If you live in a house in Cobourg and not certain Condos, you will now be using the new Blue Box, Grey box and Green bin program as well as continuing with garbage bags. It’s just as well that it does not apply to Condos like the one I live in because we don’t have anywhere to put multiple boxes – friends with a house and connected garage don’t have this problem. Our garbage gets sorted by recyclable or not then gets taken by a contractor to Lindsay! (I don’t know what other Condos do). It seems that Northumberland is moving the work of sorting garbage to the taxpayer instead of it being paid for by taxes. And some recent glitches have complicated matters – the start of the program was delayed and now lids for bins have become an issue.
A news release by the County on Wednesday said that lids for recycling containers have sold out. They add that more are on order and will be available by January and that the use of lids is not mandatory. They explain:
In most cases, wind and rain should not affect recycling, particularly where Blue Boxes are stacked on top of Grey Boxes. This measure will prevent paper materials from getting wet or carried away by the wind. There is no problem with container material in the Blue Box getting wet.
Many people wanted to pay the $3 for lids for blue and grey boxes anyway but now they must wait.
The green bin for food waste is obviously a magnet for raccoons and other “pests” so a “pest lock” for the green bin is available at no charge. You can also:
- Exchange a bin. If your delivered Blue and Grey Boxes are too tall, you can exchange them for shorter boxes. No charge.
- Purchase additional bins
Additional blue and grey boxes, and green bins, are available for purchase
Blue or grey box – $6 each Green bin -$15 each
You can get these by visiting the Grafton recycling centre or in Cobourg go to their office at the County Building on Courthouse road – or as the person answering the Garbage hotline said: “at the corner of Burnham and Elgin”. Hours are 8:30 to 4:30 Monday to Friday. The Grafton recycling centre is at 280 Edwardson Road, Grafton – map here or just go North from Grafton on County Road 23 then take first left after crossing 401.
You can use the hotline yourself by calling: 1-866-293-8379. More info on how to use the new system is on their web site here or you can get a summary in the Cobourg News Blog article when this was announced here and then when it was postponed.
To keep up with what’s happening (e.g. to find out when the lids are once again available), here is what they recommend:
- Follow On Facebook: @NorthumberlandCountyWasteDepartment
- Follow On Twitter: @NorthRecycles
- Subscribe to news releases: Northumberland.ca/subscribe
These currently have no news beyond what’s in this article but in January they will tell you when lids are in stock.