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Posted: January 23, 2018

City starting recycling pilot program

The City of Cranbrook is launching a beverage container recycling initiative for the downtown area.

Cranbrook CAO David Kim

City chief administrative officer David Kim reported to council last night that with the support of the Downtown Business Association the city will be working alongside Encorp Pacific to provide four recycling bins for the collection of bottles and beverage containers.

Encorp, a federally incorporated, not-for-profit, product stewardship corporation with empty beverage container management as its core business, is providing the four blue bins at no charge.

“They will be non-locking/self-servicing bins that will allow citizens to collect the bottles,” Kim told council.

“Local non-profit groups are also encouraged to participate in collecting the beverage containers from the blue bins. In other centres, these initiatives have allowed cities to not be burdened with the cost of collecting beverage containers as they will be self-serviced by residents wanting to retrieve the deposit refund attached to each container,” he added.

City staff will assess the ongoing operation of the bins during the pilot program, which will start in the spring and roll through the summer.

Following the assessment city staff will make a recommendation to council as to whether to continue/expand the program, Kim said.

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