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Changes in recycling start soon

Campbell Riverites are going to be able to recycle more and pay less for it starting May 19.

Milk cartons, aerosol cans, spiral wound containers for frozen juice, cookies and other items, hot and cold drink cups and plastic plant pots are among the new items that will be collected with curbside recycling. For 2014 locals will be paying $14 less for their recycling.

City sustainability manager Amber Zirnhelt explains what changes are happening across the province.

“Other than the cost savings, the big change for residents is that they can recycle more items in their blue box startingMay 19,” says Amber Zirnhelt, the City’s sustainability manager. “Blue box collection schedules will not change in Campbell River, and Emterra Environmental will continue to collect recycling.”

Even more recyclable items will be accepted at certain depots. As of May 19, the Campbell River Waste Management Centre on Argonaut Road will accept materials including styrofoam, glass, plastic bags/film wrap. The depots at Strathcona Gardens and Willow Point Park will not take any new items, but will continue to be drop-off locations for cardboard, hard plastics, and metals. The privately-run depot at 1580 Willow Street (Island Return-It Centre) will offer expanded recycling including accepting all glass products, soft plastics such as bags and plastic wraps, cardboard, paper and styrofoam.

There has been opposition to the changes from one NDP MLA who questions the effect on small business. Another group of companies and provincial groups have got together to urge the government to change their plan, they are called Re-Think It BC.

Click here for a link to the MMBC website.

Click here for a link to the Re-Think It BC website.

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