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Coffee Cup Recycling in Vancouver

Should paper coffee cups come with a recycling fee?

curated from cbcnews

A Vancouver group thinks it may have a solution to the problem of litter and waste caused by the 1.6 billion disposal coffee cups that get thrown out in Canada every year.

Anna Godefroy of the Binners Project, a group that picks up recyclables and returns them for cash, believes coffee drinkers should be charged a cup recycling fee every time they purchase a latte or double-double in a paper cup. The scheme would work exactly the same way as it does for cans and bottles.

“We’re thinking for coffee cups it could be five or ten cents,” says Godefroy. “It would help reduce waste and also invites people to think twice before ordering a coffee to go.”

Lindsay Coulter of the Suzuki Foundation agrees the plan could be a way to get people out of the paper cup habit.

“It’s supposed to be reduce use, then reuse, then recycle,” said Coulter, adding that just because you can put paper cups in your blue bin, doesn’t mean they’re not ending up in the landfill.

In 2014 the Binners Project staged a one-day public event called “The Coffee Cup Revolution,” offering a nickle for every disposable cup that was turned in. In a five-hour span, 45,000 cups were collected.

Paul Henderson, Metro Vancouver’s manager for solid waste, says that paper cup usage around Vancouver needs to be reduced.

“We’d like to see less cups used around the region,” Henderson told CBC.

If Vancouver were to adopt the paper cup recycling fee scheme, it would be the first jurisdiction in the world to do so.

Recycling program going strong

curated from clevelandbanner

Blythe-Oldfield Community Association making statement in the neighborhood and community

BLYTHE-OLDFIELD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION President Julia Porter and Vice President Shirley Knight stand with the recently installed sign promoting the association’s recycling program. Organizers hope the environment-friendly program will grow through the moving of recycling bins outside the Blythe Avenue Family Support Center and the addition of a sign. The sign designates that the bins are a part of the association’s program. The program is nearing its two-year mark, and was started in the building with the nonprofit offices housed there.

JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer

An effort to make recycling convenient to those in the Blythe-Oldfield Community Association is taking a more visual approach.

Organizers hope the environment-friendly program will grow through the moving of recycling bins outside the Blythe Avenue Family Support Center and the addition of a sign.

The sign designates that the bins are a part of the association’s program.

“We wanted recycling close, because most people in our neighborhood don’t have cars and they can’t drive to recycling (centers),” said Shirley Knight, association vice president.

The program is nearing its two-year mark, and was started in the building with the nonprofit offices housed there.

The Boys & Girls Clubs Blythe Unit embraced the idea with a logo contest. The winning logo was featured on reusable, durable bags distributed in the neighborhood to encourage people to carry recycling to the family support center. The children have continued to support recycling by gathering recyclables from each of the offices in the building and taking them to the designated bins.

Program expansion to the Blythe-Oldfield community was made possible through a partnership with Coca-Cola and the city of Cleveland. BOCA president Julia Porter said the company provides the bins used for the recycling and picks them up when they are full.

“It is 100 percent free. We have not paid a penny for recycling,” Porter said.

Impact Cleveland lets members of the neighborhood know about the program with flyers every couple of months.

As awareness of the program has grown, the number of people recycling has increased.

“I’ve been really impressed with the neighbors and the participation,” Porter said.

The new sign will also help to raise awareness of where recyclers can participate.

“People have said they didn’t know where it was,” Knight said.

The sign was installed by the city of Cleveland’s sign shop.

As recycling increases in the neighborhood, trash decreases, Knight said.

Many things the people throw out can actually be recycled. The Blythe program accepts aluminum, paper, cardboard and No. 1 plastics. Plastics range in number from 1 to 7. The number for the plastic can be found on the bottom of the item. No. 1 plastics are usually clear.

“Education is a big part of it,” Porter said.

For example, a milk jug is a No. 2 plastic and cannot currently be accepted at the BOCA recycling program.

The Family Support Center also encourages recycling at all of its events.

The center is located at 966 Blythe Ave. The recycling bins are on the edge of the parking lot closed to Ninth Street.

Plastics that are not accepted in the Blythe-Oldfield Community program can be recycled at the facilities available at 3110 Peerless Road and 234 Urbane Road. The Peerless Road facility is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 11:30 a.m.to 5:30 p.m. The Urbane Road facility is open Tuesday and Thursday, 1-5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

As the community program grows, the city of Cleveland is also researching whether a recycling program for downtown would be feasible.

Cardboard Recycling in Vancouver

Region might halt curbside glass pickup

curated from timescolonist

The curbside collection of glass in Greater Victoria could be halted.

The Capital Regional District environmental services committee is re-examining its glass pickup policy following submissions from local breweries and recycling centres.

Staff will compile a report before a final decision is reached, said CRD director Ryan Windsor. The CRD board will meet for further discussion Dec. 9.

Much of the glass tossed into blue box recycling containers could be returned for refund, said Windsor, Central Saanich’s mayor. Glass is typically recycled for road base or insulation.

If the curbside collection of glass is discontinued, citizens would be expected to return bottles to depots and other businesses providing refunds. Non-refundable glass containers, such as jars, would also be the responsibility of residents.

Windsor, a member of the CRD’s environment committee, said he supports the move to halt curbside glass collection, in part because a reduced service would save taxpayers money.

Discontinuing curbside collection of glass containers would result in a net savings to the CRD of about $100,000 annually, CRD staff say in a report to the environment committee. The CRD pays Emterra Environmental about $5 million a year for collection service.

But CRD director Geoff Young said it is unreasonable to expect people to return non-refundable glass to recycling depots.

“I don’t think people should be required to worry about trips to the depot when they buy a jar of pickles,” the Victoria councillor said.

Curbside collection across much of the province changed in May 2014, when industry group Multi-Material B.C. took over responsibility for managing residential recycling.

MMBC has sought to discontinue curbside glass collection in favour of having residents take containers to recycling depots, the staff report says. However, it has accepted curbside glass collection provided the glass is separated.

Prior to MMBC, the report says, the CRD took any refundable containers collected through the curbside program to local bottle depots to obtain the refund, with the revenues helping to support the collection program.

The processing is now done by Green by Nature, which has moved much of the work to the Lower Mainland, the report says. As a result, local bottle depots have lost the handling fees for managing the containers.

Darcy Hipwell, who owns three Bottle Depot centres in Greater Victoria, estimated that 10 per cent of all glass is going into blue boxes. Of that, two-thirds has deposit value.

Breweries can reuse returned bottles up to 13 times on average, Hipwell said. Returning bottles also generates money for local businesses and charities.

“It’s a very environmentally responsible practice. … Somebody should be getting that cash refund and keeping the money in the local economy.”

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Junk Removal South Surrey BC

Focused film recycling effort yields 125 percent boost in volume

curated from plastics news

New Orleans — Education and access works.

Just ask the city of Vancouver, Wash., which has seen plastic film recycling significantly rise and contamination problems at a local recycling facility drastically decline.

Results of a campaign in Vancouver dubbed “Recycle Wrap/Beyond Bags” was unveiled at the Plastics Recycling 2016 conference in New Orleans.

Rich McConaghy was on the front lines of the program as environmental resources manager for the city Environmental Resources Division. He worked with the American Chemistry Council’s Wrap Recycling Action Program that uses public outreach and technical support to help divert polyethylene film from landfills — and recycling carts.

Vancouver, he said, “did see good results over the campaign period. We saw more than double, 125 percent, increase in volume of material.”

The WRAP program brought together the city and Clark County as well as the Safeway grocery store chain that provided collection sites for the plastic film. Trex Co. Inc., the plastic lumber company, also was involved as film collected in Vancouver was sent to that company for the production of composite lumber.

A key component to the program was educating citizens that plastic film should not go in their single-stream recycling carts. New signage and education helped citizens increase the amount of plastic bags, films and wraps at store-based collection points by the 125 percent.

Citizens, at first, were a bit confused about just what they could bring to the Safeway collection points. “Staring off, there was very little material besides bags coming in there,” McConaghy said. And the vast majority of those bags were from Safeway originally.

But as time went on and education continued, people came to realize that any PE bag or wrap, such as those used on cases of water, could be recycled through the collection points. Bags from other retailers then started showing up with more frequency, the city official said. And the amount of non-bag PE film grew by 500 percent during the course of the effort.

That volume wasn’t huge to begin with, he said. “But it did a have a huge increase in terms of the percentage of material that was non-shopping bag materials.”

“It grew by five times,” McConaghy said.

Increasing collection in stores correlated with a decrease in the number of bags placed in recycling carts. That meant that plastic bag contamination at a local materials recovery facility operated by Waste Connections Inc. fell by 75 percent, the trade group reported.

Plastic bags are typically incompatible with sorting equipment at MRFs. The bags get caught up in rotating disks that are designed to separate paper from other recyclables. The bags clog up the disks and don’t allow other recyclables to properly sort. Workers typically have to shut down the equipment repeatedly during the day to cut the tangled bags out of the equipment, causing substantial productivity losses.

Shari Jackson is director of film recycling in the Plastics Division of the Washington, D.C.-based ACC. “Education and collection, they are key factors in the increased recycling of this material,” she said, as there are now more than 18,000 collection sites for used PE film around the country.

“Film is in every household, every business. But it does need effective end-of-life options,” she said. “Through WRAP we can help accomplish increased recovery of PE film.”

McConaghy hopes success in Vancouver spurs interest in the WRAP program elsewhere.

“I’m hoping that my tale is maybe something that can be carried forward to other parts of the country, other parts of North America even, where folks may have the same opportunity,” he said.

WRAP is a key initiative of the ACC’s Flexible Film Recycling Group and is a self-funded group working to increase the recycling of PE film. “We work to promote film recovery, remove barriers and increase opportunity,” Jackson said.