Penticton recycling change a pain

The less it’s convenient for residents, the less recycling will happen.

When BFI took over the recycling contract two years ago, they raised the rate, and cut the pick up schedule from weekly to bi-weekly. That was their choice.

Consequently it weighs twice as much. Didn’t that come into the planning?

Now they are pleading for their employees’ health. They want to have us use large rolling bins so they can mechanize pick ups. Currently it’s easy to locate the blue boxes in a basement, or back porch, where it’s easy to store the recycling, until pick up day.

With the rolling bins we’ll need to store them outside, where it’s very inconvenient to deposit items day after day. It’s hot in summer, and cold in winter. It’s my prediction that participation will dwindle.  Look at your neighbourhood on recycling day now, and see the sparse participation. The less it’s convenient for residents, the less recycling will happen.

Somehow every change that comes our way is designed for the convenience of BFI.  Doesn’t the city hold companies to their contract. Why did they sign a five-year contract, and then agree to make changes along the way? Maybe we should give the contract to UPS. Their employees can lift 50 lbs all day.

Steve Brooks

Penticton