County And City's Respect The Collect Program Getting Great Response

The County and City of Peterborough is encouraging residents to “Respect the Collect” by acknowledging the great work of recycling and waste collectors in your community.

“Collecting waste and recycling can be a very challenging job,” says Tara Stephen, Manager of Waste Management for the County of Peterborough. "It is easy to forget how many obstacles and hazards these workers face over the course of a day.”

Each day, recycling and waste collectors in the County of Peterborough will travel 200 km of road and manually lift thousands of kilograms of material. Working outside 8 to 12 hours per day, collectors are regularly exposed to extreme temperatures, rain, snow and wind—all the while working on high traffic, high speed roads.

Since the start of the Respect the Collect Campaign on July 4th, the City and the County say they have received numerous kind emails and phone calls about their waste and recycling collectors.

Residents can email kind notes to or call 705.742.7777, ext 1616 to express thanks. All thank-you’s received will be forwarded to the collectors.

You can help your collector further by doing the following:
• sort recyclables into Containers and Papers
• keep waste containers under the limit for your Township
• pass collection trucks with extreme care
• take hazardous items (i.e. propane tanks) to the Household Hazardous Waste Depot
• wrap sharp objects before placing in the garbage

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