Northumberland County - Striving to reach goals - New equipment for the Material Recovery Facility means less waste

Cobourg, ON—April 21, 2015 –  Northumberland County is one step closer to its long-term goal of diverting 75 percent of waste from the local landfill. New sorting equipment installed at the Material Recovery Facility (MRF) will maximize the pro­cessing of County recyclables.  Today County Warden Marc Coombs joined Transportation and Waste Director Mo Pannu at the County Material Recovery Facility in Grafton to view the newly acquired automated equipment in action.

“The equipment upgrade is about delivering on the commitments made in the Long-Term Waste Management Plan, and ensures we reach our overall goals,” states Pannu.  “We will be one step closer to achieving the long-term goal of 75 percent waste diversion as set out in the Plan.”  With the addition of this new sort­ing equipment, the facility is able to capture and divert 15 percent more polyeth­ylene terephthalate (PET) plastic materials, such as water bottles, pop bottles, and fruit containers from the landfill.

The announcement of this new technology at the Grafton recycling plant coin­cides with Northumberland’s 7th Annual Mayors’ Keep the County Clean Chal­lenge.  From April 19th to 25th all residents are encouraged to join in the week of activities, which includes both organized and independent opportunities for peo­ple to help clean up their neighbourhoods.

“Since the Challenge began in 2009, the Keep the County Clean campaign has gained a great deal of momentum and the community has really rallied together for this springtime ritual,” stated Warden Coombs. Our hope is that the County can exceed 2014’s challenge results that saw 1,911 volunteers and more than 14,010 kilograms of litter cleaned up throughout the County.

The public is also invited to view the new plastics sorter at the community-wide appreciation barbecue and Open House at the Material Recovery Facility in Graf­ton on Saturday, April 25, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  This event is a great way to close out the week of community pride. The public can expect guided tours of the facility, large vehicles for children to explore, door prizes and other activities. Registration for this event is not required.

For more information about the Mayors’ ‘Keep the County Clean’ Challenge, in­cluding the barbecue and Open House at the Material Recovery Facility, visit the County website at

For more information about the Northumberland County Long Term Waste Man­agement Master Plan visit the County website at wm_master_plan.asp.

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