Re­cy­cling im­prove­ments are the an­swer

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: How will we keep the Great Lakes great (April 29)

We all want healthy Great Lakes and wa­ter­ways, in­clud­ing the 20,000 Cana­di­ans who work in Canada’s bev­er­age in­dus­try. How­ever, we shouldn’t ask On­tar­i­ans to walk past their blue boxes to get into their cars to re­turn only plas­tic bot­tles. Bev­er­age con­tain­ers are only one of many kinds of plas­tic that get re­cy­cled in the curb­side sys­tem.

While Ashley Wal­lis, wa­ter pro­gram man­ager for En­vi­ron­men­tal De­fence, is cor­rect that prov­inces which have de­posit sys­tems have — to vary­ing de­grees — higher re­cy­cling rates, to im­ple­ment one in On­tario would be ex­tremely costly in in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment.

Set­ting up a com­pletely sep­a­rate re­cy­cling sys­tem for a ma­te­rial that makes up only 0.2 per cent of On­tario’s waste stream would make for an in­ef­fi­cient so­lu­tion. Much bet­ter would be to in­vest in im­prove­ments in outof-home and multi-dwelling re­cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture, and re­cy­cling ed­u­ca­tion as has been done in Man­i­toba. This en­sures that every per­son in On­tario has both the mo­ti­va­tion and means to re­cy­cle and con­trib­ute to the im­por­tant grow­ing cir­cu­lar econ­omy.

The Cana­dian Bev­er­age As­so­ci­a­tion and our mem­bers are com­mit­ted to increasing re­cy­cling rates in On­tario and across Canada, and be­lieve that all stake­hold­ers work­ing to­gether is the best way to find so­lu­tions. Jim Goetz, pres­i­dent, Cana­dian Bev­er­age As­so­ci­a­tion

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