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LETTER: Action needed to promote recycling

 A letter writer argues for changes in provincial regulations to encourage large grocery store to recycle more pop bottles and cans. -  EVAN SEAL / THE LEADER
A letter writer argues for changes in provincial regulations to encourage large grocery store to recycle more pop bottles and cans.
— image credit: EVAN SEAL / THE LEADER

I have been on a bit of an environmental crusade lately. 

I have been contacting my local MLA’s office, the media, and environmental organizations about recycling pop bottles.

There is a law on the books that allows retailers to accept only 24 bottles or cans from one individual in one day.

The law was put into place to cut down on line-ups of people with garbage bags full of empties for recycling at busy supermarkets.

I feel this is ridiculous.

Large grocery stores such as Safeway, Save-On-Foods, and Superstore could receive hundreds, if not thousands, of bottles each and every day.  I feel all the cans and bottles should be recycled.

If the recycling law was to change and grocery stores had to recycle all the pop bottles they receive, some smaller stores may not have the capacity to handle all the returned bottles.  In this case, any new legislation will have to provide for a customer limit on how many bottles people can return per day at the smaller stores. 

Now with Premier Campbell and the Liberals on the environmental bandwagon, the provincial government needs to put their money where their mouth is and take some action. 

Let’s hope they can pass legislation that would put all grocers on a level playing field and give them a mandate to recycle all their pop cans and bottles.

Amar Sangha

North Delta

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