This year, the County is making major changes in recycling and garbage collection. For recycling, instead of using clear plastic bags, you will get a blue box and a grey box. And garbage will be changed too – you’ll get a green box for organic stuff that can be composted. In addition, there will be more places to dispose of hazardous waste. There will be an extensive education program which has already started – read the Waste and Recycling Collection calendar which every household should have received at the beginning of the year (via Northumberland News). At Cobourg’s Committee of the Whole Council meeting on May 13, Adam McCue from the County will make a presentation on this subject. Some changes have already happened but most will start on September 3rd, 2019. And to make life a little more confusing, the Landfill and Transfer Stations have been renamed to Community Recycling Centres or CRCs.
Impact of changes
- Green Bin – 2,000 to 3,000 tonnes of food waste diverted from landfill annually
- Blue & Grey Box – 1,000 additional tonnes of recyclable materials diverted from landfill annually
- Community Recycling Centres – 2020 and beyond, 1,000 additional tonnes of divertible materials kept out of landfill annually (mattresses, shingles, wood waste, etc.)
- Overall – 15-20% increase in waste diversion
Students will be delivering Blue & Grey Boxes between June and the end of August and the Contractor will deliver Green Bins in August. The bins will include instruction packages and the County also plans radio and newspaper advertising to get the word out. In addition, they plan “Info Booths” at Municipal Buildings (Libraries, Town Hall Foyers, etc.)
Although it is recommended that you read the 2019 Waste Calendar, below is a summary that should help. If you don’t have a copy of the Calendar, download it here.
Recyclables and Garbage collection days won’t change. Collection day is per the calendar – for Cobourg that’s Tuesdays unless bumped because of a Holiday Monday.
There will be two “split” collection trucks – each with two compartments. One will pick up Grey and Blue Box Recyclables and the other Green Bin material and Garbage. Both will pickup on the same day, once a week.
Starting September 3, these must be separated to go in new Grey and Blue Boxes and not clear plastic bags.
|Grey Box||Paper: Newspapers, flyers, paper, cardboard tied and bundled, shredded paper inside a clear plastic bag|
|Blue Box||Other Recyclables: Rinsed bottles, coffee cups, glass and plastic containers, cans, plastic sleeves and bags inside a tied plastic bag|
|Green Bin||Organics: Food scraps, biodegradable pizza boxes and paper plates, used paper towels, pumpkins – anything that is compostable including paper linings of kitchen catchers.|
Also provided will be a kitchen catcher that you may line with a compostable lining such as newspaper or certified compostable bags or LCBO bags. Or don’t use a liner and just wash it regularly. You may want to keep meat scraps in a compostable bag in your freezer until collection day.
Little change from the current arrangement. Up to 2 standard garbage bags with $2.75 green tags and weighing no more than 20 KG (44 pounds) each.
|Garbage Bags||Garbage – everything not put in blue, grey or green bins, except for hazardous waste, leaf and yard waste, Christmas trees or “other” (see below).|
Leaf and Yard Waste
Collected May to December on the week indicated in the Calendar. Bundled sticks and leaves in paper yard waste bags. There is more detail on this Cobourg Internet page here.
|Cobourg Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Depot. Veronica Street||Selected dates – April through October per Waste calendar|
|Community Recycling Stations – Bewdley and Brighton||Monday through Saturday; all year except for Public Holidays. See details below.|
Appliances, scrap metal, drywall, clothing, tires etc can be dropped off at the Bewdley and Brighton CRCs – free except for Garbage, Drywall and Leaf and Yard Waste. The County no longer issues free Dump vouchers to residents.
Fees for charged items at CRCs
|Material||Under 100 kg||Over 100 kg|
|Leaf and yard waste||First 500 kg free||Over 500 kg $40/tonne|
Fees are also charged for dropping off mattresses, shingles, wood waste, etc
A new free item is Styrofoam as used in packaging which may also be dropped off at a CRC. It must be in a clear bag.
Christmas trees are collected by Municipalities, not the County.
Address: 7650 CR 9 (Oak Ridges Dr.) between CR 28 and CR 18.
Hours: April 1 to Nov 30 – Mon. through Sat. 8:30 to 5:00; Dec 1 to Mar 31 – Tues though Sat 8:30 to 5:00
Address: 1112 CR 26 north of 401
Hours: Mon through Sat. 8:30 to 5:00
The County has a new web site and their Garbage and Recycling page is here.