Volume 92, Issue 88

Tuesday, March 16, 1999


Safety knifed again

Pot set to blow back onto shelves

VP wants another year

Future of Ontario's universities indicated

Project gives concrete lesson to engineers

Recycling services to rise not reduce

Wine brings cheap health


Caught on campus

Recycling services to rise not reduce

By Wes Brown
Gazette Staff

The City of London has decided to trash plans of offering only minimum recycling requirements, instead initiating an overall increase in services.

Sweeping public opinion has driven the city's board of control to increase the cost of recycling services in the city to approximately $2 million a year. The new program will expand to more areas in the city and cover 14 different recyclable items.

Orlando Zamprogna, a controller for London, questioned whether or not this increase will help better the environment. "I want a justification to the real level of improvement actually coming out of this increase," he said.

Financing for these new services will come from either the allocation of public spending or tax increases, Zamprogna said.

"It will average out to around $22 per household in tax hikes. Some products cost more environmentally to recycle, taking into consideration the energy needed to perform the recycling services," he said.

Zamprogna added he would like to see the manufacturers of recyclable products like cardboard, glass and aluminium take a more active role in recycling.

Dave Riddell, senior director of Western's physical plant services, said the new recycling program will have no direct effect on the university.

"[Western] does its own recycling. We have our own truck and depot that currently recycles and processes 1,446 tonnes of material," Riddell said. The sale of these processed goods contribute to the overall cost of the program. Western is a very compact area, it is better that we operate on our own."

Western has been handling their own recycling since 1993 and Riddell said the success of the system is largely due to the co-operation between the University's Students' Council, administration and the students.

"The USC helped launch the program by allocating a student levy, but its continued success has to be attributed to the students. They are good corporate citizens in that they really do recycle," Riddell said.

He added Western will continue to have the remaining garbage picked up by the city's waste removal services.

Pete Hill, VP-campus issues for the USC, said the reason Western did not go with the city's recycling program when it was originally established was due to Western's unique "community within a community.

"[In 1993] the idea of recycling was in its infancy. It would be difficult for the city to give the service on campus," Hill said. "A student levy of about $3 was collected by the USC and transferred out to physical plant to run the program."

This fee has recently been dropped and Hill said the program is running self-sufficiently. He added more students will be recycling and taking advantage of the city's new program, meaning less garbage and waste going to the dumps and landfills in Ontario.

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