DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City of Dawson Creek will partner with Recycle BC to reduce recycling contamination to three per cent or less per week.

Canadians dispose of around 3.3 million tons of plastic each year, according to a 2019 study commissioned by Environment and Climate Change Canada. Nearly half of that is plastic packaging.

In 2019, British Columbia’s contamination rate was at around 6.5 per cent, but Dawson Creek has seen an average of 10 to 20 per cent contamination in the last few years.

According to a release, contamination refers to materials that are not accepted for collection in Recycle BC’s curbside collection program.

By investing in regular and increased educational, monitoring and enforcement measures, the city hopes to meet its goal of reducing contamination to three per cent.

The city will be hiring two part-time auditors for curbside collection monitoring. Collection trucks will have video recording devices to monitor what’s going in the truck, enabling the city to track warnings and fines more closely.

According to a release, contaminated materials that are not accepted in the residential curbside collection program include:

The program officially starts on April 1st, 2022.

More information about curbside garbage and recycling collection can be found on the city’s website or Facebook page.