Letter writers weigh in on potential closing of the NRE. NEWS BULLETIN file photo

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: NRE missing business sense

I am sure that the other recycling businesses can do the job of recycling, says letter writer

To the editor,

Re: City councillors won’t decide yet on NRE request, March 15.

Finally there is some common sense on Nanaimo city council. Sheryl Armstrong is sensibly asking for a realistic plan of what this NRE is doing and will do in the future. I am sure that the other recycling businesses in Nanaimo can do the job of recycling without a new $6.05-million building that this NRE expects the taxpayers to pay for. This board of the NRE has known for years that they needed to prepare for the eventual closing of this facility or the need to relocate to some other area. They have done nothing to prepare for it except expect to continue on with this poorly run facility in the middle of Nanaimo, with mounds of yard waste and disgusting piles of foam that is never recycled because the machine is broken. They do not staff adequately so that many visitors walk off the premises with whatever they can put in their cars. The city of Nanaimo has alternatives if they want to produce quality recycling. There is a recycling business across the street from this property, and probably others that could do the same job with more business sense. I hope in Lantzville, we get to elect a person who obviously takes her position seriously, and respects the taxpayers who wanted leadership like she provides.

Cheryle Sosnowski, Lantzville

To the editor,

Re: City councillors won’t decide yet on NRE request, March 15.

I’ve noticed that there are very few disputes in the city council over funding projects where private contractors are involved. (It wasn’t long ago that the council said it could build an events centre for $85 million without having to raise taxes.) However, when it comes to providing funds to keep the recycle centre on Kenworth Street open, or providing assistance to families in need (Nanaimo has the highest percentage of children living under the poverty level in B.C.) the council claims it doesn’t have the money.

John D. Macdonald, Nanaimo


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