Some members of the public who recycle at the Oyster River depot have expressed concern that their efforts to sort materials have been in vain. They worry that a truck that dumps materials into one bin transports items straight to the landfill.
That is not the case, says the Comox Valley Regional District. Recycled items are trucked to a processing facility, not a landfill.
The CVRD has maintained recycling bins to reduce contamination, and to make a better end product and commodity that can go to market.
“Can you imagine if there was one bin how much contamination would filter into it?” communications manager Koreen Gurak said. “By keeping it somewhat organized, we have reduced the amount of contamination and ended up with therefore a better product in the end.”
She notes people have dumped toilets and cooking trays, among other items, at Oyster River and other depots.