With all the different materials in packaging nowadays, you would think that manufacturers would try to make sure that everything they are producing is recyclable.
There is no law at the moment that is controlling that, and more and more materials are being sent to the landfill rather than being recycled.
"The Government needs to pass legislation that tells manufacturers and suppliers of packaging that they have to have recycled content or make their package recyclable," said Tammy Nygaard, Manager at the Drumheller Landfill.
Manufacturers are trying to create cheaper ways for their packaging to make them more appealing to the consumer. This results in more and more items becoming difficult to break down and re-use.
"A lot of these plastic containers that we are getting with our food and beverages in them, they are made out of composite materials, so there is maybe three or four different types of plastic in one container, and that is what is making it difficult to recycle," explained Nygaard.
However, she doesn't think that it is so much that recycling is becoming obsolete, or that it is even society that is to blame.
"It comes back to government. government support, government legislation, government leadership, and if that doesn't happen then yes, I can see that recycling is going to become more difficult, people are going to become more frustrated," advised Nygaard.
The Drumheller Landfill estimates that approximately 25% of the residential population uses their recycling centres around town, and approximately 50% of the commercial population. Because the recycling program in town is voluntary and they don't have anyone manning the centres, it is hard for them to get an exact number.