Recycling bins at your local supermarket ‘quickly drawing to a close’

Dear editor,

Recent initiatives from the Province have changed the way recycling works across B.C.

Dear editor,

Recent initiatives from the Province have changed the way recycling works across B.C.

For years, all the “eco fees” we have been paying at point of purchase (batteries, lightbulbs, paint, etc.) has gone to the provincial government. Now, under Multi Materials BC, this money will come back in form of rebates to help local government with recycling.

Under the new model, recycling centres must be fenced, lit, gated, manned, maintained and insured. They must be located on property that is either owned or leased by local government.

The days of a few bins at the back end of your local supermarket are quickly drawing to a close.

The recent referendum for unified district garbage and recycling pickup would have also qualified for rebates from MMBC. In addition, under  the new model, the system would have taken glass, styrofoam and “film” plastics that are not allowed under the current system.

Royston, where the CVRD contracted the garbage pickup contract, will soon get almost $40,000 back from MMBC, which will reduce the costs to homeowners even further.

The City of Courtenay and Village of Cumberland, both of which contract their services, are going to see big savings as well.

Yes, this program is a game-changer, but it will be nice to be able to get a bit of the “eco fees” back that we have all being paying all these years.

Edwin Grieve,

Comox Valley

Editor’s note: Edwin Grieve is the Comox Valley Regional District’s Area C director.

 

Just Posted

Canadian Forces member charged with possessing magic mushrooms in Comox

Master Cpl. Joshua Alexander, with the 407 Maritime Patrol Squadron, facing two drug related charges

Valley mother encourages food literacy and mindfulness with placemats

The Mindful Meals placemats help kids to slow down and pay attention to the food they eat.

Victim of downtown Courtenay assault dies from injuries

RCMP confirm file is now a homicide investigation

North Island College’s annual 3-Hour Fiction Contest returns

Two competitions; one for adults, one for U-18 writers

Comox Valley’s drinking water within lead guidelines, say staff

Residents with old homes may still want testing if concerned about pipes, solder

‘I was bawling’: Injured Bronco’s mother stunned by his progress after surgery

Ryan Straschnitzki isn’t expecting a cure but hopes to restore some muscle movement

Comox Fire Rescue donates defibrillator to St. George’s United Church

Comox fighters have donated an automatic external defibrillator (AED) to St. George’s… Continue reading

Most B.C. residents, including those hit by 2018 storms, not prepared for outages: report

Create an emergency kit, BC Hydro says, and report all outages or downed lines

Study finds microplastics in all remote Arctic beluga whales tested

Lead author Rhiannon Moore says she wasn’t expecting to see so many microplastics so far north

Services needed in B.C. for early-onset Alzheimer’s disease patients: doctor, advocates

More patients are being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at an earlier age

Nanaimo man caught with more than 200,000 child porn images to be sentenced

Crown says Aaron Macrae recorded video of children on buses and at his workplace

Vancouver Island hunters may have harvested deer in area known for chronic wasting disease

Conservation officers make urgent request to public for any information

65-million-year-old triceratops fossil arrives in Victoria

Dino Lab Inc. is excavating the fossilized remains of a Triceratops prosus

B.C. widow sues health authority after ‘untreatable’ superbug killed husband

New Public Agency Health report puts Canadian death toll at 5,400 in 2018

Most Read