BC Parks expands ‘Bear Smart’ recycling program

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KAMLOOPS – The Ministry of Environment and Encorp Pacific are continuing their initiative to bring a “bear smart” recycling program to B.C. provincial parks with the goal of keeping our parks safe and clean.

The specially designed bear-proof metal bins encourage park users to be diligent about recycling their used beverage containers. Sixty-one new bear-proof recycle bins are being placed in eight popular BC Parks: Cultus Lake (near Chilliwack), Goldstream (near Victoria), Rathtrevor Beach (near Parksville), Alice Lake (near Squamish), Paul Lake (near Kamloops), Wells Gray (near Clearwater), Manning (in between Hope and Princeton) and Golden Ears (near Maple Ridge). Encorp Pacific has contributed 121 recycling bins to the program with a total value of $184,000.

Expanding on a successful pilot launched in May 2009, the program promotes responsible recycling in provincial parks while deterring bears. Once bears find an easily accessible source of food, they often return to those areas. Encorp’s “bear smart” recycling initiative is helping to reduce the number of bear-human conflicts.

The “bear smart” recycling program’s main goal is to encourage industries to be more responsible for managing what happens to their products once the consumer is done using them. BC Parks and Encorp Pacific will continue to promote effective waste management systems.

Encorp Pacific is a stewardship program and industry-led agency that is responsible for management and recycling of empty beverage containers. Encorp’s mandate is to develop, manage and improve systems to ensure that used containers are properly recycled and diverted from landfills.