Recycling is not worth my time

Tree-hugging B.C. could learn from Alberta.

I was in a place the other day that had a Leader article from Nov. 4 on the bulletin board. The article was about recycling and too much stuff still going to the landfill.

Well, my comment is too bad. Get over it. And here is why.

I moved to Chilliwack last January from Edmonton. When I recycled in Edmonton, I used to crush my pop cans and milk cartons and fill a garbage bag, take it to the recycling depot, rip the bag open, dump the contents on the counter, and they would count them, chuck them in bins and give me my $12 to $15, all in about five minutes.

Well, this is B.C., eh. With the tree huggers, it should be just as good or even better to recycle here. Huh, was I in for a surprise.

Must first experience was my last. Two big bags full of crushed pop cans and milk just should net me about $25. So off to the recycling depot I went. First they were upset because the items were crushed. They wanted me to empty the bags, put them in flats so they could count them, and told me the milk cartons were worth nothing. I was there for 20 minutes filling flats with crushed pop cans,  putting them on a cart and then having them counted, only to find out in the end they were only worth about $10. Needless to say, I was ticked.  All that effort and work for nothing. I just looked at the guy and said, “I wont be back.”  And I wont be.

Moral of the story: B.C. – you do not make it worth my time or effort to worry about your recycling programs. Take a tip from how Alberta does it.

Now I just wait till the bottle pickers come around and let them worry about it. Or I chuck them in the garbage.

Allen Baltzer, Surrey

 

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