Compostable (plastic-like) bags have been permitted in our green cart program for quite a few years. However, they have a negative effect on the processing of organic material.
The compostable bags get stuck in the grinding equipment at the Lunenburg Regional Community Recycling Centre (LRCRC), where our organics are processed. Additionally, when the bags make their way into the curing (aging/maturing) stage, they do not breakdown, even a year after sitting in the compost pile. As a result, the LRCRC has asked the Municipality of Chester to support the use of paper-based (bags, boxboard liners, newspaper) products in our green cart program, or, alternatively, do not use any liners at all. Paper products are easily shredded in the grinding equipment and break down easily.
We fully support the LRCRC's request and we are urging residents and businesses to switch to paper voluntarily, effective immediately.
Through past experiences, our waste collector can no longer collect aerosol cans at the curb. Empty aerosols are still recyclable, but because of the hazard, can not go in the recyclable materials bag. Instead, bring them with your other hazardous mateial to the Household Hazardous Waste site at Kaizer Meadow or you can drop them off at Adams Bottle Exchange in Gold River.