Re­cy­cling can work in Car­bon­ear

The Compass - - OPINION -

Res­i­dents of Car­bon­ear were ex­pected to get their first op­por­tu­nity to bring their re­cy­clables to the curb­side for col­lec­tion this week, a ser­vice that is long over­due, but we be­lieve well worth the wait.

Town of­fi­cials have en­thu­si­as­ti­cally pur­sued this ini­tia­tive, and they should be com­mended for do­ing so. A town that de­scribes it­self as the “Hub of the Bay” should be at the fore­front on is­sues such as en­vi­ron­men­tal ste­ward­ship, and this is a step in that direc­tion.

Now the chal­lenge is to get res­i­dents on board, and we mean ev­ery­one. There’s no rea­son why ev­ery house­hold, all 2,000 of them, shouldn’t take part in this pro­gram. This is an op­por­tu­nity for Car­bon­ear res­i­dents to show their true colours, and in this case we mean re­cy­cling blue.

There’s no need to dis­card those old news­pa­pers, fly­ers, mag­a­zines, cat­a­logues, en­velopes, books, ce­real boxes, cor­ru­gated card­board and other pa­per prod­ucts. Same goes for alu­minum con­tain­ers, plas­tic bot­tles, tin cans and juice boxes.

Sep­a­rate th­ese prod­ucts into blue bags, but be mind­ful not to mix the pa­per prod­ucts with the con­tain­ers.

Based on sim­i­lar pro­grams in other ju­ris­dic­tions, this kind of “con­tam­i­na­tion” will be a prob­lem in the early go­ing. That’s why it’s es­sen­tial that town of­fi­cials con­tinue an ag­gres­sive ed­u­ca­tion cam­paign. It’s also ex­pected that each house­hold will pro­duce two to three bags of re­cy­clables ev­ery two-week pe­riod.

Res­i­dents who sup­port the pro­gram will not only be di­vert­ing waste from the landfill, but in the long run will help save the town money. Tip­ping fees for house­hold garbage at Robin Hood Bay in St. John’s in $65-plus per tonne, while the cost for re­cy­clables is $20-plus.

That be­ing said, all we can say is let’s get at it. Sup­port this pro­gram and set an ex­am­ple for other mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties in the re­gion to fol­low.

— Terry Roberts

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