Changes coming to Kamloops recycling

By James Peters
February 1, 2017 - 5:32pm

KAMLOOPS — Nearly four years after Multi-Material BC began to take over residential recycling in the province, it has reached an agreement to add Kamloops to its service.

The city will turn over its recycling to MMBC in April, and in doing so gain $1.1 million in annual revenue.

Streets and Environmental Services Manager Glen Farrow says little will change for the average resident.

"We still be collecting recycling with the same trucks, same day, same collection routes. The simplicity of our system, one stop shop, co-mingled product mix, and we are thankful for that," said Farrow.

Farrow notes as of the April switchover date, residents will no longer be able to use the service for glass or film plastic.

As for the new revenue, Mayor Peter Milobar says that gives the city a couple of options.

"We had to set the rates this year before we knew for sure whether we were in MMBC. What that does do is provide us the opportunity to have that conversation around having expanded services for almost, hopefully, around the same dollars we are currently charging. We are looking at keeping the service level where it is at, but reducing charges," said Milobar

Milobar notes the city has held several meetings with the province in the past year to ask for help in joining MMBC, so today's announcement is an exciting one.

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