Thompson-Nicola Regional District (TNRD) staff recently reported they have compiled statistics for recycling in the region, and once again it’s on the rise. Recycling increased by about 200 tonnes last year compared to 2010.
“Recycling has significantly increased since we’ve started recycling programs within the region,” said Jamie Vieira, environmental services technologist.
The total amount of household recycling collected at TNRD sites in 2011 was 2,220 tonnes, the total recycling was comprised of 563 tonnes of corrugated cardboard, 1,604 tonnes of comingled blue bag recycling and 26 tonnes of container glass.
Also since the adoption of the Solid Waste Management Plan in 2008 the TNRD has seen a drastic reduction in the number of garbage bins hauled from rural transfer stations from 2,200 bins in 2008 to less than 1,200 bins in 2011.
The reduction of waste coincides with the implementation of the Solid Waste Management Plan that brought household recycling region-wide. The TNRD also credits the reduction in waste to the Recycle Now and Save communication program, improved efficiency in hauling systems, and moving away from unattended sites to attended waste management facilities.