This society scares me. Just the other day I went to my friendly neighbourhood Save-On Foods to pick up some milk, eggs, cheese, lunch meat, and several bags of chips: potato, taco, and sun. For a change of pace, I went through the Changes Recycling Centre in the middle of the store.
Changes is a great place to get back your bottle and can deposit. If you like, you can choose to receive Save-On More points instead of cash, which they will in turn donate to charity. They also give points when you return packaging from manufacturers who participate in their voluntary return program. I’ve made a fortune returning laser printer toner cartridges through the years.
My eye caught a sign plastered to the middle of the door, at the level of my nose, advising customers that they would not accept any bags with ants in them.
I was at first shocked, because in B.C. the correct protocol when returning recyclables is to be sure to rinse them first. Did customers really need to be told to look out for ants?
Apparently so, I was told, when I casually interviewed the staff after I regained my composure. Before they posted the notice, they received between ten to twenty bags that contained ants in an average day. After they posted the notice, they receive about a dozen bags containing ants within a week.
What do you think about this? Is Changes Recycling to blame for their “no ants” policy? Or have people become lazy, with a selfish lack of regard for our service providers?