The man­ager of a mo­tel on High­way 7 says he’s con­cerned that a new rule against us­ing large clear bags to con­tain re­cy­clables will mean loose de­bris for­ever fly­ing across a busy high­way, cre­at­ing a traf­fic hazard.

Sean Gupta is the man­ager of the Car­riage Inn Mo­tel, in Oton­abee South Mon­aghan Town­ship, just east of Mark S. Burn­ham pro­vin­cial park on High­way 7.

Now that he can no longer use plas­tic bags to set out the recycling, empty pop cans and water bot­tles fly out of his blue boxes in the wind.

He’s con­cerned it could be dan­ger­ous for mo­torists to have this type of de­bris whip­ping into wind­shields. It could be a prob­lem any time of day or night, he said.

“It’s High­way 7 — there’s al­ways traf­fic there,” he said.

For years, busi­nesses and some res­i­dents in the city and County of Peter­bor­ough have used large clear recycling bags to gather and set out empty con­tain­ers.

But a new recycling pickup con­trac­tor, Emterra En­vi­ron­men­tal, took over in both city and county on Nov. 1 and is un­der strict mu­nic­i­pal or­ders to stop pick­ing up those bags.

Dave Dou­glas, the city’s waste diver­sion man­ager, told The Ex­am­iner ear­lier this month that Emterra has no me­chan­i­cal means of re­mov­ing the con­tain­ers from bags.

Dou­glas said it’s es­sen­tial that con­tain­ers be put into blue boxes in­stead, but Gupta said it’s im­prac­ti­cal and will lead to lots of lit­ter along the high­way.

He wants to be able to use bags again. “It’s a sim­ple re­quest.”

Coun. Dean Pap­pas said on Mon­day the rule against us­ing bags has an im­pact down­town in his ward.

Busi­nesses, restau­rants and apart­ment dwellers down­town find the bags save lots of space on the side­walk, Pap­pas said, be­cause a bag can hold twice as many con­tain­ers as a blue box.

Pap­pas doesn’t think the lack of a me­chan­i­cal de-bag­ger should mean the clear bags can­not be used.

“I don’t un­der­stand how they (recycling col­lec­tion work­ers) can’t just open the bag and dump them (con­tain­ers) in the truck,” he said.

No in­for­ma­tion was avail­able on Mon­day from Emterra on whether it plans to get a me­chan­i­cal de-bag­ger, but The Ex­am­iner has been told in an email from a spokesper­son to ex­pect more de­tails soon.

Mean­while, the city has ex­pe­ri­enced many de­layed blue box pick­ups since Nov. 1, and Dou­glas

has said the rea­sons in­clude me­chan­i­cal is­sues with Emterra’s trucks, new routes, new driv­ers and the re­cent snow­fall.

In a re­cent news re­lease, the city stated that the is­sues caus­ing de­lays will be re­solved by Nov. 25.

The County of Peter­bor­ough has also ex­pe­ri­enced some recycling pickup de­lays since Nov. 1, but to a lesser ex­tent, Sheri­dan Gra­ham, the county’s cor­po­rate projects and ser­vices di­rec­tor, wrote in an email.

“We are work­ing with our con­trac­tor to en­sure things im­prove,” she wrote.

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