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City will not join provincial recycling collection program this year

Abbotsford will not join the first wave of municipalities to allow Multi-Material BC (MMBC) to take over recycling collection.

Council decided Monday to opt out of allowing the industry-formed organization to collect recyclables in Abbotsford, which is currently achieving high levels of waste diversion with its city-run program.

The city will wait and see how the program rolls out provincially before potentially joining in 2015.

Coun. Patricia Ross said she currently has concerns, and sees participation now as “a huge risk.”

“It’s not business- or community-friendly. It’s very difficult for community newspapers in particular. They are struggling with this legislation.”

She said a major flaw is the program claims to be about reducing packaging, but there are no direct incentives outlined which will accomplish that.

“I really hope they throw this back to the drawing board and start over… to me it seems like an absolute disaster.”

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