(Contributed photo).

Red Deer city council asked to join lobby to make companies pay for recycling, not citizens

Calgary city councillor says Albertans are essentially paying twice for recyling

The City of Red Deer will consider joining an Alberta movement to make companies that produce packaging pay for recycling costs — instead of making citizens essentially pay twice.

It all started when Calgary city Coun. Peter Demong pointed out Alberta is among the few Canadian provinces that does not make large producers of consumer products help pay for the cost of recycling the tonnes of packaging they generate.

Canadian Tire, Walmart and other large companies are made to do this in most other parts of the country, so have already incorporated these costs into the price of their products — including goods sold in Alberta.

Demong said this means that Alberta citizens are actually playing twice for recycling — once when they buy a yogurt container or bottle of water, and then again on their municipal waste pickup bills.

“We shouldn’t have to be paying both,” stated Demong, who intends to bring the issue before Calgary city council on Feb. 4.

Kelly Kloss, development services director for the City of Red Deer, said Demong “sent the information to us… and as an administration, we see merit in what he is presenting.” Kloss noted the Red Deer city council previously spoke out about a need for a better provincial scheme for oil recycling, which is a similar concern.

But while Demong’s motion has already gained support in Edmonton, St. Albert and Banff, Kloss believes it’s premature to bring the matter to Red Deer city council before Calgary council has a chance to discuss it.

If the City of Calgary opts to take action, then Red Deer city council would decide whether to add its voice to the lobbying effort, he said.

What Demong’s campaign could ultimately mean for Red Deer’s monthly utility bills is “too early to tell… It might not be about saving money but reducing costs.”



lmichelin@reddeeradvocate.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Red Deerians brave the chill to spend Family Day in the new Celebration Plaza

The 2019 Canada Winter Games hub attracted a lot of parents and kids

Stettler RCMP search for suspects

Attempted theft of an ATM

Sign cost a concern for some in Red Deer

Installation complete on south end welcome signs

Historic win for Team Nunavut at Canada Winter Games

Four years in the making boiled down to a collection of firsts… Continue reading

Canadian women beat US 2-0 to win inaugural Rivalry Series

DETROIT — The inaugural Rivalry Series was created to give Canada and… Continue reading

Don Cherry blasts Hurricanes as ‘jerks’; team responds with his words on T-shirt

TORONTO — Don Cherry’s latest rant about the Carolina Hurricanes and their… Continue reading

Country star Miranda Lambert reveals secret marriage

NASHVILLE — Country star Miranda Lambert celebrated Valentine’s Day weekend with the… Continue reading

‘Black Panther’ costume designer blazes trail to inspire

LOS ANGELES — Ruth E. Carter is a black woman blazing a… Continue reading

Chicago police: Jussie Smollett assault case has ‘shifted’

Chicago police said Saturday the investigation into the assault reported by Jussie… Continue reading

Still-active human rights case speaks to lasting homophobia in Canada: activists

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Just over 14 years ago, the government of… Continue reading

Alberta missionaries among the Canadians heading home from riot-stricken Haiti

MONTREAL — A Canadian couple who had to leave Haiti due to… Continue reading

Man charged in daughter’s death in hospital with self-inflicted gunshot wound: police

Police say a man charged with first-degree murder in the death of… Continue reading

Most Read