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Changes coming to curbside recycling in Revelstoke

Contributed by the City of Revelstoke

Beginning May 19, 2014, businesses that supply packaging and printed paper to B.C. residents will be responsible for collecting and managing these materials so they can be recycled. MultiMaterial BC (MMBC), a non-profit organization working on behalf of these businesses, will be responsible for residential recycling programs in many areas across B.C., either directly or by working with local governments.

Through MMBC's packaging and printed paper recycling program, Revelstoke residents will continue to receive biweekly recycling pick up of blue bags. Additional products being collected in the curbside program include:

— Plastic milk jugs, milk and other gable cartons, hot and cold paper beverage cups, aluminum foil packaging, and plant pots.

— Glass will continue to be recycled at the depot.

— Plastic film packaging will no longer be collected in curbside collection, but will be collected at the depot beginning Jan. 1, 2015, along with foam containers and foam packaging.

For a full list of what is accepted for recycling visit recyclinginbc.ca or the city website at revelstoke.ca

In discussing these changes, Mike Thomas, the city's Director of Engineering and Development, indicated that, "Under the new regulations, residents will have access to curbside recycling services at the lowest possible cost, with municipal recycling fees dropping to zero by 2015."

The City of Revelstoke will continue to provide recycling collection services for the residents of Revelstoke, on behalf of MMBC, until the end of 2014. In January 2015 MMBC will assume full responsibility for the contracting of recycling collection in Revelstoke. The current $40 annual cost of recycling will be reduced to $20 on the City of Revelstoke 2014 property tax notice and further reduced to zero in 2015.

Mayor David Raven, in commenting on this initiative stated, "The city appreciates the leadership and innovation of BRESCO working with the city and regional district to initiate curb side recycling in Revelstoke. Over the last three years over 1,000 tons of recyclable material has been diverted from the landfill with all of the environmental and economic benefits.

“The city looks forward to working with MMBC and their contractors to continue this success story.”


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