The following are current issues for recycling:
- Red bag curbside pickup service
On the other hand, recycling is managing financially in these challenging times because the Board has made realistic decisions for fees and expenditures.
There will be more information after the January 16 Board meeting. The service will continue Wednesday mornings until further notice.
2. Commingled tonnage decrease.
Commingled materials are the packaging and print materials (PPM) that are baled together and shipped to Winnipeg for sorting. This tonnage is down 10.7 tonnes compared to the end of November 2018 and over 17 tonnes from the same time in 2017.
There was an increase of seven tonnes in 2017, the year curbside pickup began in Denare Beach.
This tonnage determines our subsidy. Fortunately, we can include our cardboard tonnage which is up.
A major factor is the drop in amount of newspaper. It was separated and sold until April 2017 when there was not longer enough to make it feasible. The overall percentage of paper/boxboard (fibre) materials in the mix has fallen. It weighs more than plastics.
This doesn’t explain all of the decrease as there were 29 fewer bales between 2018 and 2019. It could be that people are reducing their waste which is a good thing. It could also be that fewer people are recycling. Many have not yet started recycling.
We will be working to change this trend in 2020.