Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Mayor Doesn't Like 'One-Sided' Deal

Written by Peter McIntyre Tuesday, 17 September 2013 17:09
It doesn't look like the North Okanagan wants to take part in an industry-led recycling program. Multi Materials BC wants to take over the municipally-run blue bag programs around the province next spring. However, Vernon Mayor Rob Sawatzky, who is at the Union of BC Municipalities meeting in Vancouver, says RDNO staff don't recommend pursuing the idea. "In principal this should be a very good idea, but in fact, what is being presented is a one-sided, take-it-or-leave-it from industry and run by industry," says Sawatzky. Sawatzky says the MMBC system wouldn't have any of the options, responsibility or fairness of the current recycling system which he says works well. "So RDNO staff are saying, 'Don't even follow this. We have a system that works well. Don't tie yourselves into this,'" Sawatzky tells Kiss FM. Multi-Materials BC is an industry stewardship group consisting of major retailers and producers that wants to take responsibility for curbside collection of recycled paper and packaging in BC by May 2014. The move, approved by the province last year, would have industry pay for the costs of recycling paper and packaging products across the province. But Metro Vancouver mayors want to negotiate a better contract for taxpayers, arguing they are getting a raw deal that could potentially see a reduction in recycling services and affect green-city goals.

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