COQUITLAM, BC, April 19, 2017 – The Mariner Way Recycling Depot is permanently closing on Friday, April 21 to make way for Fortis BC gas line construction. However, the cost savings will help to expand services at the small, unstaffed Town Centre Recycling Depot located on Trevor Wingrove Way.
By late June, residents will enjoy expanded services at the Town Centre depot allowing them to drop off plastic bags, household batteries, small electronics and expanded polystyrene (Styrofoam), along with regular household recyclables.
Town Centre depot will also be staffed and open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday to Sunday (closed on statutory holidays) allowing for the broader range of recyclables, along with improved security, better customer service and less illegal dumping.
The depot will continue to offer its existing services while employees are hired and the site is reconfigured and expanded to accept the additional materials. After hours the facility will be monitored by security cameras.
While the temporary closure of the Marine Way Recycling Depot will allow for gas line construction, the permanent closure of Mariner Way and expansion of Town Centre depots will save money as outlined in a recent cost-benefit analysis.
Both the Mariner Way and Town Centre unstaffed depots have gradually become redundant after opening in the early 1990s. Currently 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 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.
Coquitlam residents are encouraged to continue using 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.
Information about the upcoming changes to hours and services at the Town Centre depot will be posted in advance at the depot and at www.coquitlam.ca/recycle.
For more information on disposal options check the City’s online Waste Wizard. Simply type the name of the waste item and the wizard will tell you how to recycle, compost or dispose of it.
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Environmental Projects Manager
City of Coquitlam