By Belle Hatfield
Members of the Yarmouth County Solid Waste Management Authority will meet with principals from the company contracted to provide recyclable processing services for Yarmouth County on Thursday, Feb. 14.
At issue is a decision by Scotia Recycling Ltd., to stop accepting recyclables from anyone except the major garbage haulers. That has left commercial businesses that manage their own recyclables and small companies that handle recyclables for a few business clients, looking for options.
As an interim measure, a recycling depot has been set up at the solid waste park, which the authority operates on the Hardscratch Road. Authority chair Guy Surette told the Vanguard a more permanent solution to the problem is needed.
The decision to bring Scotia Recycling to the table was reached at the conclusion of a meeting of the authority last Wednesday, Feb. 6.
At that meeting, authority member Leland Anthony, who also chairs the Waste Check board, suggested Scotia Recycling is acting in bad faith.
“Scotia Recycling is playing us. They are not making money and they are going to dump this back on us,” he said, adding that he is very concerned that the effect of the decision will be to prompt businesses that are turned away to illegally dispose of their material.
“I run a commercial business. You run a business,” he said, gesturing to Surette. “There’s a lot of back roads and I will dump,” he warned of what might happen if businesses do not have access to the recyclables facility.
Last week Scotia Recycling's president Dwight Whynot told The Vanguard the issue was quality and that the facility would accept clean, sorted recyclables from anyone.
Prior to the authority entering into an agreement with Scotia Recycling in 2011, the company had provided recyclables processing services for Yarmouth and Digby counties for five years through a contract with Waste Check. Waste Check’s manager, Gus Green gave authority members his perspective.
“We had a long and not particularly harmonious relationship with Scotia … The heart of the conflict was … whenever markets were bad and there wasn’t much money in recyclables, there were always concerns about the very poor quality of our recyclables. When times were good we didn’t hear anything from them,” he said. @bellehatfield