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REPORTING · 21st July 2014
Walter McFarlane
If you do not recycle your cardboard, you may face a $75 fine. At the Regular Meeting of Council on Monday, July 8th, Council gave the Residential Cardboard ban three readings as well as final adoption to a bylaw which would speed up the way the ticketing process.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff moved the three readings of the Cardboard Ban Bylaw. His motion included direction to administration to undertake a public education campaign between July 21st and September 1st.

Feldhoff wanted to know if the Residential Cardboard Ban was included in the ticketing bylaw. He was told it was not but the bylaw for the ban would take care of it. He also confirmed the bylaw would not be enforced until September 1st.

The ticketing bylaw was adopted and the Cardboard Ban was given 3 readings.

A memo to Council from CAO Ron Poole explained that most people in Kitimat already recycle their cardboard down at Kitimat Understanding the Environment (KUTE). The cost of this bylaw is estimated at $16,000. $2000 of the funding will be for a public re-education campaign of mailed out brochures. If the additional cardboard overwhelms KUTE, then they will need $14,000 for an additional .5 of a worker.

“A change in public behavior is required to successfully implement a ban of residential cardboard from the municipal landfill. For example, it is important the citizens of understand that when cardboard gets wet or stained by a liquid, it is non-recyclable due to ‘Contamination.’ Therefore, they must manage this recyclable by keeping it dry,” reads the memo.

The Draft Bylaw defines the excluded cardboard as being: “Impregnated with blood, grease, oil, chemicals, food residue, or wax; has polyethylene, polystyrene, foil, or other non-paper liner; or is contaminated with a material which will render the cardboard unmarketable.”

According to Deputy CAO, Warren Waycheshen, it will be up to the waste contractors to note where there are offenders and have staff follow up. If there are a lot of offenders, a District employee might even patrol and give letters explaining the rules to the homeowners. However, he hopes people will learn the system.

The Draft Bylaw returns to Council tonight for final adoption.
Comment by Larry Walker on 22nd July 2014
I could not agree more........
Comment by Concerned citizen on 22nd July 2014
I am wondering, will the KUTE hours be extended? For an office worker, weekdays are inaccessible which only leaves Saturdays - a very limited time frame. Furthermore, what about individuals that do not drive?
Cardboard Recycling
Comment by Jim on 21st July 2014
Perhaps council and administration should educate us in the value of cardboard recycling ( if their is one) . Is this a worthwhile effort . Will this recycling program sustain itself from the money it gets from the cardboard or will it need additional tax dollars every year to hire employees and pay for shipping it out etc .The whole idea I thought was to extend the life of the landfill . Clean cardboard turns back to pulp and biodegrades quickly how can this have much of a impact on the landfill. On the other hand huge volumes of asphalt shingles etc. are put in the landfill every year which don't biodegrade and will be their forever leaching into the ground they are also recyclable you know. And what about the people that don't drive ( senior citizens etc. how do they get their cardboard to Kute . Just saying.