CRD brings in Lower Mainland crews to help work through recycling backlog

CRD brings in Lower Mainland crews to help work through recycling backlog

The Capital Regional District is bringing in some extra help to work through a backlog of recycling.

Crews and equipment were brought over from the Lower Mainland Monday to assist curbside recycling teams in the region after several pickups were missed due to winter weather and other service challenges.

The additional collection trucks and crew will be added to routes for the next two weeks “to ensure that the build-up of materials on all routes in the region is recovered by February 7.”

The CRD says that neighbourhoods that have been missed in recent pickups will be prioritized, and weekend pickups will be enacted if the amount of materials requires it.

The district notes that residents who use the blue box recycling program should place their items at the curb by 7:30 a.m. on their next scheduled collection day — and says there’s no limit to the amount of recyclables that can be put out, but they must be rinsed and separated prooperly.

If it’s not collected on the next scheduled day between Jan. 24-Feb. 4, you can put out your recycling before 8 a.m. the Saturday directly following the scheduled collection day.

“The CRD is committed to avoiding further service disruptions wherever possible and to communicating potential delays as soon as they’re known via the CRD website and blue box collection reminder system,” the district said, adding that severe weather, supply chain issued and a labour shortage have hindered the service in recent months.

Last week, the CRD said that recycling pickup from residential and commercial sources, including most multi-family housing complexes, has been suspended immediately due to an equipment breakdown at the region’s main sorting facility.

“More neighbourhoods than not have had issues with the collection of recycling just given the challenges we’ve had,” said Rush Smith, senior manager of environmental resource management for the Capital Regional District.

Residents are asked to check the CRD’s recycling website for updates.


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