The controversial Multi-Material BC recycling system has launched; with some producers refusing to participate and several private recycling depot operators saying it’s going to hurt their bottom lines.
Nanaimo is taking an incentive from MMBC to collect items through the existing curbside system.
Charlotte Davis is the City’s Manager of Sanitation, Recycling and Public Works.
However, some things will no longer be collected, like plastic bags and glass containers. They’ll have to go to a depot. (Full details are in the City’s updated recycling guide)
Jeremy Valeriote is the Sunshine Coast Regional District’s Manager of Waste Reduction and Recovery. He says the SCRD is still working out some details so MMBC won’t be coming to the Regional District’s depots until June.
Plans to test curbside pick-up under MMBC in Roberts Creek and Halfmoon Bay are also on hold while a deal is finalized. Valeriote told Gibsons Council recently the SCRD Board is hoping to avoid extra cost to taxpayers, so they’ve asked MMBC to consider running it instead of doing it themselves and taking an incentive.
You can find out how the changes will roll out in the Sunshine Coast Regional District here.
The District of Sechelt, meanwhile, is not joining the MMBC program, so its curbside recycling system won’t change.