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OHSWEKEN – Six Nations band council is coming to grips with a “crisis” of garbage and the need to establish a recycling program that will cover the entire territory.
Councillors got details during a presentation at a committee of the whole meeting Monday by A&W First Nation Recycling, which assumed control of the recycling centre last August.
They listened as company spokesman Mark Annett presented a proposal with three options that could cost as much as $2.2 million for an automated recycling system aimed at diverting all waste.
Annett told councillors that when A&W took over last year, the recycling rate at Six Nations stood at 2%. Two months later, the company started free roadside collection of household recyclable materials.
He said that the rate now stands at 18%, still far below most Ontario communities.
Annett took councillors through a raft of statistics showing that by the end of May they had collected 422,893 pounds, or 192,225 kilograms, of recyclables.
That includes: 73,072 pounds of cardboard, 60,593 pounds of mixed paper, 35,788 pounds of scrap steel, 4,951 pounds of aluminum and 4,820 pounds of mixed plastics.
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