Mission recycling numbers improving

Less recyclable material being tossed in trash

Mission residents appear to be recycling more efficiently than ever before.

According to the recent Abbotsford and Mission Waste, Recycling and Compost Audit, performed in July 2017, the curbside-collected garbage in Mission contained less recyclable and compostable material than in previous years.

According to the 2017 audit, eight per cent of the garbage left on the curb for pickup consisted of recyclable material. That’s down from 14 per cent in 2015 and 16 per cent in 2013.

The audit also showed that 22 per cent of the garbage analyzed consisted of compostable material, which is a decrease from 28 per cent in 2015 and 47 per cent in 2013.

The audits are performed every two years.

The 2017 audit also indicated that the amount of garbage placed in recycle bags is also down.

Seven per cent of the recycling was actually garbage in 2017, compared to 14 per cent in 2015 and 13 per cent in 2013.

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