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Edmundston temporarily suspends recycling as contractor ends service

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — As of Monday, June 17, the City of Edmundston is without a company to take care of residential recycling. The Atelier Les Copains of Saint-François-de-Madawaska, which has been under contract with the City of Edmundston since the implementation of the municipal recycling program in 2013, has just announced that it no longer has the capacity to process Edmundston’s recyclable materials.

Since receiving this notice, city staff have been relentless in their efforts to find another sorting and recovery centre that would accept Edmundston’s recyclable residual materials in a transitional manner as all of the region’s recycling will be recovered by the North West Regional Service Commission. In fact, the NWRSC should complete the construction of its new facilities by the fall.

“We wanted to be able to count on the excellent services of the Atelier Les Copains until that time, but that will not be the case. We are very disappointed,” said Edmundston Mayor Cyrille Simard.

Despite this temporary challenge, residents are urged to continue their good recycling habits, since the content of the blue bins will still be picked up by Gallant Entreprises according to the pick-up schedule established by the City of Edmundston. It is all the more important to continue to recycle since transitional measures remain possible.

“Until we can find a recovery centre, recycling will have to be sent to the landfill site of the North West Regional Service Commission (formerly COGERNO). This is a temporary and exceptional measure due to an unfortunate situation that is completely beyond our control. But we are continuing our research to find a temporary centre, hence the importance of continuing to use our blue bins for recycling,” concluded Simard.

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