The next phase of city recycling

Lisa Goudy
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Next up for recycling discussions is likely issuing RFPs for options

Residents can expect firm recycling decisions in the coming months.

Mayor Deb Higgins is pictured at the June 23, 2014 council meeting.

“Most of us have talked about curbside as long as it’s single-stream,” said Mayor Deb Higgins. “But it’s like anything. We’ll have to see the details and how it applies here in the city before any final decisions are made. I don’t think any of us are going in with closed minds or a definite idea of what’s doable and what isn’t.”

On Monday councillors voted to join the provincial Multi Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) program for residential recycling. Once that agreement is signed, the city has a spot in the program and “reserves our right to access the program” when it kicks into effect on Jan. 1.

Included in the agreement with the province is a 30-day opt-out clause in case things don’t work out as intended.

Prior to the current council taking office, the previous council left recycling to the side until details were known about the provincial program.

Now that those details are known and the city will sign onto the program, after council gives its final approval, Higgins said it’s likely time for request for proposals (RFPs) for recycling options.

“It will look for a variety of responses from companies that are in the field of recycling to see what options there are and what the costs will be for the City of Moose Jaw,” said Higgins. “We would be looking at its status quo — do we keep the depots — or second option would be to move to curbside or door-to-door single stream recycling.”

If one of the second options is chosen, it has already been decided it’ll be single stream. Single stream refers to a system where all recycling materials are put into one bin instead of having to sort recyclables.

“There is a facility now in Regina that sorts and accepts single-stream recycling, meaning everything could go into one container,” said Higgins. “Then it’s sorted at the plant. So that makes it easier.”

The City of Moose Jaw’s landfill is also likely going to be expanded more to the east. That too could provide possibilities of what to include in the new landfill and what type of recycling could be put there.

“There’s actually a number of options that are open to us,” said Higgins.

City administration will probably gather input will also probably be gathered from the environment advisory committee regarding recycling options. Higgins is hopeful a decision will be made by the MMSW start date of Jan. 1.

“It gives us a while to gather the information to be able to look at all the different options and also it gives us the opportunity to work it into our next budget year,” said Higgins. “So the date actually fits quite well, I think, with where we are in the city.”

What materials are accepted through MMSW program

Higgins said there is a “comprehensive list” of what’s included in the provincial recycling program that the city signed onto.

According to a section of the Multi Material Stewardship Western (MMSW) agreement obtained by the Times-Herald, the following items will be accepted through the program:

• Packaging is defined as “any packaging or container that is composed of glass, metal, paper, boxboard, cardboard, paper fibre or plastic or any combination of those materials and contains a product but does not include approved containers as defined inThe Litter Control Act.”

• Primary packaging containing products sold to a residential consumer.

• Group packaging or secondary packaging that goes to households.

• Transportation, distribution of tertiary packaging that goes to households

• Service packaging and disposable items sold to a consumer such as:

• paper or plastic carry-out bags provided at checkpoint;

• bags filled with bulk goods and produce, disposable plates and cups;

• takeout food delivery such as pizza boxes, cups, folded cartons and trays;

• food wraps provided by the grocer for items such as meat, fish and cheese;

• paper envelopes for developing photos;

• gift wrap and tissue paper provided by the retailer.

• Multiple packages of product sold in a unit wrapped in plastic

• Household products packaged in boxes such as:

• labels and lids hung on or attached to the package;

• mascara brush forming part of the container lid;

• staples, pins, clips; toys on top of candy that is part of the lid;

• plastic make-up case;

• devices for measure dosage that are part of the detergent container lid;

• brush contained in the lid of corrective liquid paper;

• zipper on plastic film bag containing a product

• For the program, paper and paper packaging refers to “all paper materials regardless of the cellulosic fibre source of the material” such as:

            • wood;

            • wheat;

            • rice;

            • cotton;

            • bananas;

            • eucalyptus;

            • bamboo;

            • hemp;

            • sugar cane (bagasse) fibre sources.

• Paper items such as flyers, brochures, booklets, catalogues, phone directories,  newspapers, magazines, paper fibre and other paper used for other uses.

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Organizations: Multi Material Stewardship Western, Times-Herald

Geographic location: Moose Jaw, Regina

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