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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Rethinking Recycling in Saugeen Shores

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Councillor John Rich points out people have to reduce their consumption, have to re-use things and then recycle

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The Chair of Bruce Area Solid Waste Recycling wants people to re-think recycling.

Rich says people are making a good effort to recycle, however, what they may not realize is in "single source recycling, 30 to 40% of that material goes directly to landfill."

He says "We focus so hard on recycling that we've forgotten what the other two tenets of environmentalism are."

Rich points out people have to reduce their consumption, have to re-use things and then recycle.

He tells the story of people asking him why milk cartons are not recycled in Saugeen Shores and he answers back with a qeustion of why people don't buy glass milk bottles that can be re-used.

The discussion came up at the April 23rd Saugeen Shores council meeting, where councillors agreed to support the province's goal to decrease the amount of waste going to landfill; increase the province's overall diversion rate and reduce greenhouse gases from the waste sector.

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