I wasn’t thrilled with the most recent changes either but I have adjusted how I sort my recycling and have no complaints. There is certainly no need to burn items just because you can’t put them in the blue bin for pickup, and I wouldn’t call the current system self-defeating. I still have the pamphlet that we all received when the MMBC program came into effect so I check that when I’m unsure if an item is accepted, and the CVRD website also lists accepted materials, so I don’t think there’s any excuse for confusion as to what is and isn’t accepted.
It’s a shame that film plastic and plastic bags are no longer accepted in curbside collection but Bings Creek and Fisher Road Recycling still accept them. They also accept all the other stuff that has never been accepted in the curbside program, like Styrofoam, batteries, glass, electronics, used motor oil and filters, scrap metal, etc., (and without any fee) so I don’t have a problem with storing bags and film plastics with those other materials and taking it all to Fisher Road at the same time.
I would love it if everything was accepted in one bin that was collected from my home but I can live with the current system and make an occasional a trip to Fisher Road or Bings Creek.
Regarding the people who are wilfully ignorant and simply throw anything in whatever recycling bin they can just to get it out of their hair, I don’t know what can be done about them. They are a problem similar to people who still dump their garbage on back roads, in that they are not doing so because the system we have is faulty; they are doing it because they simply don’t care about anything other than getting rid of their junk.
How to make those people care about dumping trash and ruining recycling systems is not an easy problem to solve, but the rest of us that do care can make the system work by looking online to see what is accepted curbside and what we must take to our regional recycling depots.