The Kapuskasing-Moonbeam Landfill board is helping the James Bay community of Fort Albany solve a recycling problem. Town of Kap Public Works Manager Eric Cote says a one-year pilot project was created with help of North Star Air to bring recyclables including plastic bottles back to Kap.
“So they have been recycling up there, they’ve been stockpiling mainly plastic bottles, plastic water bottles and had nowhere to send it after that,” he said. “So knowing full well that the town of Kapuskasing and the town of Moonbeam had a recycling program they reached out to us to see if they can participate and resolve the issue they have on their side.”
Cote explains how the project works.
“From there when the plastic bottles are coming to the Kapuskasing airport,” he said. “North Star Air is going to pick up the bags of plastic bottles which will then be sent to our recycling dome at the Kap-Moonbeam landfill site and processed from there.”
Fort Albany is paying for all costs associated with the shipping of the recyclable products. The first shipment is due in Kapuskasing later this week. Cote adds if the project is successful; the town may look at extending it to more communities along the coast.