Cramahe Township Community Services Director, Dan O'Brien, has established a three-stream waste diversion program that he thinks will save the township scads of money.
The program involves the new waste receptacles you see around the township. Mr. O'Brien knows the owner of the company which supplies the receptacles and got them at no cost to the township . Normally they cost $2,000 each ($50,000 in total for the 25 units received). The maintenance is provided by the supplier, Ecomedia. At $300 per unit per year that amounts to another saving of $37,500.
Companies can purchase ads on the bins. The Community Services Director was given 10 free ads for receptacles in Toronto and 10 in Markham where Ecomedia operates. He sees this as a great opportunity to advertise the community and its events in the city at no cost. Normally the ads on 20 of these boxes in the city would cost $27,000 a year.
If any ads are sold on the units found in the township, the township gets 5% of the revenue.
The township also has access to three mobile units.
Won't it cost money for the township to pick up the recycling? Not in the village of Colborne where the County of Northumberland has agreed to do the job.
The addition of recycling outlets at the Keeler Centre will save the township further money in tipping fees.