Blue bags are being phased out in Chilliwack in 2018 and the deadline is August 31. (Jennifer Feinberg/The Progress file photo)

Blue bags are out for curbside recyling and blue bins are in

Use your own bin or the one the city gave you, but no more bags, please, except for shredding

Bags are on the outs. Bins are in.

Less than two weeks to go before single-use recycling bags for curbside collection customers in Chilliwack are phased out for good.

The deadline for switching to recycling containers is Aug. 31.

Part of the problem is that bags were getting tangled in the sorting machinery, said Tara Friesen, manager of Environmental Services, at the last city council meeting.

That unintended consequence can cause equipment shut-downs and contamination.

“The debagging process is labour intensive and introduces health and safety issues since only a portion of the bags can be removed mechanically and many bags need to be opened and emptied manually,” according to the staff report to council.

The other reason is that single-use bags are not environmentally friendly, the way reusable containers are.

But either way, the current phase-out of blue/clear bags was required by Recycle BC, as part of its funding agreement with City of Chilliwack.

Waste contractor Emterra Environmental has been delivering the new 120L recycling containers, which are royal blue, to each curbside household in the past month.

The one exception for the continued use of bags is for shredded paper, to keep it together, Friesen said.

Unlike the situation with compostables, where residents must use the green bin only, when it comes to recycling, they have more choices. They can use their own lidded bin with a ‘We Recycle’ sticker on the side. The stickers are free and can be picked up at city hall.

Any bins put out at the curb have to be 120L capacity with handles.

“We’ve used a variety of tools to let folks know about the changes,” Friesen said, such as the survey last year, educational materials, newspaper ads, a survey, and an info booth at the mall.

At this point bags will continue to be collected until the end of the month, she said.

“The agreement requires bags to be phased out by September.”

There will still be no limit on how much recycling gets put out to the curb, Mayor Sharon Gaetz reminded everyone in chambers.

The program still keeps glass, clothing and books, out of recycling.

Coun. Sam Waddington asked if there were any future plans to include apartment buildings in the recycling.

“Do we have a timeline on that?” he asked.

FVRD officials have been working on a regional strategy, Friesen said.

Coun. Ken Popove wanted to know if there was any discussion about bring glass back into the curbside recycling, but that is not on the horizon at this point.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Watercolours by late Chilliwack artist to be unveiled at Yarrow Library

The public is invited to a special unveiling of three of Heinz Klassen’s watercolour paintings

Yarrow Library one of the stops on Cubetto’s grand tour

FVRL’s friendly wooden robot, Cubetto, travels throughout Fraser Valley to teach programming basics

No home for Agassiz Community Garden on school district land

The garden is still homeless after SD78 said no to the society using the McCaffrey School property

Chilliwack PEO: ‘We who are sisters’

International oganization celebrating 150 years of service

Chilliwack students take the lead as mental health advocates

About 100 Chilliwack youth prepped to make a difference during Mental Health Week

Dashcam captures close call between minivan, taxi at busy Vancouver intersection

To make the footage more nerve-wracking, a pedestrian can be seen standing at the corner

VIDEO: Fan support almost deafening as Giants take Game 2 in finals

Vancouver G-Men cap comeback with thrilling third period to beat Spokane 4-2 on home ice in Langley

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Deck collapses in Langley during celebration, 35 people injured

Emergency responders rushed to the Langley home

B.C. mom wages battle to get back four kids taken from her in Egypt

Sara Lessing of Mission has help from Abbotsford law firm

VIDEO: Fire guts Peachland home

Crews are still on scene pumping water onto the blaze in the Okanagan neighbourhood

$6K raised in one day’s time for family of woman gunned down in Penticton

GoFundMe launched for family of Darlene Knippelberg, to pay for funeral costs and other expenses

B.C. mountain biker sent home from hospital twice, despite broken vertebrae

Released in Maple Ridge to go home with three fractured vertebrae

Seven tips to travel safely this Easter long weekend

An average of three people are killed, and hundreds more injured, each Easter long weekend in B.C.

Most Read