Transportation effect negates recycling benefit

I wonder about the wisdom of the council for now listing items that should be recycled and won’t be picked up curbside

I wonder about the wisdom of the council for now listing items that should be recycled and won’t be picked up curbside, but have to be sorted and taken to the depot.

One of the council’s loudest arguments for adding the cost of garbage and recycling pick-up to our taxes, was to reduce the amount of harmful emissions put out by all those people driving to the dump and recycling depot. Now, we get the eco-friendly benefit of having our garbage and select recycle items picked up at the end of the driveway, plus the added joy of socializing at the recycling depot with all our neighbours when we deliver our non-curbside items. By requiring them to take their recyclables to a depot, you have dragged the reluctant, anti-social citizens of Salmon Arm out of their comfy ruts and thrown them headlong into being the social butterflies you know they secretly wish to be.  I am not alone in offering my heartfelt gratitude to you, for knowing what my social circle was missing.

But, here’s the slight blemish in your otherwise stellar plan, either pick up all the recycling at the end of the driveways, or, have us enjoy the added social benefits of taking our recycling to the depot and stop charging for the recycling run the Progressive trucks make. What will I do with all that money I save when you cease charging for a service you only half deliver?  Most likely use it to put gas in my car so I can go to the recycling depot.

Susan Shantz

 

 

Salmon Arm Observer