Peterborough residents may experience recycling collection delays until November 25

Delays caused by difficulties with recycling trucks purchased by new service provider Emterra Environmental

The City of Peterborough advises residents may experience delays in recycling collection until November 25, 2019. The city's new recycling collection and processing service provider Emterra Environmental has been having difficulties with the new recycling trucks it purchased for the city's collection service. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)
The City of Peterborough advises residents may experience delays in recycling collection until November 25, 2019. The city's new recycling collection and processing service provider Emterra Environmental has been having difficulties with the new recycling trucks it purchased for the city's collection service. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW.com)

If you live in Peterborough and your recycling isn’t picked up on your regular collection day, it may not be because you sorted it improperly.

The City of Peterborough is advising residents they may experience delays in recycling collection until November 25th, due to challenges faced by the city’s new recycling collection and processing service provider.

Emterra Environmental became the city’s new service provider on November 1st. At that time, the city advised it would be enforcing a policy of proper sorting of recyclables, and that improperly sorted recyclables would not be collected.

However, since then, recycling collection on some streets and neighbourhoods has been missed entirely.

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Initially, delays were caused by the enforcement of the city’s policy for proper sorting of recyclables, which adds extra time during the collection process (including Emterra leaving a tag advising of improper sorting).

This process resulted in cumulative delays, as missed recyclables had to be collected on the following day, resulting in further delays for collection on that day, and so on.

According to a media release from the city, delays have been exacerbated because Emterra has been experiencing difficulties with the new recycling trucks it purchased for the city’s collection service.

Emterra is bringing in additional vehicles and staff while it deals with the delays.

The city is asking residents to be patient until the issues are resolved. If your recycling isn’t picked up by 7 p.m. on your regular collection day due to delays, leave your bins at the curb overnight or put your bins back out the next morning by 7 a.m. For recycling collection on a Friday, the next day of service is Saturday.

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