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Is plastic distributed by city of Coquitlam recyclable?

The Editor,

I find it ironic that the plastic, biodegradable wrapping that contained the information on the new Coquitlam recycling guidelines that took effect July 1 is not recyclable. According to what I have read, there is no method of handling biodegradable plastics so it must go into the garbage.

Gail Campbell, Coquitlam

 

Editor’s note: That’s what we thought but here’s what the city of Coquitlam had to say:

Under regulations of Multi-Material BC, which is in charge of Coquitlam recycling, all plastic bags and overwrap can only be recycled at Return-It depots. These include:

• clear or opaque plastic bags for groceries, dry cleaning, bread, newspapers and flyers;

• bags for produce, pre-washed salad, dry bulk foods and frozen vegetables;

• outer bags and wrap for diaper and feminine hygiene products, paper towels, tissues, bulk paper products and soft drink can flats;

• bags for water softener, salt, wood pellet and garden product bags;

For more information, including locations of depots, visit recyclinginbc.ca/coquitlam.

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