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The economics of garbage are complicated but one thing is sure, we are running out of landfill space in the Lower Mainland. Richmond has been on the forefront of diverting our cast-offs from the garbage dump to recycling depots so that these items can find another use and sometimes, another life.
Our city is now making recycling even easier. In addition to the usual curb-side recycling of paper, plastics and kitchen waste, Richmondites can now drop off an added list of items at 5555 Lynas Lane which will be open six days each week, up from five.
“Instead of going to different recycling locations, residents can simply drop off multiple items at our Recycling Depot or have them collected with the Large Item Pick Up program,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Thanks to our residents, we are only two per cent away from our target to divert 80 per cent of our household waste from the landfill by 2020, and our hope is that by expanding these services, we’ll reach our target even sooner.”
According to the City of Richmond, “Some of the new items being accepted at the Richmond Recycling Depot, such as propane tanks, butane cylinders and electronics are regularly being put incorrectly in the Blue Box/Blue Cart collection bins, which is considered contamination since these are not part of the scope of materials accepted in those programs. By accepting these items at the Recycling Depot, it is hoped that this will reduce contamination issues along with risks for fines or other penalties.”
While not available to those who do not have city garbage pick-up, such as some apartments and townhouse complexes, improvements to the Large Item Pick Up program, which is available to residents with city garbage and/or Blue Box service, include two additional large household items collected per year, allowing for six items total. This program is also now accepting passenger and light duty truck tires and dry upholstered furniture accepted through this program will now be recycled.
The Richmond Recycling Depot is open for all residents of Richmond Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. at 5555 Lynas Lane.
For more information on what and where to recycle click here.