Not all plastics can be recycled, but by late next spring, the list of accepted items should increase – at least at the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society.
Next May, Multi-Materials BC will start financing the District of Maple Ridge to start collecting printed paper and packaging – meaning the list of acceptable items will grow.
But in the meantime, Lorne Skoropada – the operations manager at the Albion depot – is asking consumers to be more cognizant of the plastics they buy.
“Most large items that people think are made of plastic are actually a composite of low-grade plastic, vinyl, & fibreglass,” he explained.
“Unfortunately these items are not recyclable. We only accept plastics with the mobius loop recycling symbol and the numbers 1, 2, 4, or 5 marked on it. When materials are dropped off at the depot that are non-recyclable, the society has to pay the garbage drop-off fee.”
While markets do open up for new items (the most recent being Styrofoam and cooking oil), there are still many everyday items on the market that cannot be recycled.
Until such time as the market for plastics expands further, Skorpada said the responsibility remains in the consumer’s hands.
He advises people to look before buying – see if it is recyclable.
“Check the packaging - if it is unlabelled plastic or has 3, 6, or 7, don’t buy it and tell your retail operator why,” he said.
The Maple Ridge recycling depot is located at 10092 236th St., just off River Road in the Albion industrial park.
In addition to items collected curbside, there are more than 200 items accepted at the depot for free drop-off or a small fee.
To download a complete list of items accepted at the recycling depot, go to www.rmrecycling.org.
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