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Recycling causing confusion across the region

SURREY (NEWS1130) – While there are a lot of recycling rules that are standardized across the region, glass is not.

The City of Surrey is one of the few which doesn’t pick up glass in a grey bin curbside and you have to take it in yourself.

Councillor Bruce Hayne claims compliance has been high.

“About one per cent of our recyclables in our blue box is glass. So that’s well within the margin of error so we’re not finding glass showing up in other waste streams so people are taking it to the recycling depots themselves,” he says.

Despite this, Hayne thinks the next step is having one rule for every city because there is confusion from municipality to municipality.

Meanwhile, many of us are working to understand the new food scraps program in Metro Vancouver, but it turns out we may not have a strong grasp on all of the region’s recycling rules.

Some people we spoke with are still fairly confused.

Kari from Ladner thinks the regional district could make more of an effort to explain things. “I know what most things are just because of the years of doing it, but I also know that there’s a lot of people who don’t have a clue. And they don’t have a clue and they don’t know what to do with it. Where to put it, which bin to put it in. Paper versus newspaper versus magazine paper and all of that.”

Some of the confusion stems from the difference in recycling rules across municipalities. For example, some pick up glass others don’t, some are further along with their food scraps program than others.