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“Real Recycling” for BC


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October 3, 2011 by Guy Crittenden

Those of you who are interested in product stewardship and such things as deposit-refund systems for used beverage containers should follow developments in BC where Zero Waste Vancouver is launching a campaign to support what it calls “Real Recycling” (see the news release below about the kick-off meeting on Monday, October 3).

The campaign may be about many things but appears to be centered on getting milk containers in the province included in the deposit system and also to raise deposit levels to match those in Alberta. The suggestion is to not accept a government proposal to collect all packaging in a mixed stream.

Here’s the release and I’ll post further detail as it becomes available.

Campaign launch Monday (October 3rd) in Vancouver

WHAT:

On October 3rd a group of citizens will launch a web-based campaign to show public support for Real Recycling – recycling that delivers the best possible environmental, economic and social benefits to society. The first objective is to get milk containers included in the deposit system and raise deposit levels on all containers to match those in Alberta.

WHO:

This province-wide campaign is being guided by Zero Waste Vancouver, a registered non-profit organization that has been operating in the Lower Mainland since 2007. It will involve people in communities across the province who support the economic, environmental and social benefits of real recycling.

WHEN:

Monday, October 3rd, 10:30 am

WHERE:

Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House, 800 East Broadway, Vancouver BC (West Hall room).

WHY:

This month the provincial government will begin public consultation on a proposal to collect all different kinds of packaging mixed together – from milk jugs to toothpaste tubes and cigarette wrappers. This will downgrade the truly recyclable materials like milk jugs and create the false illusion that non-recyclable packaging is being recycled. It would also ignore decades of success in British Columbia with a beverage industry recycling program that is delivering outstanding environmental, social and economic benefits in community across the province. The Campaign for Real Recycling wants to give the milk industry a chance to provide further proof that deposits – especially higher deposits — get good returns.

HOW:

For additional information, please contact Helen Spiegelman: 604-731-8464 spiegelmanhelen@gmail.com


Guy Crittenden

Guy Crittenden

Guy Crittenden was formerly Editor of this magazine and is currently a freelance writer specializing in environmental and producer responsibility themes. He lives in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada and can be contacted directly at gcrit @ rogers DOT com
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