Western recycling now being processed at Corner Brook facility
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.
Recycling material that is yet to be sorted is piled onto the floor at the Scotia Recycling facility in Corner Brook.