District of Sechelt joins Recycle BC

The District of Sechelt is now a member of Recycle BC.

The district announced it was finalizing a contract with Recycling BC earlier this year at the same time it confirmed an expansion of the curbside organics program, and it’s anticipated the financial incentives from Recycle BC will offset the cost of the expanded organics program, which is expected to roll out in early 2020.

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In a release this week district officials called the agreement with Recycle BC “a significant benefit to the community” but said it would mean a few changes to the service, including the list of material allowed in the curbside bins.

Under Recycle BC the only items accepted in the curbside recycling program are paper and cardboard, as well as any plastic, metal and paper containers that were used as packaging, including milk cartons.

Beverage containers that have a deposit paid on them will be accepted in the recycling bins if people do not wish to return them to get their deposit back or drop them off at the Habitat for Humanity collection point at the regional recycling depot at Salish Soils.

Materials such as glass, plastic bags and overwrap, flexible plastic packaging, Styrofoam and small electronics must be dropped off at a depot.

 “We are very lucky to be a part of the Recycle BC program as it really simplifies the service and it provides financial incentives to keep the cost lower for our taxpayers,” said district engineering technologist Paul Appelt.

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