The Town of North Glengarry, Ont., is needing to send out a few of its recyclable products to the landfill as Chinese restrictions on foreign waste have actually closed a market for resale and slowed the processing of recyclables.Nearly half the world
‘s recyclables were being to sent out ot China, when China decided to crack down on imports of four classes of recycled products, including plastics and unsorted paper.Although the ban didn’t take complete effect up until Dec. 31, 2017, many Chinese business stopped accepting foreign recycling materials months previously, leaving some Canadian cities with stockpiles of flattened cardboard and crushed plastic without anywhere to send it.Ryan Morton, North Glengarry director of public works, stated the modification in Chinese rules combined with provincial regulations about just how much can be saved at the center(about 650 tonnes)have forced them to move material to the landfill.”We do not take pride in sending this stuff to the land fill, but also, at the same time, we do not wish to exceed our ecological compliance approval and be faced with fines and charges and everything else,”Morton said.Morton said the municipality is working to improve performance at the facility and is talking to Ontario’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change to see if other storage solutions might be possible.Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Environment Modification said it’s keeping an eye on the effect of the Chinese ban on scrap product on towns and is encouraging manufacturers to increase the recyclable content in their items.
(Dan Taekema/CBC)A representative for the ministry said it is keeping track of the effect of the Chinese ban on scrap product and is dealing with municipalities to gauge the impact. The town’s recycling center is performing at half speed due to new cleansing requirements for
recycled product and lower grade newsprint is being delivered to the garbage dump, Morton said.The costs, inevitable incomes and effect on the life-span of the town
‘s garbage dump are all still being determined, inning accordance with Morton.”We could’ve effectively consumed one year or more years of that life expectancy from this concern resulting this year. “Ottawa does not offer to China The City of Ottawa has been somewhat fortunate. A personnel report states the blue and black bin programs didn’t sell any of the banned materials to China before the rules came into effect.The report, which was tabled in the city’s environment and climate committee March 26, stated the city might see
rates for newsprint being driven down in the short term,”which may affect the city’s profits.”
It stated February 2018 market data showed an 80 percent drop in newsprint-only income compared to the previous year.The report said most of Ottawa’s recycable material are offered to domestic or North American markets and is pursuing a strategy to ensure the highest rate for the city.