Graphic shows what items are presently being accepted for recycling by the TNRD and what items are not.

Contaminated recyclables a growing issue

The TNRD is working on changes to its recycling system to ensure recycling can continue

Submitted

Thompson-Nicola Regional District is asking residents to be more vigilant about disposing of recyclable materials.

This comes after the TNRD’s recycling processor, Emterra Environmental, recently informed the TNRD that it would no longer accept mixed recycling, citing high contamination levels.

Due to international pressures, such as China’s new “National Sword” policy, there is now no longer a market for mixed recycling with any level of contamination. This means that processors like Emterra cannot sell this product.

READ MORE: Plastic bags must be separated out of recyclables (Sept. 7, 2017)

“The biggest source of contamination is from the municipal recycling depots and curbside-collected recycling,” says Jamie Vieira, manager of environmental services at the TNRD. “This is to be expected as there is no one monitoring what goes in the bin. It is up to individual residents if we are to avoid sending mixed recycling to landfill.”

In response to this, the TNRD is asking for residents’ help by ensuring that they are carefully following the accepted materials guidelines for mixed recycling. Contamination comes in several forms, such as food residues on otherwise acceptable items, household garbage being put into mixed recycling bins, or even items that are recyclable but are not part of the mixed recycling program.

The TNRD is working on changes to its recycling system to ensure recycling can continue. If you have questions, please contact the TNRD or go to tnrd.ca



newsroom@clearwatertimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

‘Beauty amongst such tragedy:’ B.C. photographer captures nature’s trifecta

David Luggi’s photo from a beach in Fraser Lake shows Shovel Lake wildfire, Big Dipper and an aurora

New Barriere Fire Chief appointed

Ashley Wohlgemuth first woman to serve as Fire Chief in Barriere

B.C. declares state of emergency as more than 560 wildfires rage

This is only the fourth state of emergency ever issued during a fire season

Third overall in Canada for McLure, B.C. cowboy

McLure junior bull rider, Jake Bradley, finished third overall at the recent… Continue reading

UPDATE: 5 injured in plane crash following Abbotsford International Airshow

One in critical condition in incident involving vintage plane

‘We will not forget:’ Thousands attend funeral fallen Fredericton officers

Hundreds of officials marched in the parade, which included massed band, several police motorcycles

B.C. man designer behind Canucks’ retro jersey

Jeremie White was 20 years old when he told Canucks assistant GM Brian Burke he had a design

Lions give up late TD in 24-23 loss to Argos

B.C. falls to 3-5, fumbling away last-minute chance in Toronto

Eagle tree cut down legally a 1st for B.C. city

Planned eagle preserve ‘a first for City of Surrey’

Northern B.C. residents face more evacuation orders as some smoke clears up

Regional District of BulkleyNechako issued new, expanded evacuation orders for remote areas Saturday

Smoky skies like a disappearing act for sights, monuments around B.C.

Haze expected to last the next several days, Environment Canada said

Canadians react to death of former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan at age 80

Nobel Peace Prize-winning former UN leader died early Saturday following a short illness

44 drownings so far this year in B.C.

Lifesaving Society urging caution to prevent deaths while on lakes, oceans and in pools

Most Read