Glass recycled in North Grenville doesn’t always end up where it’s supposed to. The matter was discussed during the council meeting last night. The municipality received correspondence from Stewardship Ontario about industry funding for municipal blue box recycling, which prompted the discussion. 

Karen Dunlop, Director of Public Works, explained the municipality receives around $85,000 annually for recycled commodities, including paper and plastic. She noted there is no market for glass products and the municipality loses revenue by collecting it. 

Dunlop explained not 100% of the glass collected at curbside ends up being recycled. 

Councillor Kristin Strackerjan questioned whether collecting glass is useful if the municipality is losing money and the glass ends up in the trash anyways. She noted it’s a shame because glass is highly recoverable recyclable. 

The municipality will be seeking a new waste collection contract in March.