Recycling can work in Carbonear
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