Media Release - Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako
Region Wide Cardboard Ban

At the July 23, 2015 meeting of the Board of Directors, the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN)
through passing of a motion confirmed the intention of implementing a region wide cardboard ban on
July 1, 2016.

 

This means that beginning July 1, 2016 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.

The RDBN will work to ensure that, at minimum, drop-off cardboard recycling opportunities are
available for residential customers.

For institutional, commercial and industrial (ICI) customers, the RDBN will not provide recycling services.
It will be the responsibility of ICI sector customers to arrange for cardboard recycling services directly
with local collectors and recycling service providers.

It is appreciated that this initiative of the RDBN may initially cause some challenges and raise concerns
on the part of businesses and residents in service provision and cost.

The overall intent of the RDBN is to minimize the amount of waste that is ultimately landfilled, as waste
reduction is a priority of the Board of Directors.

In addition, it is hoped that providing sufficient advance notice of the cardboard ban will spur the
development of local business opportunities that will add to and enhance the “green” economy in the
RDBN.

For additional information please contact the RDBN Environmental Services Department at 250-692-
3195, toll free at 1-800-320-3339 or e-mail at inquiries@rdbn.bc.ca.

 


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