Blue box materials may be shipped off continent

That can or Newspaper dropped into a blue box here could end up in Australia, or Europe.

County council gave ap­proval last month for blue box materials it collects to be sent outside of North America if there is a good price for them.

Council did state that Waste Management, which collects the materials for Wellington, must “deem to be socially acceptable non-North American markets” for the shipping. County solid waste services committee chairman Bob Wilson explained the difficulty of selling blue box materials in North America, and why the price might be better elsewhere.

“Blue box materials are worth diddly,” he said, while added that the blue box col­lection system is “a great edu­cational program for the public.”