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NEWS RELEASE · 17th April 2012
City of Terrace
As of April 30th, 2012 the downtown Terrace recycling pilot project will be coming to an end and the depot will be relocated to a new permanent site. There will no longer be drop-off bins located at the former Coop site; however, Terrace and area residents will continue to have easy access to recycling at the new depot located at 4430 Keith Avenue.

This new community depot will be managed by Waste Management Inc. and will be open to all residents of Terrace and area. The new location will continue to accept the materials currently accepted at the downtown recycling depot except for organic material.

The City of Terrace and the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine (RDKS) would like to thank all of the residents and supporting businesses that have made the recycling depot pilot project a success over the past 5 months.

The City and RDKS recommended continuing with a depot style recycling model after observing related costs and high participation rates. Laurie Gallant of RDKS notes “This pilot project has tested levels of acceptance for costs and convenience. The depot enjoyed usage levels beyond our expectations and makes us all hopeful that the new BC regulation for mandatory industry funded and managed recycling of printed paper and packaging in 2014 will be popular.”

The new depot has safe access off of Keith Avenue and will continue to be a self-serve, outdoor style depot. Summer operating hours will be dawn to dusk. Residents are encouraged to continue to drop off their clean household recyclables, with materials sorted according to the following list:

Mixed cardboard

Mixed paper

Mixed plastics

All tin, metal and steel

Staff and elected officials thank the greater Terrace community for demonstrating a strong desire to support The City and RDKS objective of creating sustainable alternatives to landfilling.

Please remember that certain items, such as batteries and small appliances are recyclable through local Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) programs.

For continued diversion of organics material please take advantage of the City of Terrace curbside pickup (every Monday) and explore backyard composting options. A full list of EPR programs and organics diversion information can be found on the City of Terrace website.
Ontario recycles
Comment by Sandy on 23rd April 2012
Actually, Ontario does recycle their cans, all their cans, and glass, and bottles and plastics and paper and organic material, and they do it curbside. They don't pay a deposit because they don't get money back for recycling but it is very much a part of their culture. When I moved here from Ontario it was very hard to get used to not recycling. I'm so glad that I am getting used to it again, it's like riding a bike, you never really forget.
Deposit return programs
Comment by Karen Dedosenco on 19th April 2012
I was surprised at James' comment that Ontario has no deposit fee on soft drink containers considering that I remember paying a deposit on bottles and cans at least forty years ago in Alberta. Actually, as a kid I didn't so much remember paying the deposit fee as I remember getting pennies for collecting discarded bottles...and recycling a few from the crated returns at the back of the store.

Amazing that there are still provinces that have yet to act on something so beneficial and that has been proven to be so effective. We in B.C. do have something to be proud of but we still have a long way to go.
Re Cardboard
Comment by James Ippel on 19th April 2012
I do not know where the cardboard from this collection goes, but any cardboard from the
Foodbank goes to a local retail who crush, bundle it, and then ship it south for recycling. This may well be the case with cardboard collect by the new agents.
We in BC can be proud in the amount of recycling we do. In Ontario the only things that have a deposit on them and are recycled are liquor bottles. Everything else-plastic water bottles, pop cans, juice containers, etc, go into the landfill. All this in a part of Canada who feel entitled to tell the rest of us how to live our lifes.
Not a good location
Comment by Chris on 18th April 2012
The current location was temporary. It wouldn't have been hard to make a more long term location less of an eyesore with some fencing and better monitoring. The Canadian Waste location is not convenient for most people. Cheap / free doesn't make it better. Preference should have been focused on what will encourage the most use and Canadian Waste's yard is not the answer. I also agree with the comments about not supporting local business. I think you will see the usage drops significantly once it moves out there.
Who says....
Comment by R1chard Jenn1ss on 18th April 2012

I don't know if it's true but I once heard that collected cardboard via "cardboard bins" ended up in the landfill burned.

Who says the collection of items will go to recycling?

What stops anyone from collecting recyclables and simply dropping it off at the land fill?

The bottom line is:
Garbage is pollution and the human race, by now, is plenty capable of finding solutions to a zero-waste society.
Ottawa and Victoria should lead by example and introduce legislation and programs to deal with this.

In Mexico a glass bottle for Coca Cola is washed and re-used. Why don't we re-use bottles?
Why do we have plastic packaging that you nearly injure yourself trying to open?
A throw-away society is great for those who have industry importing to Canada. But for us we're paying for the mess tomorrow only to save on the dollar today.

It's time for a zero waste society.
If you agree mention to Nathan Cullen and Robin Austin it's time to get active on Zero Waste.
Good for Waste Management
Comment by James Ippel on 18th April 2012
I commend them for stepping in and taking over this important venture. It will be great to see the the waste bins removed from the George Little House. This is where Via Rail stops, and they, along with the Grafitti on the old Co op Building did nothing to enhance Terrace as a tourist attraction.
I agree with Karen that attending the new location to drop of materials for re-cycling does not present a problem. The traffic lights at Hwy 16/Walmart allow plenty of time for left hand turns to the Waste Management facility (reluctantly), but oh well. I am also confident that Irly Bird, being a good corporate citizen would not object to increased traffic for a good cause.
Waste Management may be taking this stuff for free, but you can bet your boots that in the end this is a money paying proposition for them They did not become the largest garbage collector in North America by making dumb decisions. I don't see them as "sticking it" to Geier Waste. Personnally, I commend Geier for being in the business this long. They obviously as making the right moves to continue doing a job that suits their clients. Good for them, and continued success in the future.
I might be wrong
Comment by Samantha on 18th April 2012
But I think both landfills have a seperate compostable/prganiz material pile. If you do not live in town maybe consider your own composting system?

Organic Material
Comment by GH on 18th April 2012
So since I do not live in town I have no where to take organic material. I guess I'll be putting it back into the garbage.
Great plan!
Comment by Karen Dedosenco on 18th April 2012
I think this is a great move. Every time I drove past the George Little House I was distracted by these big ugly bins with paper littering the ground around them. We invested a lot of money to move and renovate our most important heritage house, why would we put such an unattractive site right next to it?

My family use the bins regularily (cutting our waste to more than half) but I was not happy about jeopardizing some of our cities nicer attributes.

I do not see the new site as inconvenient or a problem due to higher traffic. I usually use the proposed access off Keith to enter Irly Bird/Timber Mart and have never had a problem, even during busier times.

Way to go Waste Management Inc., you are doing the community a great service! Now we just need to convince the city to make some kind of effort in making the newly levelled Co-op property more attractive. This would be a wonderful place for tourists to park and partake in what the down-town core has to offer. It would be nice to give a great first impression and make the area look more like a park than an abandoned industrial wasteland.
Comment by L.M. on 18th April 2012
What this article doesn't tell you is that Waste Management is taking the stuff for free. How are they able to do this and why are they taking a financial loss?
They have to pay their own employees to process all of the material. It sounds like this is a way for them to stick it to their competition in the area Geier Waste and unfortunately small local business, Do Your Part Recycling, gets caught in the middle. What's that story, David and Goliath or something like that.
Moved the bins
Comment by DeanW on 17th April 2012
The old Coop lands was the perfect spot to stop and drop the recyclables while shopping downtown; now the bins will be in a spot accessed through heavy traffic which is difficult to get in and out of. This was a poor choice as less people will use them