City of Pitt Meadows to transition residential blue box service to Recycle BC

Smithrite Disposal Ltd. selected to deliver curbside service, beginning September 1, 2016

Vancouver, May 9, 2016— Effective September 2016, Multi-Material BC (MMBC) will assume responsibility for residential packaging and printed paper recycling services in the City of Pitt Meadows, with the curbside collection contract being awarded to Smithrite Disposal Ltd. Smithrite is a 100% BC-owned, family run company with a long history of recycling and waste management in the province. As part of their commitment to the environment, the collection truck used within the City of Pitt Meadows will be powered by Compressed Natural Gas, a cleaner fuel alternative.

Smithrite will provide weekly pick up of residential recycling for residents living in single family homes, as well as townhouses and mobile homes that currently receive curbside blue box service. Residents will be able to recycle the same materials they do today and will also benefit from the addition of segregated curbside glass pick up for non-deposit glass packaging.

Segregated glass collection beginning September 2016

A new grey box for recycling non-deposit glass bottles and jars will be provided to residents in August, with segregated glass pick up beginning in September. Glass accepted under MMBC’s program includes all clear and coloured glass packaging (bottles and jars), with the exclusion of beverage containers which are part of the return-for-refund beverage deposit system.

Recycling changes for multi-family buildings

Multi-family buildings will need to take action to ensure their recycling service continues. Buildings will have the option to select either MMBC’s approved collector in the area (Smithrite Disposal Ltd.), or to select another organization or company to provide this service. MMBC will help offset the cost of recycling services for buildings that are part of the MMBC program. More information will be provided to building owners, managers and stratas in the coming months.

“The addition of the City of Pitt Meadows means MMBC will soon be providing direct service to twelve BC communities, including seven in the Lower Mainland,” said Allen Langdon, Managing Director, MMBC. “We place high value on efficiently managing recycling services for all of the communities we serve, and to providing recycling promotion and education to enable British Columbians to recycle more.”

The City of Pitt Meadows has been part of MMBC since the program launched in May 2014. Under the current agreement, Pitt Meadows receives a financial incentive from MMBC to provide its own collection services. In December 2015, Pitt Meadows formally requested that MMBC assume responsibility for direct service and set a transition date of September 1, 2016.

“We believe recycling should be easy for our residents, include as many materials as possible, and come at a price point that makes sense,” commented Pitt Meadows Mayor John Becker. “Both MMBC and the City of Pitt Meadows are committed to these principles, and to ensuring more can be recycled in our community. One example of this commitment to recycling ease and efficiency is the addition of segregated curbside glass pick up.”

Additional information regarding the transition of recycling services will be provided by Pitt Meadows and MMBC in the coming months. More details are available on MMBC’s Pitt Meadows information page, which will be updated regularly as more information becomes available:

http://recyclinginbc.ca/pitt-meadows

About MMBC

MMBC oversees residential packaging and printed paper recycling throughout much of British Columbia, working in partnership with more than 160 collection and post-collection partners, including local governments, First Nations, non-profits and private companies. Collection partners pick up recycling at the curb and at depots, and post-collection partners accept, sort and market the materials to end markets.

The MMBC program is funded by the businesses that supply packaging and printed paper to BC residents, shifting recycling costs away from homeowners. Additional details about MMBC’s residential packaging and printed paper recycling program, including a full list of accepted materials, are available at www.RecyclinginBC.ca. A list of member businesses and information for collectors can be found at www.multimaterialbc.ca.

About Smithrite Disposal Ltd.

Locally owned and operated Smithrite Disposal Ltd. was launched in 1947 by Ascher and Irene Smith. With 150 employees and more than 100 service vehicles, Smithrite provides recycling, organics and waste collection services to residents, municipalities and businesses throughout Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and BC’s interior. Today, Smithrite is owned and operated by Gordon Smith, son of founder’s Ascher and Irene. Since 2014, the company has been providing recycling collection services for Multi-Material BC in the Village of Anmore and the City of Coquitlam.

About the City of Pitt Meadows

Home to 18,500 active and engaged residents, Pitt Meadows is a modern, growing city located at the intersection of the urban and agricultural sectors in BC. With an ongoing commitment to building a better community for residents, businesses and visitors, Pitt Meadows is the natural place to live, work and invest. Visit pittmeadows.bc.ca.

Media Contact:
Jeremy Twigg, Fleishman-Hillard, 604-630-0395, jeremy.twigg@fleishman.ca