Recycling should be compulsory
I was amazed to find out that recycling is an option for business, and even for large residential buildings. A friend who lives in a 50-unit residential building (near Broadway and Commercial) found out that they were not recycling anything. When she brought it up with the landlord, he said that it was not required and that it was a waste of money.
Even if fines are not in place, recycling should be mandatory. If the city still needs to charge extra to finance this service , it should not be an option.
There are similar ideas about recycling, including fees and limits, etc. Maybe all these can be amalgamated into one idea?
Vancouverites and visitors want to recycle, so make it possible for them – in the office, in stores, malls, restaurants, gyms, clubs, sidewalks, transit lines, etc. There are trash bins all over the place – if the option of recycling and possibility even composting is as easy as tossing unwanted items in the trash, people will recycle and compost. Imagine how much could be diverted from landfills if office and apartment buildings all had mandated recycling centres of not only the basics like glass, plastic, tin, paper, cardboard, but also less commonly recycled items like tetra packs, batteries, etc.
My understanding is that there are city and regional bylaws banning disposal of a wide range of recyclable materials. The Mayor and Council need to tell us whether these bylaws are being enforced, and if not why not. Law-abiding citizens expect property managers and their tenants (whether residential or commercial) to pull their weight like the rest of us.
Juvarya Warsi commented
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CoV Zero Waste Working Group commented
Under the City of Vancouver Solid Waste By-law, the City provides recycling collection service to all single-family and multi-family properties and each property is charged with an annual recycling service fee. Therefore, regardless of whether the property is using City recycling collection or not, the property is still being charged. Perhaps ask your friend to contact the City to figure out what is going on with recycling for that residential building.