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Recycling Depot Now Open at Thurlow Waste Disposal Site


Missed your collection day or decided it was too windy to leave your Blue Box curbside? Moving into a new home or taking on a renovation and find yourself drowning in cardboard and plastic film? Cleaning out your basement and finally letting go of that Commodore 64? The City has opened a Residential Recycling Depot at the Thurlow Waste Disposal Site (1320 Mudcat Rd., Plainfield) to make it even easier for Thurlow residents to rid themselves of unwanted items responsibly. Constructed over the spring and summer, the depot is located close to the landfill and has designated areas for residents to drop off scrap metal, Blue Box recyclables and waste electronics and small electrical items.

The recycling depot is open Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8am to 1pm – the same operating hours as the landfill. Garbage will continue to be accepted at the landfill subject to tipping fees but residents will be encouraged to stop by the depot first to make recycling a priority.

“This project has been in the works for many years and the major reason for it was to extend the life of the landfill,” says Pat McNulty, Capital & Fleet Asset Manager for the City of Belleville.  “We observed the landfilling of recyclables and knew on-site recycling facilities were needed to curb that activity. The more material we can keep out of the Thurlow landfill, the longer it can provide a useful and cost-effective service to this community. We were also encouraged by the popularity of depots in neighbouring communities. Even with curbside collection, residents appreciate the convenience of dropping off a broad range of materials all in one place.”

“Our residents want to do the right thing and we want to make it easy and affordable for them to do just that,” says Mayor Christopher. “Thurlow residents will continue to enjoy the convenience of curbside Blue Box collection, that program isn’t going anywhere. What the depot provides is a one-stop drop-off for household recyclables for the quickly growing population in Thurlow Ward.”

Residents will be able to drop off the following materials, free of charge, at the Recycling Depot:
• Scrap metal such as bicycle frames, metal siding, metal furniture, etc.
• Recyclables accepted in the curbside Blue Box program
• Electronic waste such as televisions, computers and cell phones
• Small electrical items such as handheld power tools, microwaves and toasters

Large appliances and appliances containing Freon will continue to be managed for a fee. To help make drop-off easier and faster, residents are encouraged to sort their materials before travelling to the depot. A complete list of materials accepted at the recycling depot is available on the City of Belleville website.

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For more information:
Becky MacWhirter
Green Programs Coordinator/Public Education Officer
City of Belleville
bmacwhirter@city.belleville.on.ca

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