In 2019, Doug Ford’s Provincial Government decided to transfer responsibility for waste recycling from Municipal Governments to the companies that produced the waste. This would save municipalities the cost plus give the producers of the waste an incentive to minimize it in the first place. The timeline for Northumberland is for it to be fully in effect on January 1, 2024. There are two parts to this: 1. Transferring management and ownership of the Material Recovery Facility in Grafton away from the County and 2. Transferring blue and grey box pickup to a new organization. The County has now announced part one: the County has accepted a conditional offer from Emterra Environmental to purchase the Material Recovery Facility in Grafton.
Here is a summary of the County’s announcement:
The agreement with Emterra was achieved through a competitive process, and includes the 16 acre property and the 55,000 square foot facility and material recovery equipment.
With this transition, Northumberland County will continue to provide collection services for waste, green bin, and leaf and yard waste, but will no longer deliver recycling services. [That is, will no longer manage the blue and grey box recycling program.]
Emterra Environmental aims to continue operating the site as a receiving facility for Blue Box materials and may possibly continue with processing and conditioning of materials, while preserving as many of the current staff positions as possible. The conditional offer to purchase is anticipated to close January 2024, in line with provincial transition timelines for Northumberland. Financials from the sale will be disclosed at that time.
While details about the transfer of Blue Box collection services for Northumberland have not yet been confirmed (part 2 as mentioned above), the Province is currently projecting January 2024 as the date for when producers will assume responsibility for recycling collection services, locally. The County will be communicating with residents throughout 2023, as more information becomes available, to support the seamless transition of the local recycling system to producers.
The County estimates savings of approximately $3 million annually as a result. These dollars will be reinvested into the ongoing provision and innovation of waste services for our residents. [No mention of taxes being reduced].
For more details see County information on their web site – link in Resources below.