Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Kaien Road Recycling Centre to expand hours

The Transfer stations at the Kaien Rd
Centre will now only be available for
use when the Centre is closed for
business hours.
A solution may be at hand to recent complaints over the state of the 24 Hour Recycling station on Kaien Road, as well as for concerns related to materials ending up in the Ridley Island landfill site.

Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District addressed both issues with an announcement of an extension to the hours of operation for the District recycling centre, adding Sunday hours to the centre, with the Centre now open to the public from 12-4 on Sundays.

“There has been increasing demand from the public to extend the recycling depots operational hours to allow users with more opportunity to access recycling services.” ... “The increased operating hours on Sunday will also help mitigate congestion and debris build-up at the recycling transfer station that was opened in the fall of 2014.” -- Tim DesChamps outlining the new focus for the Recycling centre with the introduction of Sunday Hours.

The option of dropping recycling items off on Sunday afternoon, may provide some relief when it comes to general housekeeping around the Kaien Road facility on weekends, at times, particularly on long weekends, the transfer station area has been overwhelmed with material. Making for a situation that at times has led to concerns of the area becoming one of the area's major eyesores.

With the Centre now open on the Sunday and the transfer station concept closed during the regular hours of operation, the onus will be on residents to travel the extra few feet through the parking lot to deliver their materials inside the Centre during operating hours.

Last week the SQCRD also announced that they have reached new agreements with Multi-Material BC and neighbouring communities, an arrangement which will hopefully find even more recyclable material brought to the recycling centre, removing some of the burden currently being felt by the city's land fill site.

Issues related to the recycling centre and the landfill site have provided for more than a few discussion topics at Prince Rupert city hall over the last year or so The moves announced last week, should help to show Council members that the Regional District is taking steps to address those concerns.

You can review the full announcement from the SQCRD here.

More of developments from Regional District can be found on our archive page.

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