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Wellington Countys blue box program turns 25

WELLINGTON CTY. - The County of Wellington’s solid waste services division has reached a milestone in 2012 - celebrating 25 years of blue box recycling.

It began with municipalities in Centre Wellington dealing with closing their dump on Gerrie Road in Elora. They began looking at options to reduce waste.

One program they initiated in 1987 was blue box recycling. In less than two years, that program expanded to all member municipalities in Wellington County.

“In 1987, blue box programs were just getting started,” said Warden Chris White. “Wellington County municipalities were on the cutting edge of waste diversion. I’m pleased that this program continues to be provided to all households across the county and is well used.”

A gold box reward program is one initiative the county will be introducing to celebrate the anniversary. It will be awarded to 25 of the best recyclers in the county. Recipients can use the gold box to show their neighbours they are a superior recycler. The slogan for the 25th anniversary is: “Silver past, golden future, keeping Wellington green.”

More information on the gold box program will be available later this year.

January 20, 2012


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