New, county-wide residential recycling begins in September


Lawrence Station – Large, blue recycling bins will be delivered to households throughout Charlotte County in July as the Southwest New Brunswick Service Commission begins the roll out of its new residential recycling program.

Pick up of those containers will begin in September.

The program will replace the current system of community bins, said Joyce Wright, chair of SNBSC. Those community bins will be decommissioned and removed beginning in June.

Wright said the courtesy pick-up by the service commission of commercial recycling at some businesses and schools will end the first week of March.

Residential pick up of recyclables will be discontinued immediately until the new program starts said Wright, who noted however, recycling delivered by the public will always be accepted at the Hemlock Knoll solid waste facility.

She said those with large amounts of recycling, such as schools and businesses that wish to continue to do so, will need to make arrangements for delivery to the solid waste facility with private contractors or by other means.

The new program will see an expansion of recyclables accepted, including more kinds of plastic and tin cans.

Wright said this new recycling program mirrors what is happening in other parts of the province and country.

“It will provide better service and convenience for residents along with higher diversion rates from the landfill.”

She stated the cost of the new carts, which will be provided free to single family residences, will be offset by the need to replace the aging community bins and trucks servicing the current system.

The recyclables will be shipped to Quebec for sorting.

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