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Our Top Letter (November 01, 2004)

Southern Gulf Islands Recycling Coalition September 30th meeting over the negotiations with the Capital Regional District. Front row: Graeme Bregani (Manager, Saturna Recycling Committee), Ann Johnston (founder and coordinator of SGIRC), Andy Nowa...


Southern Gulf Islands Recycling Coalition September 30th meeting over the negotiations with the Capital Regional District. Front row: Graeme Bregani (Manager, Saturna Recycling Committee), Ann Johnston (founder and coordinator of SGIRC), Andy Nowak (manager, Pender Island Recycling Society), Fred Sexsmith (treasurer, Mayne Island). Back row: Ron Willick (manager, Mayne Island Recycling Society), Gillian Allen (Pender Island Recycling Society), Judy Tipple (treasurer, Saturna Recycling Committee), Don Anderson (president, Galiano Island Recycling Resources Society), Nadia Krebs (manager, Galiano Island Recycling Resources Society).

Dear Editor:

The Olympics have been over for more some time now, but for a long time afterward we kept seeing that Little Blue Cow winning all those medals in advertisements.

We wonder how much the Dairy Council spent on all that animation, athletes/actors, venues, and all those ubiquitous advertising spots. These ads certainly have won gold medals as far and away the “cutest” and the most expensive at the Games.

Why can the Dairy Council not also find funds to take environmental responsibility for its own container waste? Instead it continues to use its resources to defeat all attempts to bring it under the B.C. Beverage Container Program Regulation. This, in spite of the fact that three years ago, 20,000 British Columbians, from all parts of the province, demanded that these containers be included in the regulation. (See “P.S.” below.)

The 40 per cent of the Dairy Council’s milk jugs that are not voluntarily recycled become one of the bulkiest and longest-lasting materials to end up in our landfills. Their milk cartons have the lowest recovery rate of any beverage container in the province — under 30 per cent.

Why should milk and milk substitute containers be the only beverage containers not under producer stewardship in B.C.? The Dairy Council can certainly afford to take care of this material — and maybe even to reduce the price of milk!

Respectfully,

Ann W. Johnston, Coordinator

Southern Gulf Islands Recycling Coalition

ajohnston@gulfislands.com

PS. The signatures were collected and verified by the Southern Gulf Islands Recycling Coalition and the Ministry of Water Lands and Air Protection has publicly acknowledged receiving them. The SGIRC is made up of non-profit recycling societies on the five southern gulf islands that have been advocating for waste reduction for over fifteen years.

[Editor’s Note:

Okay, Ann, your letter has nudged me off the fence to write an editorial for an upcoming edition on milk packaging, the free ride across Canada and, most of all, the explicit and hidden subsidies to the milk industry. Please watch the next few editions for an article! — ed.]


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