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Rural towns worry recycling bill meant to save environment could do opposite

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A province-wide change to the way recycling is collected is intended to save the environment, But, in small towns, it could make things worse.

The bill is expected to be a hot topic at the Rural Ontario Municipalities Association conference taking place in Toronto this week. Madawaska Valley has a delegation at the conference, which includes Mayor Mark Willmer and three councillors.  

Bancroft Mayor Paul Jenkins says there’s irony in the new Ontario bill, as it calls for the phasing out of municipal-taxpayer funded blue box programs.

The bill puts the onus of recycling collection on producers of recyclable products, with the hopes that it will encourage less waste and save municipal funds.

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But rural leaders are wondering if those owners will actually set up collection programs in small towns.

“On the surface it sounds great; producer responsibility,” Jenkins said in an interview shortly before heading to the conference.
“If they’re paying, it’s going to reduce packaging. However, the devil is always in the details. As you mine down into this, especially for northern municipalities, this can truly be a big negative. In the long run, it could result in no recycling.”


“There’s huge irony in this, because this is supposed to be a program to improve something and it actually could make it worse.”

Jenkins says there’s a real possibility that Bancroft won’t have a recycling program much longer.

Jenkins says he and other municipal leaders will put pressure on and seek clarity from provincial officials on this matter while he attends the conference.


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