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Processor’s flip flops undermining program’s credibility says Waste Check

By Belle Hatfield
The Vanguard
NovaNewsNow
 
Businesses and institutions have been facing more confusion over how to manage their recyclables.  Earlier this fall Scotia Recycling Ltd.’s Yarmouth plant instituted new rules for how the commercial recyclables accepted there have to be sorted. 
The changes caught Waste Check, the regional body that manages education and compliance, unawares. They only found out about the changes after they began fielding calls from confused businesses.

 

Yarmouth County Solid Waste Management Authority chair Guy Surette

It took five weeks, and interventions from the Yarmouth County Solid Waste Management Authority, to have the new compliance orders reversed.

The issue was raised last week at a waste authority meeting.

“I’m concerned about this,” said authority chair Guy Surette. “All of sudden there are new rules, we have to make it easier for Scotia Recycling, and then the first thing it’s put back the way it was.”

Waste Check general manager Gus Green said the flip-flops were damaging relations between Waste Check and the commercial clients with which it is working to establish responsible waste diversion programs.

“It undermines everybody’s credibility,” he said.

The solid waste group wants another meeting with Scotia Recycling Ltd.’s president.

A committee representing the authority met with Dwight Whynot last winter after the Yarmouth plant stopped accepting recyclables from individual businesses and small commercial haulers.

That decision prompted the waste authority to set up a temporary site for recyclables at the waste park on the Hardscratch Road.

Company president Dwight Whynot said then that the issue was contaminated material in the blue bags. The situation was concluded to the waste authority’s satisfaction when the company pledged to accept recyclables at the facility from area business owners and small contractors as long as the bags were not contaminated.

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Organizations: Yarmouth County Solid Waste Authority, Scotia Recycling

Geographic location: Yarmouth, Hardscratch Road

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