They're in other small Alberta communities like Didsbury, so why don't we see a blue box program in Drumheller for recycling? Because we don't like high taxes.
That was the response from Tammy Nygaard, manager at the Drumheller Regional Landfill.
"Do we want people to recycle? Defininitely, we want them to recycle," she told 99.5 Drum FM. "The more volume we generate, the more volume we get, the less landfill life we use and, of course, it's going to be better for everybody: it's better for the community, for the environment, but it does come down to economics as well."
"We're only talking a population of 8,000 people (and) we're only getting about 30 per cent of the population of Drumheller participating," she pointed out. "It's not economically viable to go out and build infrastructure that costs you $5 million to separate out 30 per cent of a population base of 8,000 people."
Nygaard noted Drumheller citizens voted against a blue box program in 1992 or '93 because of the high costs involved, adding the economics really haven't changed much in the last 25 years.
Town councillors have discussed placing restrictions on the distribution of plastic shopping bags, but Nygaard isn't sure that would be that big a help.
"Plastic bags are only part of the plastic film that's generated; you have other plastic film that's generated," she explained. "It's the stuff that goes around toilet paper and paper towels and, unfortunately, until we get a market, a stable market, it's not economically viable."