LETTER: Recycling shouldn’t be an endurance test

Reader C. Boyd has many questions about rural recycling.

Re: Abandoned blue bags clutter RDCK transfer station

Are the new transfer station recycle bins a safety test? Or an endurance test? While people work out a system that works, the bins raise issues.

One is a safety issue around having to handle sharp objects like can lids. Because only very small parcels of recycle materials fit through bin openings, people are pushing parcels or hand-feeding items from their blue bags. It is natural to want to do this quickly, opening the door for an accidental injury from something sharp.

The question of convenience and lifestyle accommodation is also a concern. The former open bin style allowed us to line a full-sized garbage container at home, fill it, and conveniently recycle. For me that was once in three weeks. One trip, one minute, simple.

Yesterday, I did my first planned, small bundle dump after the initial shock of having to hand-feed dozens of blue bag contents and remain conscious of sharps, into the new bin. This is like a science puzzle.

One upside is that we now can re-use all those retail shopping bags they can be recycled fill them, put them in a lined garbage container at home, bring to the recycle site, and hand feed numerous small bags into the bin. Not ideal but better than stuffing a blue bag in and completely blocking one of the only two holes.

I discovered yesterday, the round hole accommodates little other than individual glass items. But what really gets me is the rectangular shaped hole. I mean, who makes rectangular shaped garbage bins, liners or shopping bags that one can fill up and slide through that hole meant for cardboard?

C. Boyd, Nelson

Just Posted

Leafs add 2 players at KIJHL trade deadline

Nelson also traded defenceman Tyson Soobotin to Castlegar

VIDEO: Kootenay drug users fight stigma with video series

The multi-part series from ANKORS is meant to align with the goals of the Nelson Fentanyl Task Force

Nelson police warn of counterfeit money in city

The department says it has received multiple reports of fake Canadian and U.S. cash

Nelson library asks city for 2 per cent funding increase

The increase would cover inflation, increased use, stagnant provincial funding, and a negotiated wage increase

Trail cannabis shop gets green light from province

The Higher Path hopes to open doors in next couple of weeks

VIDEO: Monday Roundup

The Star’s weekly news roundup

B.C. city’s computer system suffered malware attack last year

No personal data was compromised when City of Cranbrook was hit by ransomware last spring.

Letters on way to all homeowners in B.C. speculation tax communities

Property owners have to register to avoid vacant-home tax

New orca calf in Salish Sea ‘healthy and active’

Birth cause for celebration but things still dire genetically, expert says

Good Samaritan rescues cat found in heaps of garbage at B.C. landfill

The cat was abandoned and left to die at the Foothills Boulevard Regional Landfill, the BC SPCA says

East Kootenay town pitches $80m multi-purpose community centre

City of Fernie vies for slice of cost-sharing pie to integrate recreation facilities into new centre

Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna home to Canada’s most expensive rentals: report

According to PadMapper, units in larger B.C. cities cost $1,300 to more than $3,000

B.C. home sales drop 25% in 2018

The B.C. Real Estate Association points to the federal government’s mortage stress test

Canada asks China for clemency for B.C. man sentenced to death, Freeland says

Robert Lloyd Schellenberg was sentenced to 15 years, but after new trial, was sentenced to die

Most Read