Eco-team cites recycling woes in Kamloops

Team members said visiting residents door-to-door to educate about the city’s recycling program — in a bid to improve the city’s contamination rates — was effective. However, the team also noted some residents continue to be frustrated by a lack of glass recycling opportunity curbside, in addition to a desire by residents for curbside composting

It appears some residents continue to be irked and confused by the city’s recycling program.

The city’s eco-smart team, consisting of four university students, has identified recycling as both the biggest opportunity and challenge it faced this summer.

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Team members said visiting residents door-to-door to educate about the city’s recycling program — in a bid to improve the city’s contamination rates — was effective.

However, the team also noted some residents continue to be frustrated by a lack of glass recycling opportunity curbside, in addition to a desire by residents for curbside composting and additional recycling opportunities.

Blue bins under Recycle BC do not allow for recycling of glass or plastic films, such as shopping bags. They are recyclable only at private bottle depots.

The eco-smart team engaged with more than 4,000 people since May on topics of sustainability.

In addition to the topic of recycling, the team encouraged residents to utilize reusable products, such as water bottles and reusable mugs, and attended city events to promote myriad other sustainable initiatives.

The team also spearheaded a new education program regarding the city’s anti-idling bylaw.

During time spent educating people at the Tournament Capital Centre, the team reported challenges in approaching idling vehicles and better success in addressing people outside of their vehicles.

Team members said they did not spend much time this summer on the education component, but focused on creating a framework for the future.

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