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In Our Opinion: Make being green easier

With no curb-side pick up in Prince Rupert, residents have to work extra hard to recycle
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On July 1, the bins at the recycling depot in Prince Rupert were overflowing. (Katherine Spong photo)

It’s not easy being green, sang a lovable frog once upon a time. Residents in Prince Rupert and Port Edward could sing the same tune when it comes to recycling.

With no curb-side pickup we must put in the time to be consciously clean by sorting, organizing and delivering our recyclables to the depot when it’s open — which is during typical week-day work hours, or on the weekend in the four-hour midday window.

READ MORE: Despite extended hours, North Coast recycling bins overflow

While these hours may be reasonable for some, not everyone has a car to drive out there.

For those who are green-minded and do have a vehicle to haul all the sorted bins and bags to the recycling depot, if they miss that window there is an after-hours bin that accepts most recyclables, except for glass.

Judging by the insane overflow in these bins most of the time, and the lining of glass bottles below, there’s a need to expand that window for recycling inside the depot, or a need for curb-side pickup.

Nine-year-old Alexander Fast saw his niche and has launched his own recycling pick-up program twice a week for Rupert residents. He’s onto something — a youth, picking up when the city can’t, and helping coastal residents make it a little easier to be green.

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