September 18, 2019 - For Immediate Release – The Municipality currently contracts out recycling to a third-party business who provides the collection bins and organizes the recycling of plastics, cardboards, metals, glass and newsprint.
Our recycling contractor advised the Municipality in a letter and in person at the August 21, 2019 Council Meeting that he was running out of storage space at the facility in Frank. One of Canada’s largest buyers of recycled material, China has stopped taking certain types of recyclables, which has caused widespread stockpiling of recycled products in many jurisdictions across North America. On August 21, 2019, Council passed a motion to allow our Contractor to use some Municipal land to store the recyclables in the hope the market will rebound. Since then, Council has actively been lobbying higher levels of government regarding our recycling crisis in the Crowsnest Pass.
Unfortunately, due to the poor market for recyclables, our contractor has served the Municipality notice that he will cease providing the recycling service to the Municipality effective October 6, 2019. The Municipality will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) and start the process of locating another contractor, however based on the widespread issues facing other communities it is not known when and if one can be located.
As such there will be a disruption in recycling service for an unknown length of time for cardboard, newsprint, plastic, metal and glass. The bottle depot will continue to operate as normal. During this disruption, the recycling fee on the Municipal Utility Bill will not be levied starting in October. The Crowsnest Pass/Pincher Creek Landfill will continue to accept recycled items.
Municipal Council will continue to look at possible solutions so we can bring this program back to our residents. We would like to thank Pass Beverages for their years of service providing recycling to the Crowsnest Pass.