|The lot at the Kaien Road Recycling Centre (seem above in early March)|
is significantly less congested these days, that after Regional District
introduced a Recycling by Reservation policy
It's been a month now since the North Coast Regional District changed the way that residents of the region can do their recycling, putting in place a reservation program, where appointments now have to be made prior to arrival at the Kaien Road facility in Prince Rupert.
The City of Prince Rupert issued a reminder of the new policy last week, noting how appointments have been set for five minute intervals with the need for pre-sorting prior to arrival.
The original announcement of the change in recycling procedures can be found from the Regional district website here.
It's not really clear why the Regional District chose to go with the reservation route, rather than to just post a worker at the main entrance doors to control access to the bins inside while following the required social distancing provisions.
A process that grocery stores or other retail operations appear to have done during the last five weeks.
As for the reception to the program since it was introduced in late March, anecdotal comments on social media suggests that the waiting time is now over seven days, longer if you're looking for a time to fit your schedule.
Still, the shift to recycling by reservation has had a positive impact for a local business that offers home pick up and cart away service on recycling items.
Eco-Management Recycling Services has seen a significant increase in the calls for their services, you can explore what they have to offer here or here.
Their boost in business seen by the volume of blue bags awaiting pickup that have been seen popping up around town in recent weeks.
More notes on Regional District can be explored here.