Okay, I’m going to make this real simple, so even politicans can understand this.
If a group is holding a big event, and they’re selling anything that needs to be recycled afterwards (cans of pop, water bottles, etc.), they must have recycling boxes at the location. If not, they don’t get the permit to hold the event.
This past week, I was covering a baseball tournament, where the organizers were encouraging thousands of people to show up. They had a barbecue on site, so people could buy hot dogs, hamburgers, soft drinks, etc.
At one of the games, I purchased a burger and a bottle of water. When I was done, I asked the people selling the stuff where the recycling bins were for my empty water bottle. One of the guys pointed at a garbage bin, and told me it’s over there. They weren’t set up to handle recycling, he told me. Looking into the garbage can, there were hundreds of bottles and pop cans.
The organizers had five days of games and lots of attendance. There must have been thousands of discarded recyclables in the trash in those few days.
That’s the sort of thing that has to be stopped. All those items went into the landfill, which isn’t a good thing.
If the City of Ottawa is serious about getting people to recycle, it has to be tough on these organizations. I know the groups mean well, but if you’re not able to get a recycling bin, then you shouldn’t be hosting an event.
How many other events like this is held across the city? How much are they contributing to the landfill?
It’s an easy problem to fix. No recycling plan, no permit. Plain and simple.
That is, of course, if the city is serious about reducing waste.