Blue boxes

Resident upset with the recycling program in the North Okanagan

As a senior, I couldn’t agree more with Pat Black’s recent Personal Best column about recycling.

It’s a constant frustration. I only have one blue box, a smaller size, because I told Emterra the larger ones were too big for me to carry and Emterra would only give me one smaller one. When they delivered the smaller box, they took away the two larger boxes.

So all of my paper, cardboard, and allowable plastic is mixed up in one box. Brilliant. The day they tell me it’s not sorted properly will likely be the day I stop putting out the blue box.

I use a couple of big bags to save all of the plastic and bottles that won’t go in the blue box. Because I don’t have a car, I have to periodically walk to the Venture Training recycling depot, dragging a bundle buggy with the saved recycling. That’s fine in this sunny weather.

Will I do it dragging the buggy through snow and ice in the winter?

No, I will not.

Like Pat, I was a dedicated recycler. Now? Not so much. Thanks, Emterra and the B.C. government. You’ve ruined what was an excellent recycling system. I hope you’re very proud.

Jean Collier

Vernon