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Hanover lays plans for new recycling bins

By: Dave Baxter

Posted: 08/10/2017 2:30 PM

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The RM of Hanover is working to set up a new recycling system, as council hopes to get residents throwing more items into their recycling bins, and fewer into their trash bins.

At a council meeting on Wednesday morning, it was recommended that Hanover council approve a commitment of up to $250,000 from their general garbage and recycling reserve fund, to acquire 3,100 64-gallon automated recycling bins by November 2017.

CAO Luc Lahaie said the RM switched to automated 96-gallon garbage bins about two years ago, and now wants to get automated 64-gallon recycling bins on community curbs by April 2018.

Residents currently use small blue boxes or large clear bags for recycling, Lahaie added, but council believes larger bins could lead to more recycling in the municipality.

"It’s to encourage better recycling because right now I’m sure residents throw out a lot of garbage, because if you run out of room in the recycling many people often throw it into the garbage," Lahaie explained.

Along with council members, Lahaie said he believes the 64-gallon totes will be a "perfect size" for the recycling needs of Hanover residents.

Lahaie also said the bins could make the work of collecting recycling "less labour intensive," which could in turn lead to savings in future recycling contracts between service providers and the municipality.

The RM of Hanover currently uses Eastman Recycling Services for their recycling pickup.

After purchasing the bins, the municipality hopes to start distributing them in local urban districts first, then branch out to rural residential areas, as crews work towards supplying the bins to the entire municipality.

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