Fires, filth, scavengers force end to white recycling bins

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Big, white recycling bins dotting Cowichan sites will vanish May 19, regional brass say.

They blame arson fires, plus errant garbage dumping, at the seven unstaffed bins — which have been well-used by many locals over the years, but have been made at least partly redundant by the regional curbside recycling program launched last year.

“There have been significant problems with illegal dumping of non-recyclable materials such as household garbage, couches, mattresses, and hazardous waste,” the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s website reads.

“Managing and processing of the collected material is becoming increasingly difficult due to overwhelming contamination. Resulting untidiness surrounding the bins is disruptive to the host locations, the public attempting to use the bins, and to the hauler contracted to clean up.”

Also, bylaw staff constantly answers public complaints of “aggressive scavengers and loitering” around the bins.

“All of these factors have led to increased program expense. Maintaining the program would mean a significant cost increase,” the CVRD says.

All products accepted in the bins, excluding glass and film plastics, can be recycled as part of the region-wide residential curbside-collection program.

Glass and film plastics can be dropped at CVRD recycling centres at Bings Creek, Peerless Road and Meade Creek.

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