BY: FLAVIO NIENOW
Last year the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) announced that a region-wide cardboard ban would be in effect starting July 1, 2016.
Beginning July 1, cardboard will no longer be accepted for disposal as garbage at any RDBN solid waste management facility including landfill or transfer station.
The ban will apply equally to all residents, businesses, municipalities, industries and institutions including educational facilities and hospitals.
Business owners will also have the option of hiring the services of private contractors such as Westbin Waste and Waste Management Inc.
Residential cardboard will not be affected by the ban and drop-off at the Recycling Depot will remain free. you can ask your local recycling depot what they are doing.
According to the RDBN, the overall intent of the ban is to minimize the amount of waste that is ultimately landfilled, as waste reduction is a priority of the RDBN board of directors.
Bill Miller, Director of Electoral Area B, explained that cardboard, although not heavy, constitutes a “very high volume” for RDBN’s landfills. He added that when cardboard degrades in the landfills, it produces methane, which has significant more impact than carbon dioxide.