To the Editor,
Since Nanaimo residents are by now fully versatile in separating food waste from trash, and recyclables from glass, plastic or Styrofoam, the blue bag/containers should not be eliminated as planned. Rather, blue containers should be re-used to accept at curbside glass containers and plastic materials and ship them to Multi Material B.C. drop-off sites. The new, blue scheduled pickups could be made at intervals that coincide with other regular pickups. This will save the city a bundle on collection cost. Everyone else that would otherwise need to drive to one of MMBC drop-off locations and waste gasoline and time, would benefit as well.
To transport individually boxes of Styrofoam, bottles, pickle or jam jars to specified MMBC drop-off locations is not an environmentally friendly solution. Given that MMBC is a non-profit corporation there should be no objections to co-operate with the citizens.
Do not eliminate blue box. This is an opportunity to expend and actuality get some benefit from residential recycling by MMBC.
To the Editor,
I cannot believe that the worst item that pollutes, plastic bags, are not to be included in our roadside pickup.
A lot of people will not drive out of their way to go to one of the drop-off centers. They’ll find it easier to just stick them in their garbage can. Even using my cloth bags, I still end up with too much plastic.
Let’s use the blue bags for plastic bags only – we already have them in use now but won’t need them after May 19.