Tori Sutton, Stratford Gazette
The push continues for more items to be added to the local recycling stream.
At Monday’s meeting under new business, Coun. Paul Nickel once again raised the issue of coffee cups not being accepted under the city’s contract with Bluewater Recycling Association (BRA).
He started by congratulating the public works department and committee chair Coun. Kerry McManus for their work in getting gabletop containers and Tetra Pak cartons back into the stream.
Previously, the BRA told council it could not accept such items as there were no markets. But it came forward with a solution in September.
However, Nickel expressed disappointment a solution for coffee cups has yet to be found.
“I feel we’re halfway back to the future on this,” he said, suggesting it would be wise to pursue the issue with the recycling processor.
Director of engineering and public works George Bowa assured Nickel his staff would be bringing up the issue again.
“We are picking up what Bluewater accepts and we will see where they are on that,” he said.
McManus said Bluewater’s move to accept gabletop containers was not “miraculous” as Nickel suggested, but rather came as a result of hard work.
“They’re thorough and I respect the process,” she said, adding a short-term solution for Nickel would be to purchase a reusable coffee cup.