New charges discourage recycling, says business owner

  • Oct. 21, 2014 3:00 p.m.

A Queen Charlotte business owner says she has stopped recycling because it costs too much money. Jackie Wilson of Charlisle Clothiers told the Observer she was a dedicated recycler until the Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District started charging businesses to drop off recyclable material at the Queen Charlotte depot. The new charges, introduced in September, have also prompted questions from the Queen Charlotte hospital. Ms Wilson said she used to drop off recycling twice a week at the local depot, including bundles of cardboard, plastics and bags of shredded paper. “Whatever we can recycle, we would do,” she said. Now she is facing charges of between $40 and $50 a week to drop off the material – over $2,000 a year. It’s cheaper to just put it out with the trash or take it to the dump, she said. Ms Wilson said she already pays a monthly garbage fee to the regional district. She also pays business property taxes to the regional district. She doesn’t understand why those fees don’t cover recycling and why the regional district has decided to start charging businesses extra. Businesses in Prince Rupert do not have to pay to drop off recycling and are enjoying a new recycling facility – operated by the regional district – that just opened earlier this month. Ms Wilson said she also doesn’t understand why the regional district would approve new charges that would have the effect of discouraging recycling, possibly diverting more garbage to the local landfill. “I am beyond discouraged that this is happening,” she said. “It goes beyond everything I believe in.” Ms Wilson spoke to the regional district about her concerns when it met Oct. 17. More in this week’s Observer.

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