The Regional District of North Okanagan is no longer taking hard cover books or plastic film at its Recycling Drop Centres.
Dale Danallanko with the Regional District says its heard from contractor Waste Connections of Canada that due to changes in global markets those products aren’t acceptable.
“Plastic film and hard cover books are no longer being accepted in mixed paper loads and plastic film is problematic in that there is no market for that.”
The issue isn’t just here and is part of world-wide recycling reform.
“Majority of recycling from North America goes to China. They have instituted some significant changes in what they are accepting into the market in China and that has had implications all across North America.”
Mike says the problem with hard cover books is the binding.
Plastic film in itself poses a different issue.
“Plastic film is very, very light. It is a problematic commodity so excluding these from our bins will be a benefit to our processor as well.”
You can still drop them off hard cover books and plastic film at Recycle BC Depots in Vernon, Armstrong and Lumby.
Danallanko says the market is evolving and there may be more changes coming.
He says it’s his understanding a lot of material is sitting waiting for a home.
The public is reminded to be aware of what is acceptable and not in recycling and keep contaminants out of your recycling.
He says if that can be managed, the markets would be more receptive to our material.