Northumberland County has advised that “Due to unforeseen circumstances, the collection contractor will not be able to offer the new programs starting in September as originally planned.” This is especially important for the green bins – do not use the new green bin for food waste until December 2nd, 2019. Instead you can continue to use a maximum of three garbage (black) bags instead of the new 2 bag limit. However, you should use the new Blue and Grey boxes although their contents will initially go into the trucks together. Meanwhile, using the boxes means fewer plastic bags in the waste system. Delivery of bins and boxes continues: All Green Bins are anticipated to be delivered by the end of August, with Blue and Grey Box delivery to be completed by the end of October.
County Warden John Logel states: “The delay in the launch of these new waste diversion programs is unfortunate. We appreciate the public’s patience as we work closely with our contractor partners to ensure residents are able to take full advantage of these programs before the end of 2019. The County continues to look forward to the positive environmental benefits that the Green Bin and Recycle Right programs will generate once in place this December.”
Although there will initially mixing of Blue and Grey box contents, the County says that “the contractor will be moving to vehicles that sort recyclable material into dual streams by the fall of 2020, which will result in even further diversion benefits for the community.”
The announcement from the County also said:
The new Green Bin and Recycle Right [2 bins instead of bags] collection programs are cornerstones of the County’s Long-term Waste Management Master Plan. The overall goal of this plan is to divert more than 75% of the waste generated by residents from landfill.
It is estimated that, annually, the new Green Bin collection program will result in the diversion of over 2,000 tonnes of food waste from the landfill, with the new Recycle Right program achieving an additional 1,000 tonnes of diversion.
The County’s Waste Calendar and their web site have information on the new program but the postponement is not yet mentioned. Their waste info phone number should help if you have any questions: 1-866-293-8379. But you might want to wait until at least Monday 19th August.
- Major Changes in Recycling and Garbage Collection – 9 May 2019
- County Garbage and Recycling web page
- Download 2019 County Waste and Garbage Calendar