Niagara Falls recycling centre being sold to private ownership

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Published November 7, 2022 at 1:35 pm

A region-owned recycling facility could be privately-owned by the spring if the paperwork all checks out for the potential buyer.

Niagara Region has accepted a qualifying offer from Emterra Environmental to buy the Material Recycling Facility (Recycling Centre) in Niagara Falls.

Part of the deal will see Emterra enter into a short-term operations contract to process and market recycling materials collected through Niagara’s residential curbside collection program.

Niagara Region will continue to deliver curbside collection services that include recycling, waste and organic materials through their contracts with Miller Waste and GFL.

The sale was prompted by the province introducing new Blue Box regulations in June 2021 that makes producers of products and packaging fully responsible for the cost and operation of the Blue Box program in Ontario.

Starting July 1, 2023, Ontario municipalities will begin to transition out of the collection and processing of residential recycling programs, with the last municipalities transitioning out by Dec. 31, 2025.

Niagara Region is set to transition out on Jan. 1, 2024.

Emterra Environmental is currently in the 60-day due-diligence period, meaning the sale is still conditional until they’ve concluded that.

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