Fredericton Region Solid Waste (FRSW) has announced that it is suspending all of its residential blue and grey box recycling operations due to the global Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, effective Monday, April 6. FRSW has stated that they are unable to continue sorting operations at their Materials Recovery Facility in a way that can ensure the safety of their staff.
What does this mean for New Maryland?
Until further notice, recycling will now be treated as regular household waste and will be processed at the landfill as such. Residents are asked to keep recycling as usual, and to continue to set their blue and grey boxes of recycled materials to the curb for collection on the same day as regular garbage collection, AND to box or bag recycling SEPARATELY from regular household waste.
Why does recycling need to be separated if it will be processed as garbage at the landfill?
FERO will continue to collect recycling separately from garbage which means the Village will not be charged a processing fee (tipping fee) on the recycling, even though it will be disposed of as solid waste at the landfill.
What happens if I don’t separate recycling from garbage?
If residents put their recycling in with their garbage, the Village will be charged a processing fee (tipping fee) which could impact our budget and tax rate.
Residents are asked to continue to have recyclables and garbage to the curb by 7:00 am on your regular garbage collection day.
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UPDATE: Regional Service Commission (RSC) 11, which operates the landfill and recycling facility, has advised us that they would prefer that residents DO NOT hold their recycling as this will create an overload on their capacity when operations resume. If you have questions or concerns about this, please contact RSC 11 at 453-2956. We appreciate that this practice does not support the Village’s Green Plan or our desire to protect the environment, however the COVID-19 impacts are severe in many aspects and must be accommodated. We look forward to resuming regular recycling practices as soon as possible.