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Urgent plea for local blue box program

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Recycle Action Inc. runs a successful blue box program for many communities in Prescott-Russell and helps provide em- ployment for those with limited job skills while providing recycled material supply markets with tons of old newspapers, tin cans, glass bottles and other items, which would overload local landfills. NowGroupe Convex, the non-profit social service agency, which created Recycle Action Inc., fears that the provincial government’s newWaste Free Ontario Act could result in private sector competition from outside of the region and eliminate all the good work the local blue box program has done. “For us, maintaining this value-added service is a priority,” said Caroline Arcand, Groupe Convex executive director, to the United Counties of Prescott-Russell council (UCPR) during its Nov. 22 meeting. The legislation, if approved, would amend the Blue Box Program Plan which Stewardship Ontario oversees. The change that worries Groupe Convexmost concerns the possibility that Stewardship Ontario could give away the contract for post-collec- tion service to an outside private contractor, which could undercut Recycle Action in a Request-for-Proposals bid. Post-collection service includes sorting, processing and separation of recyclables for storage and later sale to recycled material supply companies. Many of the jobs that Groupe Convex clients now enjoy are at the Recycle Action Inc.’s recycling centre in Hwkesbury. The Hawkesbury-based business has also launched a program for collecting and recycling the type of industrial-grade plastic used for wrapping hay bales on area farms. The farm plastic program is now in its third year and has diverted more than 100 tons of farm plastic, so far, from area landfills in Prescott-Russell. Arcand noted that Recycle Action re- presents both economic and social bene- fits to the Prescott-Russell area. It provides jobs for Groupe Action clients who need Veuillez prendre avis que le Conseil de la municipalité de Casselman propose une réunion à ce qui trait au budget de 2018 le 7 décembre 2017 à 18 h au Complexe J.R. Brisson, 758 rue Brébeuf, Casselman ON. L’approbation du budget final par le conseil est prévue le 12 décembre 2017. Une copie du budget est disponible pour consultation au bureau municipal durant les heures régulières ou sur le site Web de la municipalité AVIS

work experience to help improve their job skills, part-time and summer employment for local students, and it also provides many Groupe Action clients with an opportunity to get outside and become more involved as part of the community. Groupe Convex has sent a letter to Onta- rio Environment Minister Chris Ballard out- lining its concerns, and is campaigning for local and regional support for Recycle Action Inc. Arcand noted the non-profit agency is also working on a new business plan “to maintain our program” in anticipation of approval of the Waste Free Ontario Act. UCPR council gave unanimous approval to a resolution of support for Groupe Convex, which the agency can present to theminister during a future meeting. “It is of interest to all municipalities to get this blue box program situation straightened out,” said UCPR Warden Gary Barton. “We are supporting the local organization.” La directrice générale de Groupe Convex, Caroline Arcand, a demandé au conseil des Comtés unis de Prescott et Russell de soutenir les efforts en vue d’apporter des changements à la Loi sur l’Ontario sans déchets, qui protégera les programmes de boîtes bleues et de recyclage mis en place par des groupes sans but lucratif. —photo Gregg Chamberlain Take notice that Council of the Municipality of Casselman is proposing a meeting in regards to the 2018 budget on December 7 th , 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the J.R. Brisson Complex, 758 Brébeuf, Casselman ON. The final budget is expected to be approved by Council on December 12 th , 2017. A copy of the budget is available for consultation at the municipal office during regular office hours and on the municipal Website NOTICE H215585_PM


Selon les directives du Conseil By Order of Council Linda Desjardins-Bergeron, CPA, CGA Trésorière/Treasurer Municipalité de Casselman / Municipality of Casselman 751 rue St-Jean Street, C.P. / Box 710 Casselman, Ontario KOA 1MO Tél / Tel.: (613) 764-3139, poste/extension 517 Courriel / email:

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