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Apr 05, 2017 Return to Headlines

Recycling Changes Will Lead to Expanded Services, Savings

by Michelle Frilund |

COQUITLAM, BC, April 5, 2017 – Changes coming to Coquitlam’s recycling depots over the coming months will eventually allow residents to bring a wider variety of recyclables – including Styrofoam – to the Town Centre Recycling Depot.

The Mariner Way Recycling Depot is closing on April 21 to make way for Fortis BC gas line construction and the cost savings will help to expand services at the small, unstaffed Town Centre depot, located on Trevor Wingrove Way.

By late June, residents will be able to bring plastic bags, household batteries, small electronics and expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam) there, along with regular household recyclables (cardboard, paper, glass and plastic containers). 

The Town Centre depot will also be staffed during its new hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday (closed on statutory holidays). This will enable the collection of Styrofoam – residents’ top requested recyclable – which recycling processors will not accept from unstaffed locations.   

Although the gas line construction only requires a temporary closure of the Mariner Way depot, a cost-benefit analysis showed that permanently closing the site and expanding services at the Town Centre depot will save money while improving service in the north part of the City. 

Opened in the early 1990s, the two small, unstaffed depots have become redundant over time. Both sites only take recyclables that are picked up at the curb by Recycle BC (a service provided at no cost to the City), and accept fewer items than many other local options such as the Coquitlam Transfer Station, the full-service Encorp Return-It Depots and private recycling depots. 

Further, the two unstaffed depots incur significant costs for the daily cleanup of litter, excess materials and illegally dumped items. Even with the addition of staff at the Town Centre depot, the City will save an estimated $177,000 per year by closing the Mariner Way site.

Residents in Coquitlam are encouraged to visit the Coquitlam Transfer Station at 1200 United Blvd., which accepts a wide variety of recyclables at no cost. The City contributes about 60% of the costs to operate the Transfer Station Recycling Depot.

Town Centre depot will continue to offer its existing services while staff are hired and the site is reconfigured to accept the additional materials. The expanded facility, which will be monitored after hours by security cameras, is expected to open by late June.

Information about the changes to hours and services at the Town Centre depot will be posted in advance at the site and at www.coquitlam.ca/recycle.

See also the City’s online Waste Wizard (www.coquitlam.ca/wastewizard) for more information on disposal options. Simply type the name of the waste item and the wizard will tell you how to recycle, compost or dispose of it. 

Questions may be directed to: wastereduction@coquitlam.ca or 604-927-3500

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Media contact:
Verne Kucy
Environmental Projects Manager
City of Coquitlam
604-927-3503
vkucy@coquitlam.ca

 
 

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