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Kamloops joining provincial recycling program

February 01, 2017 - 6:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - The City of Kamloops is finally joining the province’s Multi-Material B.C. recycling program.

The program will change what residents can leave on their curbs.

New materials, such as pizza boxes, aerosol cans and pet food bags will be added to the list, while glass and plastic bags are coming off, though they’ll still be accepted at the Lorne Street Bottle Depot and General Grants Recycling Centres, according to a City of Kamloops media release.

The change in what can be put in your blue bin will start in April.

The city will be gaining $1.1 million in revenue from the Multi-Material B.C. recycling program and saving $800,000 in hauling costs. Mayor Peter Milobar says it’s worth the trade off.

“We will happily accept $1.1 million in exchange for taking glass and plastic film out of the curbside program,” he says in the release.

The city declined to join the program at its inception in 2013 due to a lack of information, but decided to pursue the program shortly after. The city was initially rejected in 2014.

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