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Curbside recycling coming to northern B.C. - but not the Regional District of Fraser Fort George

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A new recycling program begins in B.C. next week.

Smithers, Terrace, the Nakazdli Reserve, and other communities will receive curbside and drop-off recycling services through MultiMaterial BC

But the Regional District of Fraser Fort George has decided to extend its contract with Cascades, a company that provide recycling bins throughout the community, until 2015.

The regional district turned down an offer to receive money and as act as a collector for MMBC. 

As a result, Prince George will get curbside pick-up, but none of the other communities in the district will receive recycling services. 

Allen Langdon is Manager for Multi Materials BC.

"It's unfortunate they declined. I said look, we'd be willing to work with you to ensure we don't end up in that same position next year."

Regional District Board Chair Art Kaehn says that's why they decided to keep the collection bins.

"While we transition into this new producer responsibility for printed paper and packaging, the board felt it was important to maintain the service and negotiate with the province and MMBC to come up with a new arrangement for the rural parts of the regional district."

Kaehn says extending the collection bin contract will cost the regional district about $450 thousand dollars. 

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