CVRD Electoral Area F Director Ian Morrison demonstrates how to use the film plastics recycling bin in Mesachie Lake. Morrison initiated the project to reduce household waste

CVRD film plastics pilot project officially launched

CVRD film plastics pilot project officially launched last Monday in Mesachie Lake and Honeymoon Bay.

Residents of Honeymoon Bay and Mesachie Lake now have access to a new option for recycling film plastic.

On Monday, new collection bins were set up in Honeymoon Bay and Mesachie Lake community hall postal locations.

Residents can now use the bins to drop off film plastic including grocery bags, bread bags and produce bags free of charge.

The pilot program offers residents a local opportunity to recycle film plastic, which is no longer accepted in curbside recycling since the introduction of the new Multi-Material BC program earlier this year.

Prior to the launch of the pilot program, options for disposing of film plastic were limited to taking it to the CVRD’s Meade Creek Recycling Centre for recycling, or throwing it in the trash.

“I’m pretty darn excited,” said CVRD Electoral Area F Director Ian Morrison.

“We now offer another local solution to film plastic recycling. We know people want to do the right thing and this gives everyone a convenient option, now that film plastics can no longer be recycled at the curb.”

Bins will be available during post office hours only and will accept clean, residential film plastic.

Other household recyclables should be placed in curbside recycling or taken to the CVRD’s Meade Creek Recycling Centre at 8875 Youbou Road.

Some grocery stores will also accept clean grocery bags for recycling.

The pilot program will run for 90 days and, during this time, bins will be checked for contamination and usage will be monitored.

This information will be used to help inform a decision about continuing the program once the pilot program is complete.

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