To the Editor,
I’d like to raise a couple of points with respect to the costs of recycling, and whether taxpayers benefit from non-profit organizations taking on some of the work.
In the early 1980s the Recycling Depot, a non-profit society, had the mandate to work for the public’s best interest. The goal of a break-even budget could see marginal materials recycled that would be left behind by profit-making ventures. That is, profits from the recyclables that make money could be re-invested, diverting marginal materials that didn’t produce a return.
Non-profit organizations can be as efficient and capable as any business. A number of essential services can be handled just as well by charities who wish to invest their skills, experience and hard work for the betterment of our society.
Instead of starving them of very modest operating funds we should be applauding their efforts and trying to enable them to do more. The rewards to society are far and above the relatively minor costs.
I would encourage the RDN and city to consider the benefits of the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange, and to do all they can to keep them operating and our taxpayers well served.