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Powell River joins Recycle BC program

POWELL RIVER, B.C.- The city of Powell River is now a part of the Recycle BC program.

Incentives will be provided to continue to collect recycling material, including packaging and printed paper from Powell River residents.

Recycle BC is responsible for residential packaging and printed paper recycling across the province.

Staff work with local governments, and other organizations to ensure packaging and printed paper is collected, sorted and recycled responsibly.

The program is funded by businesses that produce and supply packaging and paper to British Columbians.

“We’re excited to have the City of Powell River join Recycle BC’s province-wide packaging and printed paper recycling program,” said Allen Langdon, Managing Director of Recycle BC, in a release.

156 other communities take part in the program, receiving curbside or multi-family collection services.

“Businesses pay fees to Recycle BC based on how much and the type of packaging and paper they supply to BC residents. Recycle BC pays the City of Powell River to collect the recyclables,” said Shawn Cator, Powell River’s Manager of Operational Services, in the release.

“All the costs associated with shipping, packaging and actual disposal will now be borne by Recycle BC.”

Cator noted that with the new program, there will be no changes to the way people recycle curbside.

“We are still not going to recycle glass, plastic bags and foam packaging like styrofoam curbside. Those items can be taken to the recycling depot,” he said.

“We are still collecting one stream, so householders put one recycle bin out for collection with all the accepted recyclables in it and we come and get it. Nothing changes for the customer.”

A list of materials accepted for recycling at the curb can be found at the city’s website.

More on the Recycle BC program can be found at this link.

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