Two events in the past week showed a large difference in the view people take towards recycling.
The first was actually two visits to the Centre by individuals who live at the lake. They stopped by to pay their recycling support fee for 2020. One realized he missed 2019 and paid for it too.
The municipal governments support recycling with grants based on a fee of $11.75/person. This is needed to help cover the cost of processing recycling at the Centre.
Since there is no governing body to pay that support for those living at the lake, we have asked lake residents to pay $25.00/household to support the processing of their recyclables.
These people understand that there are costs associated with recycling and are willing to help out.
The other was a phone call from an employee of a business. He said they had a pile of cardboard that was headed for the landfill. He asked if we would come pick it up.
I said we would if someone would pay the pick up fee of $23.00 plus GST.
He indicated the business was unlikely to pay. So, we didn’t pick it up unfortunately.
I mentioned that cardboard can be left in the trailer at the landfill. He indicated it wouldn’t be separated out. It was all headed to the landfill. I understood that it was going into the dumpster.
The Recycling Centre is operated by a non-profit organization but we need to cover the cost of owning and operating a vehicle and paying our employees.
Many understand that the financial costs of recycling are worth it. Others may need some regulations to get in the habit.