Circular Materials to Manage Recycling Program

Circular Materials to Manage Recycling Program

There will be a shift in the way residential recycling is handled in New Brunswick.
The blue and grey box program, established in the Capital Region in 2001, will see limited change under new program management in the near-term.
Fredericton Region Solid Waste will officially transfer management of its residential blue and grey box recycling program on May 1 as part of a province-wide initiative to shift the responsibility of collecting and processing recyclables onto producers.
The programs will now be managed by Circular Materials.
Circular Materials is a not-for-profit organization started by grocers, food manufacturers and others.
Levels of service shouldn’t be impacted during the transition period. Collection days and items placed in the blue and grey boxes won’t change.
Residential garbage collection will not be impacted.
The Province of New Brunswick wants producers to be fully responsible for end-of-life management of blue and grey box items.
In the Capital Region Service Commission area, blue box items are plastics numbered 1 through 7, steel and aluminum cans and milk cartons. Grey box is for paper and cardboard.
What was then known as Fredericton Region Solid Waste Commission was the first organization in the province to introduce curbside recycling almost a quarter of a century ago.
‘Our Solid Waste Division has a long history with curbside recycling and we’re incredibly proud of the work our residents have done over the years to help make the residential blue and grey box program so successful,’ said CRSC executive director, Brett McCrea. ‘We are in the midst of a major shift toward extended producer responsibility recycling. We anticipate limited change from the perspective of residents. Recycling of diverted products will remain the primary focus.’
FRSW operates its own Materials Recovery Facility on its landfill site, located at 1775 Alison Blvd.
That facility further sorts the residential blue and grey box recycling contents into marketable commodities, baling the items by product and shipping world-wide.
The 2023, the Solid Waste Division recycled 4,439.92 tonnes through its sorting, baling and shipping processes.
FRSW has operated six lines of business leading into the change including landfill, household hazardous waste on-site depot, construction and demolition, electronic waste and its state-of-the-art landfill gas to energy program.
The gas to energy program converts methane gas produced by organic breakdown in the landfill into electricity. Through its contract with NB Power, FRSW is New Brunswick’s largest embedded non-wind energy project, producing enough green energy to heat and light some 2,300 homes.
It also created 10,720,188-million Kilowatts in 2023 while eliminating 60,000 carbon equivalent tonnes of greenhouse gases.
For further information on recycling in your region, please visit the following:
Your specific URL that residents can access recycling information are:
• circularmaterials.ca/capitalrsc
• circularmaterials.ca/capitalcsr
• circularmaterials.ca/harvey
• circularmaterials.ca/frederictonjunction
• circularmaterials.ca/tracy
• circularmaterials.ca/hanwell
• circularmaterials.ca/sunbury-york-south
• circularmaterials.ca/newmaryland
• circularmaterials.ca/oromocto
• circularmaterials.ca/arcadia
• circularmaterials.ca/grandlake
• circularmaterials.ca/nashwaak
• circularmaterials.ca/fredericton
• circularmaterials.ca/centralyork
• circularmaterials.ca/nackawic-millville
• circularmaterials.ca/capitalregionrural
• circularmaterials.ca/regioncapitalrural

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