Recently, municipal officials from Oxford County (a rural municipal county of 111,000 in southwestern Ontario) awarded Emterra Environmental a five-year contract for curbside garbage and recycling pickup. The contract also includes two one-year extension options. The value of the contract is $2.8 million a year, plus and addtional $703,000 for the processing and transfer of materials. Other vendors that bid on the curbside collection contract were Green for Life Environmental and HGC Management Inc.
The transfer of service providers from HGC Management Inc. to Emterra Environmental is scheduled for May 4th. Under the contract, the County will stay on its current five-day garbage pickup and recycling scheduled.
With the new contact approved, Emterra will move to purchase new fleet equipment and have a used fleet collect until September.
The change in companies also brings new collection routes to some Oxford communities. Also, plastic film products such as plastic bags, plastic wrap or film packaging, and Styrofoam products will not longer be accepted in recycling. Large Styrofoam drop-off will continue to be available at County recycling centres.