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