West­ern re­cy­cling now be­ing pro­cessed at Cor­ner Brook fa­cil­ity

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Re­cy­clable ma­te­rial col­lected curb­side in west­ern New­found­land is now be­ing pro­cessed at Sco­tia Re­cy­cling in Cor­ner Brook.

Up to March, the West­ern Re­gional Ser­vice Board had been send­ing re­cy­clable ma­te­rial to the Cen­tral Re­gional Ser­vice Board in Nor­ris Arm.

It was an in­terim ar­range­ment as the board waited for Sco­tia Re­cy­cling to pre­pare its plant to take the ma­te­rial. Sco­tia had to have equip­ment man­u­fac­tured to han­dle the pro­cess­ing of the re­cy­clables.

But when the cen­tral board asked for a higher fee to process west­ern’s re­cy­clables, Josh Carey, chair of the west­ern board, said the an­swer was no.

“We were told it was $345 per tonne and that in­creased by another $111 per tonne.

“It’s cost pro­hib­i­tive. The res­i­dents of west­ern New­found­land should not be hav­ing to pay that bill.”

The west­ern board’s con­tract with Sco­tia Re­cy­cling was sup­posed to come into ef­fect in late April and so the board came up with a plan to con­tinue curb­side col­lec­tion and ship the ma­te­rial to a ware­house fa­cil­ity in Port aux Basques.

Carey said the board felt it was close enough to Sco­tia Re­cy­cling be­com­ing op­er­a­tional that it could be done. He es­ti­mates the move saved the board more than $100,000.

Carey said Sco­tia Re­cy­cling’s fa­cil­ity has been op­er­a­tional for about a month.

The ma­te­rial that was shipped to Port aux Basques is be­ing brought back to Cor­ner Brook and mixed it with the reg­u­lar curb­side col­lec­tion.

Thirty loads had been sent to Port aux Basques, 20 have been brought back to Cor­ner Brook with 10 left to come in.

DIANE CROCKER/THE WEST­ERN STAR

Re­cy­cling ma­te­rial that is yet to be sorted is piled onto the floor at the Sco­tia Re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity in Cor­ner Brook.

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