Nothing wasted, everything gained
Carney's new offices mark next stage in recycling growth
By Chris Woodall
Recycling, Carney's Waste Systems style, takes another step today as the 34-year-old company holds an official opening to introduce its new offices at its Squamish facility.
The new digs are a further sign that recycling garbage is a growing business. The private function will host 150-200 industry and municipal officials.
"We're adding more and more ways to recycle," says Pat Johnstone, manager, administration and sales.
The latest news is that Carney's will have bins that accept "mixed paper" such as cereal box board and will be happier about taking magazines, whose different inks and paper composition made them unwanted and unloved before.
Most products Whistlerites fold and separate into the various bins go to Squamish for sorting and are then sold to companies that want them.
Used gypsum board is trucked direct to New West Gypsum Recycling, while glass collected in the Sea to Sky Corridor goes the other way to Whistler, where Sabre uses it for road work.
Government regulations are tightening every year to demand more of the garbage we generate be recycled. Landfill dump fees will go higher to force recycling, or there will be outright bans of types of refuse acceptable at the dump.
In Whistler's case, extending the landfill permit included a ban on corrugated cardboard, Johnstone says.
The provincial government has declared that by year 2000, garbage generated has to be 50 per cent recycled, but that shouldn't be a problem for the corridor, Johnstone says.
She lauds Whistler's hotels for being particularly motivated to recycle whatever they can.
But there's still a state of mind to overcome.
While younger people are keen to think green, old fogies still have a way to go to get with it.
"Young people have grown up with recycling, but we're still getting the word out to older generations," Johnstone says.