The Northwest Ontario Recycle Association will be sending out letters to municipalities in the Kenora and Rainy River districts this week in an effort to gauge support for switching recycling responsibilities to another company.
The decision came Friday during a NORA board meeting in Dryden, where the board learned no companies had responded to its request for proposals by the Feb. 26 deadline.
“We were disappointed by the response. There was only one company, Canadian Waste Services Inc., and that really wasn’t a proposal,” NORA chair Dennis Brown, who also is the mayor of Atikokan, said Monday morning.
“They said they were willing to work with us and deliver the best recycling service possible,” Brown noted.
“We’d talked with them before, but they said they didn’t want to waste their time determining possible costs and such if it was unclear how many municipalities they would have to provide service to.
“So now, we’re going to go back to the municipalities and find out how many are on board,” Brown added.
Area municipalities that have served notice of their intent to drop out of NORA this summer include Rainy River, Morley, La Vallee, Sioux Narrows-Nestor Falls, Red Lake, Sioux Lookout, Ear Falls, Kenora, Atikokan, and most recently, Chapple.
“We know the larger communities, like Fort Frances, Dryden, Sioux Lookout, and Kenora, by law, have to have a recycling program in place,” said Brown. “I would assume they would be interested.
“After we find out who’s with us, and who isn’t, we’ll develop a plan,” he added, noting NORA is requesting all municipalities contacted respond by the end of the month.
Municipalities’ current agreements with NORA expire at the end of June.