Avid waste reducers and recyclers in the Lower Mainland will want to read this recent article on the continuing incinerator saga!
Helen Spiegelman – well known recycling advocate and former Executive Director at Recycling Council of British Columbia also raises some concerns over Multi Material BC’s ‘Printed Paper and Packaging’ program slated to start in May 2014.
Will materials coming through this latest Printed Paper and Packaging stewardship program be used as fuel for the incinerator?
A must read for those following the trash trail!
Mike Chisholm – Feb 27th, 2014
As a company focused on recycling and waste diversion, we at Recycling Alternative are very encouraged to see municipal mayors standing up for source separation of recycling to ensure best practices highest recovery of these materials.
As Mayor Brodie points out, residents already understand separating and rightfully sorting recycling for their weekly collection: ‘homeowners take out the cardboard, newspaper, plastics, and we have had that program in place in Metro Vancouver for at least 20 years, and a reason for that, we believe that if you have source separation for your recycling and your organics, then the quality is the best if it’s separated at the source as opposed to being separated later.”
What many residents may not know, is that once materials are mixed together their value for recycling markets is considerably decreased and downgraded –in such cases, these fine recyclables end up in the landfill, as they are too contaminated for the recycling markets.
As Mayor Brodie rightly suggests, any collection system with a goal to true diversion and recovery, must have ‘separation at the source’.
The debate on whether to burn or bury (our waste, that is) has been raging in the Lower Mainland lately. On July 30, Metro Vancouver voted to take bids from companies offering alternative solutions for garbage, alongside bids from incineration companies (For those who aren’t familiar with the story, Frances Bula summed up the recent history of the debate in Monday’s Globe and Mail). Continue reading…