Kamloops residents appear to be getting message about recycling changes

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KAMLOOPS - After more than a month under new recycling regulations, Kamloops residents are beginning to adjust.

In weekly surveys of 1,000 bins city staff have seen a decrease in the number of bins with non-recyclable material, according to a City of Kamloops media release.

During the first week of the new program more than 75 per cent of the bins had something in them they shouldn’t have. That’s down to around 9 per cent after a month, environmental services manager Glen Farrow says.

“What we still encounter are materials being placed in recycling carts that aren’t accepted under the new program and were not accepted under the previous program,” he says in the release. “Examples include garden hoses, clothes, yard waste and scrap metal.”

A new education plan is coming next week from the City to help continue to improve residents’ knowledge of what can and can’t be recycled, including tagging bins with the wrong material inside.

“If residents notice that their cart has been tagged ahead of the collection truck arriving, it would be great if they could remove the unaccepted items prior to collection,” Farrow says. “However, unless the tag specifies that your cart will not be collected, the collection truck will still follow behind to empty your recycling cart.”

The City joined the proincial recycling program earlier this year and the new regulations came into place April 3.

One of the new regulations is now plastic bags are not part of pick up services. Shar Froese has found another purpose for the bags.

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