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LETTER: Recycling stumbles at commercial level

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If you have been observing the recycling efforts in the province over

the past couple of years you have probably noticed that the separate

bins for compost, waste and recyclables have disappeared from many

restaurants and other businesses. Sometimes the bins are still there,

without labels. In a few examples, the labels are even still there, but

the refuse from those bins is mixed together when it is removed.

At the residential level, we should be proud that, in the face of

cumbersome requirements, we have an excellent record for the percentage of waste that we are able to recycle.

At the commercial level, however, the requirements have either been eliminated or are unenforced. Too difficult for businesses (who presumably have staff who could be assigned to handle this issue), but not a problem for individuals who have no help at all?

The recycling police (in their fossil fueled van) drive around looking for snotty Kleenex in the wrong colour bag while tons of unsorted commercial waste are passed by with no concern.

It's past time for this lackadaisical approach to commercial recycling

to be reversed. All of us, residential and commercial, need to pull our


Harry Smith,


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