Powassan to begin recycling glass

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After searching for more than a year, the Municipality of Powassan may have a solution to diverting glass from its landfill.

It's signing a one year agreement with Vaughn-based Waste Connections of Canada to put a bin at the landfill where residents can drop off their various glass products for recycling.

The annual cost for the bin is $3,600 but since the container won't be in place until September, with only four months left in the year, the cost to the municipality for the remainder of the year will be $1,200.

Powassan's current recycling program doesn't contain measures to collect glass which has been dumped at the local landfill for years. Last year in February the municipality began addressing this issue.

Staff told the council they contacted quite a number of waste and recycling related organizations before recommending Waste Connections of Canada.

Deputy Mayor Randy Hall was the sole council member to oppose the contract but his reasoning had nothing to do with preserving the life of the landfill.

“It's exactly what we've been looking for to recycle glass,” Hall said.

“But given our financial constraints and that we're close to the end of 2022, I'd like the new council to take this on and budget for it in 2023.”

However, Coun. Dave Britton noted the municipality has already budgeted for the bin and council can set an example now by diverting a recyclable product from the landfill.

“We're moving in the right direction,” he said.

Britton added the municipality can try the service for one year to determine if it's beneficial.

Coun. Markus Wand agreed adding “if it doesn't work we can cancel it."

Mayor Peter McIsaac was also on board with the proposal.

He told his town council colleagues that a lot of residents have said the council was not doing its part on glass recycling.

“We need to show leadership that we're trying to reduce what goes into our landfill,” McIsaac said.

“We need to recycle as many products as we can.”

McIsaac said staff have also spent a considerable amount of time on this recycling project.

With council approving the contract, the next step will be to put the glass-collecting bin at the landfill.

Rocco Frangione is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the North Bay Nugget. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

Rocco Frangione, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The North Bay Nugget