Blue Bag Recycling Temporarily Suspended

Date: March 31st, 2020 | Categories: Public Notices | By: | Comments: 0


MARCH 23, 2020

In response to the growing concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), The Town of Vermilion and Quik Pick Waste Disposal will be pausing the blue bag recycling service until further notice. This does not apply to the commercial cardboard collection service.

As you may be aware, curbside blue bag material is sorted by hand at the Quik Pick facility in Lloydminster. A recently published study, found the coronavirus can survive up to 72 hours on plastic surfaces and up to 24 hours on cardboard surfaces. In addition, employees are finding used tissues, hygiene products, and medical waste in the blue bags.

To avoid risk to our employees and reduce community spread of the virus, only automated waste collection will take place in our community. No bags will be collected by hand. Some may choose to store their recyclables until it safe to collect recyclables again; others may choose to place their recyclables in with their household waste. Either is choice is okay. Please withhold placing any waste or recycle bags on the curb and ensure your bagged waste fits within your black bin.

Excess household waste can be taken directly to the transfer station or placed in the black waste dumpster that will be located on the north side of the Fire Hall. The extra black dumpster is a temporary service for those that cannot drive to the transfer station, please be mindful of your community.

Thank you for your cooperation.