The American recycler with whom Recuper Estrie and the MRC du Granit usually does business no longer accepts materials since the arrival of COVID-19, which creates a significant delay in the recovery of the films covering the hay bales.
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Jasmine Rondeau Local journalism initiative – La Tribune Bales of agricultural plastics are piling up at Recup Estrie, just like at Sanitaire Lac-Mégantic. Since the upheavals caused by COVID-19, the American recycler with whom the region usually does business is no longer able to recover the plastic wrap that farmers use to wrap their hay bales.
“We have an accumulation problem. We hope that this can be resolved in the coming weeks, ”explains the president of Recup Estrie and municipal councilor of the Pin-Solitaire district of Sherbrooke, Pierre Avard. Recover Estrie usually stores agricultural plastics collected by the MRCs who are members of its board of directors, and then sends them across the border through Sanitaire Lac-Mégantic. The recycler in question then recycles these films into fuel, which are made of number 4 plastic, one of the most difficult to recycle.
On the side of Sanitaire Lac-Mégantic (SLM), which also manages agricultural plastics deposits for the MRC du Granit, it is indicated that the recycler has stopped accepting new materials due to COVID-19, and would have benefited from this break to maintain its various equipment. No date of resumption of activities is known yet, which also leaves SLM in the grip of a plastic plug.
If Mr. Avard is not able to estimate the quantities of bales stored at Recuper Estrie at the moment, Sanitaire Lac-Mégantic estimates for its part to send between 60 and 80 tons of these plastics per month to the United States. , normally.
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