Should we scrap the deposit system

I requested a meeting with the Minstry of the Environment at the annual UBCM convention to discuss merging the deposit recycling system with the curbside recycling system.  There has been ample critical commentary (e.g., Facebook), so I thought I should take a few minutes to sketch out the issues and underlying rationale for this.

We have two recycling systems in BC:

If your recycling is not picked up

Just got the following note from Cam at the RDOS about recycling.  Garbage/recycling is one of the most expensive (and beneficial!) things we do at the RDOS. To minimize the costs for everyone, we ask you to do a little bit of work on your end, while you still have the item of waste in your hand.

From Cam:

Due to a resident’s concerns I went along West Bench Drive today. I checked over 20 recycle bags that were left. They were all left for contaminates in the recycling, which I confirmed. Materials that we cannot accept that are in the bags left today:

Garbage, recycling, and yard waste

The RDOS administers curbside pick-up of garbage, recycling, and yard waste pickup for the more urban parts of Area F (essentially the greater West Bench).  These three waste streams are increasingly treated separately for one simple reason: the Campbell Mountain Landfill is filling up and it will be very expensive to close (when the time comes) and replace.  We all have a strong economic incentive to keep as much waste as possible out of the landfill so that we can delay this expense as long as possible.