EDITORIAL: Blue box blues continue

Two weeks in and now residents across the North Okanagan have a taste of what the new recycling program is like.

And so far, reports are that a significant number want to trash it.

Apparently there are a number of residents out there who are in such protest over the new system that they are failing to recycle at all.

A few have continued to leave their blue bags out at the curb (which Emterra Environmental says it will not pick up).

Others are demanding change and using this new program, which was implemented by the B.C. government, into a basis for who they will (or will not) vote for in the next provincial election.

There have also been reports that some are taking their frustrations out on the messenger, namely the truck drivers who are simply hired to do the dirty work.

So along with the back breaking job of lifting blue boxes all day, these workers are getting an earful over something they are simply doing to earn a living. It doesn’t make their job any easier.

In fact, you might even sympathize with the workers during these past few rainy days.

Those lid-less blue bins have likely doubled in weight as all the paper and cardboard soak up the rain – making for an even tougher job.

But perhaps these first two weeks will prove to the higher ups at Emterra and MMBC that there are glitches to the program and some adjustments are needed. For example, rural areas like Enderby should be able to keep non-refundable glass collection bins, and perhaps even add in a plastic collection bin.

In the end, no matter if you’re a consumer, a business, a politicians or an MMBC executive, the main priority should be the environment.

The whole point of the program is to keep more items from the landfill.  The people are demanding some changes and it’s only fair that they be heard.

On the other hand, if you’re protesting the whole program by not recycling at all, the only one you’re hurting is the Earth.


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