During a typical day at the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange, there will be a wait for parking and a constant stream of citizens who are committed to the future and well-being of our city, province and country, says letter writer. (NEWS BULLETIN file)

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Activity at recycling depot is proof of its importance

It is very busy and it is very important to the citizens of Nanaimo

To the editor,

Re: City asks RDN to partner on recycling plan, Oct. 5.

Time to wade in on the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange debate.

I have a suggestion for council. Take a field trip to the facility on Kenworth Road. If it is a typical day, there will be a wait for parking and a constant stream of citizens who are committed to the future and well-being of our city, province and country. We are thinking of our children, grandchildren, and each other, trying to do our part to improve our quality of life and the environment.

It is sad that once again the fine people who keep this valuable enterprise functioning have been punted to the regional district where a decision will languish and likely be punted again. No doubt in the hope that this time it will collapse and they can wash their hands of it.

After the cost of a miserably failed referendum on an arena, council has now prioritized a walkway to the tune of $30-41 million. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Nanaimo’s walkways, but we have plenty of them. We have but one recycling exchange, it is very busy and it is very important to the citizens of Nanaimo – so please get your priorities straight.

Graham Henderson, Nanaimo

To the editor,

Re: Recycling message spelled out in styrofoam, Oct. 3.

Is the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange board chairman trying bully tactics to get his way?

The RDN should be doing the recycle depots with the provincial and federal grants to run them.

Nanaimo is about to spend millions on new forklift-type garbage trucks. The reasoning: too much time off for back injuries of garbage people doing a lift wrong. Take each injured route driver/lifter and put that employee on light duty in the recycle depots. Each route with an employee down should now be contracted out to a private company. Simple: contract out all garbage routes and run recycle depots.

Neil Saunders, Nanaimo

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