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New rules for recycling

A presentation on the rules for recycling under the new provincial guidelines was provided at Penticton City Hall Monday morning.

Starting next week, residents can recycle even more paper and product packaging in their curb side and multi family recycling collection systems, according to public works manager Len Robson.

"It is still easy, it is still the same, it is just more," said Robson.

Starting May 19, businesses that supply packaging and printed material to BC residents will be responsible for managing these materials so they can be recycled. Multi-Material BC, MMBC, a non profit organization working on behalf of these businesses, will be responsible for the management of residential and multi-family recycling programs in many areas across the province.

In Penticton, MMBC is working with the City to ensure residents will be able to recycle types of packaging that is not currently included in the program.

New items that can be recycled include:

  • table top containers milk, egg substitutes cream, etc: boxes or
  • cartons known as Tetra Pak or aseptic packaging, such as soup broth, milk type beverages
  • aerosol cans and caps, but no paint cans or cans that contained hazardous materials
  • spiral wound paper cans and lids, such as frozen juice and potato chips
  • paper or plastic cups with lids for hot and cold drinks
  • plastic garden pots and trays

Items that cannot be collected at the curb, but can be taken to a depot are foam packaging, plastic bags and overwrap and non deposit glass bottles and jars.

In Penticton, there are depot locations at J& C Bottle and Recycling Depot at 200 Rosetown Ave. or the Campbell Mountain Landfill at 901 Spiller Road.

If items that can contaminate are found at the curb side, the collector will tag them.

The best way to avoid receiving a tag is learning what materials are allowed in the pickup, and which should be brought to the depot.

There are no fines. It's more to ensure the recycling is taken away and doesn't have to be put out again.

How residents recycle their materials is also not changing. Blue bags, blue bins and blue carts are all acceptable methods to putting out materials for weekly collecting at the curb side. Multi-family residents will continue to use their existing system.

A display of what can be recycled or taken to the depot will go up in the front lobby at City Hall, and also be available at the Farmers' Market, held every Saturday.

"For consumers, the provincial program features small changes with the aim to increase how much the entire community recycles," said Mayor Garry Litke. "The City has been working with provincial organizers and local stakeholders to ensure the change is seamless and easy for residents to go green."


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