Eastman Recycling Services has announced an end date for its contract with the Rural Municipality of Hanover.

In mid-January, enVision Community Living, which created Eastman Recycling Services, announced plans to shut down the recycling services over the next year. At the time, Executive Director Jeannette DeLong noted that in recent years they have seen the recycling industry move into a highly automated model while their business continues to operate with hands-on labour. She said keeping up with the industry, along with increasing operational and capital costs, and managing increased liabilities, is pulling them away from their original purpose of creating meaningful work for people who live with an intellectual disability.

osal to other providers in southern Manitoba, incuding Winnipeg, in order to see if there is any interest. He explains Hanover will be doing this in conjunction with the City of Steinbach. Toews says they will be separate contracts, but the hope is that there may be a contractor willing to offer a better deal by providing the service to both Hanover and Steinbach.

Toews says he believes recycling is getting more and more popular in his municipality, noting over the years recycling quantity has steadily been rising. In recent years, Hanover spent money to purchase recycling totes in order for Eastman Recycling to operate a less labour-intensive operation.