Regional waste recycling deal extended to 2019

Recycle Action is a division of Groupe Convex, an umbrella organization that provides jobs for people who face em- ployment challenges. At a recent committee meeting, Con- vex executive director Caroline Arcand related that Recycle Action has only been in operation for a couple of years. In 2012, an operating deficit of $158,667 had been recorded; that deficit was reduced to $57,967 in 20l3. Arcand noted that large investments had to be made at the outset, thus, the deficit was considerably higher in the first year of operation. However, the organization was projecting a surplus for the 2014 fiscal year. Recycle Action continues its search for a document-shredder vehicle. The group already has a number of clients interested in this service and expects to obtain such a vehicle in the very near future. New truck The regional recycling committee is looking at the purchase of a new col- lection truck, which could cost about $270,000. The 2013 budget included a $50,000 contribution to the regional recycling committee’s equipment reserve, which stood at $375,000 at the end of the year. Both of the current trucks, 2008 and 2009 models, broke down during the Christmas holidays, forcing the rental of a garbage truck to respect the collection schedule.

vice ought to have a surplus of $15,000 to $18,000 when numbers for 2013 are crunched. He estimated that the expenditure for processing recyclable material will be ap- proximately $3,000 less than the budgeted amount of $95,000. The cost for the household hazardous waste days last year was $80,879, com- pared to the allocation of $85,000.

2012. The drop in WEEE numbers could be at- tributed to the proliferation of collection days organized by schools and community organizations as fundraising activities. Re- cycle Action is investigating possible mutu- ally beneficial partnerships with commu- nity groups. A financial update provided by Lefeb- vre showed that the waste recycling ser-


HAWKESBURY | Waste recycling fees will rise by 3.4 per cent in the fall but they will stay unchanged for the next five years. Under a newdeal with Recycle-Action Inc., the rate charged to Champlain, Hawkes- bury and East Hawkesbury will increase from $58 to $60 per tonne November 1. But the contract also stipulates that the charge will remain the same until October 31, 2019. Recycle Action, which processes recycla- blematerials at its Spence Avenue, Hawkes- bury facility, agrees to donate $ 1 for each metric tonne recovered to a dedicated fund to support environmental activities orga- nized by youth in the region. The volume of material collected through the blue box program has been on the rise, according to figures presented by recycling coordinator Robert Lefebvre at a recent meeting of the joint committee. From January to September, 2013, the total was 1,163.75 tonnes, or 7.17 per cent more than the 1,085.93 tonnes collected during the first nine months of 2012. How- ever, the volume of waste electrical and electronic equipment diverted by Recycle Action for the period from January to Sep- tember, 2013 was 134.16 tonnes, compared to 156.52 tonnes for the same period in

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The Recycle-Action sorting centre in Hawkesbury will handle recyclable materials for area municipalities for at least the next five years.



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