Cutting Commercial Cardboard from the Landfill
Cardboard pile at Foothills Landfill – images courtesy RDFFG
Prince George, B.C.- The effort to extend the life of the Foothills Landfill is focusing on getting commercial operations to recycle cardboard.
Cardboard is one of the most easily recyclable materials, but there hasn’t been any program in place to encourage businesses to deal with the material other than taking it to the landfill.
Starting July 1 the Regional District will implement a small surcharge for businesses discarding cardboard at the Foothills Landfill.
The new program will not apply to residential customers. “When it comes to getting rid of cardboard, we want to encourage the business community to look at other options for disposal,” says Laura Zapotichny, Waste Diversion Program Leader with the Regional District.
Those options include renting cardboard bins and having the materials taken to a recycler says Zapotichny “Smaller businesses who may not be able to afford that can take small loads of cardboard to a number of collection points in Prince George.”
Cardboard from commercial operations will still be accepted at the Foothills Landfill, but as of July 1st, the Regional District will be phasing in a surcharge for commercial customers with cardboard loads based on weight and make up of
The map below details the 6 collection sites for cardboard in the city.
Between now and the start of the surcharge, the Regional District is reaching out to commercial operations to teach them about the options for getting rid of cardboard and details of the new program. “We are phasing in the program
over the next several months so now until July our focus is educating the commercial sector about the changes so they have time to pursue what options may suit them best,” says Zapotichny.
More details on the commercial cardboard diversion program can be accessed here