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New Solid Waste & Recycling Facility Opens Sept. 1

Event date: Monday, August 31, 2009, from 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM

August 31, 2009 – The new City of Thunder Bay Solid Waste & Recycling Facility on Mapleward Road opens to the public Tuesday, Sept. 1. The new facility reflects our community’s commitment to sustainable and progressive management of waste and recycling. Enhancements include improved traffic flow and directional signage, a new administration centre, weigh scale kiosk and expanded recycling and household hazardous waste areas.

The entrance to the facility is located at 5405 Mapleward Road between Oliver Road and John Street Road. The entrance to the old John Street Landfill site will close permanently at 6:30 pm today, Monday, Aug. 31.

“This overhaul will change the way we recycle and dispose of our garbage,” said Pat Mauro, Manager – Engineering. “This site is far more efficient and people will not have to interact with the face of the landfill. This is a nice, friendly environment; not garbage piles full of seagulls. As a city, we will be able to recycle so much more.”

Upon entering the site traffic will be split into two streams – private and registered commercial vehicles. Private vehicles first travel through the Household Recycling and Household Hazardous Waste Depots before arriving at the kiosk to be weighed at the scale. The next stop is the Public Waste Disposal Area which consists of huge, at-grade bins that separate metals, bulky items, soil/clean fill, clean wood and garbage. Residential vehicles including cars, vans and half ton trucks will move from bin to bin, depositing their waste into the appropriate area. This is why loads must be sorted before leaving home. Private vehicles will no longer have to travel up to the Landfill face and will now only pay upon exit.

Registered commercial vehicles, including City waste packers, will proceed directly to automated scales upon entering the site. This new traffic flow will improve efficiency, reduce wait times for all users, and encourage recycling and proper waste management. 

Watch for directional signage upon entering the site.

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Contact: Pat Mauro, Manager – Engineering, 625-3022