A provincial program to recycle agricultural plastics is at the top of the agenda for regional district directors who will meet in Victoria next week with provincial politicians.
TNRD chairman Randy Murray said there is a gap in stewardship programs. Under current laws there is ability to recycle many items, everything from beer bottles to milk jugs and electronics.
But there is no ability to recycle agricultural materials, including bailer twine, silage bags and netting.
“It exists on the Prairies and we’re looking at a similar system here,” Murray said.
The chairman and other directors will meet with Environment Minister Terry Lake during the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities meeting next week to push for a provincial program.
Several hundred municipal representatives are scheduled to meet in Victoria Sept. 24-28 to take in workshops and network at the convention.
Murray said the largest grant application outstanding is for $500,000 from a UBCM gas tax fund to establish a Nicola Lake integrated planning process.
Concerns include invasive species in lake water, warming of rivers that feed the lake, recreational pressure and fish habitat and survival.