By Belle Hatfield
Blue bags from businesses and small commercial haulers are once again being accepted at Scotia Recycling Ltd.’s processing centre on Forest Street.
Guy Surette, chair of the Yarmouth County Solid Waste Management Authority, told the Vanguard that the impasse was resolved at a meeting with company officials on Thursday.
“As of today, Scotia Recycling will be accepting all blue bags again from small independent commercial businesses, as long as blue bags are properly sorted,” he said Friday.
Two weeks ago the processing facility decided to deny service to all but the large commercial haulers, forcing 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 company has a contract with the county’s waste authority to handle recyclables.
Surette said, “We feel at this point we have resolved all outstanding issues.”
The company has pledged to accept recyclables at the facility from area business owners and small contractors.
Residents who have missed the regular street-side collection will no longer be able to bring their blue bags out to the facility.
Surette said there are safety concerns.
“Forklifts and heavy equipment make it too dangerous to have residents in this restricted area,” said Surette.
The authority’s chair is satisfied that the main areas of conflict have been resolved.
“They will only reject bags that are not in compliance,” he said.