Blue box recycling program to be overhauled

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The Blue Box recycling program currently run by the Ontario Stewardship Council could be under new management. Currently the cost of running the program cost is split with municipalities.

However, a new report on the blue box program by David Lindsay recommends that the producers of the waste – businesses – provide blue box collection and pay for the entire cost.

Residents won’t feel any different regardless of the changes coming because the blue box will still be at the curbside, but producers are expected to come up with a better way of collecting or utilize existing municipality’s infrastructure.

And needless to say, these changes will be phased in over the next seven years.

It comes down to a matter of costs and the economy of scale. It is estimated that as a result of the model being currently used, a whopping 30 per cent of items residents lovingly place in blue bins end up in landfills.

The Blue Box program was first put in place in Kitchener in 1981 and has since been replicated across the land. The changes are expected to bring about not just cost savings but a higher rate of recycling blue bin items. -CINEWS

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