MMBC creates plastic questions for North Cowichan

North Cowichan councillors are still not satisfied that the new Multi Materials BC recycling contract is going to be as helpful as first thought.

They’ve already planned a review of the deal next summer but at their Sept. 3 meeting, there was plenty of concern around the table that plastic bags will be a continuing problem.

It’s been possible to put film plastic in a recycle bag until now and councillors still say they think many people will simply put them in the garbage rather than drive their plastic recycling to the depot.

Coun. John Koury has asked before if there was any way to track what’s happening and was told Sept. 3 that even an agreement to produce a survey of residents will only deal with complaints, not general information.

"Are we refusing any pickups because of their being the wrong stuff in the cans?" Coun. Al Siebring asked. "I seem to be hearing something relevant to that in the community."

Koury said he has seen the answer.

"I do buy into the notion that change takes time and hopefully in a year from now people will be used to this system. However, on my last garbage day pickup there were many clear and transparent blue plastic bags left on the curbside with red stickers on them saying: we do not pick up this any more. Because it was in a plastic bag, presumably. There were many, many like that.

"Sometimes you do need a kick in the pants to say, okay, now I have to change."

Coun. Ruth Hartmann pointed out that the new MMBC regime allows for even more recyclables to go in the bag; film plastic is the only problem.

"It’s also rewarding to know that stickers are being put on; it helps people remember what they have to do," she said.

Coun. Kate Marsh is also still worried about what happens to all the other lightweight plastics.

She said she’s always made an effort to include every bit of plastic in her recycling, even the wrappers and small pieces that came around products.

"My volume of garbage has gone up and that makes me unhappy," she said.

Just Posted

Pilot program to help Cowichan seniors age in place

Seniors Foundation partnering with B.C. tech company Hibou

Green leader Elizabeth May makes campaign stop in Duncan

Says she’s confident voters looking for Green alternative

Coming up in Cowichan: Special service at Cobble Hill cenotaph Saturday

Malahat Legion hosting special service at Cobble Hill cenotaph The Royal Canadian… Continue reading

Zivanai Masango opens new performance space at Little Zimbabwe Farm in Cowichan

Exciting African singer/ songwriter is the first to play the new studio at Cowichan Lake Road farm

Carter family continues tradition of making musical memories in Cowichan

On Saturday the Alf Carter Band, will be providing the entertainment at the Eagles Hall in Duncan.

VIDEO: First all-female spacewalk team makes history

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir did work on International Space Station’s power grid

Zantac, the over-the-counter heartburn drug, pulled in Canada, U.S.

Health Canada also investigates possible carcinogen in some ranitidine drugs

B.C. public safety minister says cannabis edibles not in stores til January

Mike Farnworth says he wants regional issues considered when it comes to licensing

Greta Thunberg calls for climate action in Alberta, but doesn’t talk oilsands

Swedish teen was met with some oil and gas industry supporters who came in a truck convoy

Scheer denies spreading ‘misinformation’ in predicting unannounced Liberal taxes

Conservative leader had claimed that a potential NDP-Liberal coalition could lead to a hike in GST

Council asks to limit cruise ship visits to Victoria harbour

Mayor says motion is not meant to curtail current visits or limit local cruise industry expansion

Chilliwack man pleads guilty in crash that killed pregnant woman

Frank Tessman charged under Motor Vehicle Act for accident that killed Kelowna school teacher

Kawhi Leonard, former Toronto Raptor, welcomed back to Vancouver at pre-season game

Fans go wild at pre-season game between L.A. Clippers and Dallas Mavericks at Rogers Arena

Greens and NDP go head to head on West Coast; Scheer takes fight to Bernier

Trudeau turns focus to key ridings outside Toronto after two days in Quebec

Most Read