#2018-01 News Release: Smithers Wins Reducing Recycling Contaminants Competition

January 9, 2018

[SMITHERS] – The Town of Smithers has won first place in the Reducing Contaminants Recycling Competition! The Town will receive a prize of a bench made out of recycled plastic for reducing rates of contamination by 40%.

In June, 2017 three municipalities challenged each other to reduce contamination levels in their community’s curbside recycling programs. Recycle BC facilitated the challenge using its audit data to determine the results. High levels of contamination pose a big challenge for collection, post-collection processing, worker’s safety and the environment. By reducing the overall average contamination rate, citizens help to improve the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the recycling process.

“It’s great to hear our community has managed to reduce recycling contamination by such a large percentage. Thank you to all of our residents who are paying extra attention to the materials they are putting in their curbside recycling containers. Together, we can minimize the amount of waste heading to our landfill” said Smithers Mayor Taylor Bachrach.

The Town of Smithers would like to extend its appreciation to the District of Port Hardy and the District of Summerland for participating in the challenge, with special recognition for the District of Port Hardy in their hard work to reduce contamination even further than the existing rate of 2.2%.

Visit the Town of Smithers website or download the Recycle Coach™ app from the iTunes Store and Google Play to view a complete list of accepted and not accepted recycling items.

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For more information, please contact:
Jessica Bagnall, NDIT Intern, jbagnall@smithers.ca