Recycling and collection rates going down for Areas F and I

The CVRD is reducing its rates for recycling and collection services across the board

The CVRD is reducing its rates for recycling and collection services across the board, which means that residents in Areas F and I can expect to save a little on their basic rates this year.

On June 8, the CVRD passed a motion to amend its garbage and/or recyclable materials collection bylaw.

The changes mean the rates in the Lake’s electoral areas will drop from $170 to $138.

“This falls into one of those categories that I would say is: ‘promise kept,’” said Area F director Ian Morrison.

“Prior to the CVRD making a big move to bring the curbside collection back in-house, we contracted with private industry… I felt as an area director, and a guy who actually has to pay two of these bills because I own two properties, I felt that private industry was gouging us.”

Morrison said the savings should be passed on to citizens because they act as sorters of recyclable and garbage material before they are taken away from the curb. However, he stressed the importance of remaining vigilant about which material can be recycled.

“That level of rebate can’t be continued if we start getting penalized for contamination in the recycling,” he said.