Paper and plastics recycling netted the city $10M in 2016

By Jennifer McIntosh, Ottawa Community News, April 28, 2017

The city garnered $10 million from the sale of blue and black box materials in 2016, but Ottawa still needs a $5-million grant from the Ontario government's provincial stewardship program to help pay for the cost of curbside collection.

“The revenues from the sale of blue and black box materials help offset blue and black box to collect and process the materials,” according to a somewhat unclear emailed response attributed to Cameron Neale, program co-ordinator of the recycling and material diversion.

The city sent 29,000 tonnes of fine paper and corrugated cardboard to recycling in 2016, generating $6.1 million in revenue. The tonnage has been steadily decreasing since 2010, Neale said, possibly because consumption is down.

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