Saugeen Shores to try plastics diversion program

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A new pilot project aimed at keeping certain plastics out of the landfill will be coming to Saugeen Shores.

Council has given preliminary approval for a one-year trial of a film plastic diversion program, which will see yellow collection bins set up alongside cardboard collection areas in the municipality.

Director of Infrastructure and Development Amanda Froese said they will accept clean plastics not currently collected as part of the curbside recycling program.

“Grocery bags, the stuff that comes wrapped around paper towel and toilet paper, those little produce bags from the grocery store, bread bags, milk bags, those sorts of things,” said Froese. “You take it to these yellow dumpsters, which we’re going to have located near our cardboard collection.”

Froese said it will cost the municipality about $150 for each bin emptied by the contractor, Grey-Bruce Trash Taxi.

The program is expected to start later this summer and will be re-evaluated after one year to determine if plastic collection will continue on a permanent basis.