Courtesy of the Cariboo Regional District & District of 100 Mile House:
The responsibility for collection and processing of household recyclables will be changing from tax based funding to an industry funded program. The provincial government has tasked industry with the responsibility of managing both depot and curbside programs.
Starting in 2014, industry will be responsible for typical recycling programs throughout the province. Funding for these programs will be included in the price of consumer products. Multi-Materials BC (MMBC), the not-for-profit stewardship agency created by industry, will develop and operate programs throughout the province.
The program will be focused on all packaging and printed paper products (PPP). The items to be recycled will include plastic types one through seven, tin, steel and aluminium cans (non-deposit), corrugated cardboard, box board (i.e. cereal boxes), mixed paper products, Styrofoam, plastic bags (#2 and #4 only) and glass containers. Plastic bags, Styrofoam and glass will be accepted at depots only.
The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) and the District of 100 Mile House have declined the depot incentive offered by MMBC for the District of 100 Mile House, so that Gold Trail Recycling could accept the incentives directly from MMBC. This means Gold Trail Recycling depot will be a collector for MMBC and all of the above items will be accepted for drop off at Gold Trail commencing in May of 2014. The CRD did accept MMBC’s incentives for new depots at refuse sites located at Forest Grove, Lone Butte, Inter-Lakes and Watch Lake and the existing depot at Lac La Hache.
To increase the amount of recyclables captured, where garbage curbside collection currently exists, MMBC has offered to partner with local governments to help pay for the curbside collection of recyclables. Curbside recycling programs are the most effective method of collecting PPP items. Through collaboration, the District of 100 Mile House and the CRD have accepted MMBC’s offer and at the same time increased the service level of garbage collection by transitioning to an automated tote system. Independently, the CRD and the District of 100 Mile House would not have been able to provide these services. Having one contractor provide garbage and recycling service to both 100 Mile House and the 108 Mile Ranch subdivision, reduces overall costs and makes it financially viable to provide these services. Residents from 100 Mile House and 108 Mile Ranch were asked if they would like these services provided and 89 per cent indicated they were in favour.
Commencing in May, 2014, Central Cariboo Disposal Services Ltd., who currently provides garbage collection for 100 Mile House and the 108 Ranch, will provide the new collection service for garbage and recyclables. Residents will be provided with two wheeled totes; one for garbage and the other for recyclables. Garbage will be collected once per week and recyclables will be collected every second week. Central Cariboo Disposal Services Ltd. has operated in the South Cariboo for the past 27 years.
“We are pleased to be working with our local companies and providing business opportunities for their inclusion in this new process,” stated CRD Chair Al Richmond. “The positive impact on the life of our landfill sites should result in an extended useful life and reduce landfill operating costs over time."
"Although we are concerned how local service providers will be impacted by MMBC's implementation of the PPP program, we remain upbeat in the knowledge the District and CRD are able to provide new and improved resident services at a minimal cost and that two of our local companies have been provided with additional business opportunities,” stated 100 Mile House Mayor Mitch Campsall.
For further information visit the CRD online at cariboord.bc.ca or call 1-800-665-1636.