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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Recycling Abuse is Costing Taxpayers in Saugeen Shores

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Bruce Area Solid Waste Recycling will clean contaminated recycling bins at the landfill - to the tune of $25,000

Not following the rules when it comes to recycling, is about to result in costing taxpayers money in Saugeen Shores.

The Southampton Landfill has recycling bins and carts located at the entrance and beside the inbound scale for various materials.

However, there's a problem.

Saugeen Shore Councillor John Rich, who is a board member of the Bruce Area Solid Waste Recycling or BASWR, says "There are people in this municipality who are going through and abusing the privilege of dropping off recycling and it's costing everyone. 

Director of Infrastructure and Development Amanda Froese says many of the bins are being "contaminated" with other garbage that people are dropping off and the contents of those compromised bins end up in the landfill.

Froese says BASWR cleans up some of the mess but can no longer afford to do it for free.

The town has agreed to pay an additional $25,000 to have the recycling firm clean up what they can of the mess left behind.

In the meantime, plans are going forward to create a new entrance to the landfill which will not be open to the public during off-hours.

It's hoped the measure will see a reduction in non-recyclables ending up in the bins.

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