CRD recycling collection not operating due to labour dispute

CRD recycling collection not operating due to labour dispute
Nicholas Pescod/CHEK News

The Capital Regional District says the contractor responsible for curbside recycling collection is not operating their trucks today due to an internal labour dispute.

Emterra Environmental advised the CRD of the situation earlier today.

The CRD says some material will be collected, but most scheduled routes will not have their recycling collected.

Emterra says once service resumes they will not be doing additional trips to recover the missed routes, instead residents should hold on to their recycling until the next collection date.

The CRD advises residents to bring their recycling inside if it is not picked up by 9 p.m.

There is no limit to how much recycling can be put out to the curb and the CRD highlights that recycling can be dropped off at depots for free of charge.

Recently, there have been many service disruptions to recycling collection in the region for things such as due to winter storms, and vehicle maintenance.

“The region’s curbside recycling program has faced a series of challenges over the past two months and the CRD greatly appreciates the public’s patience as Emterra works to return the blue box program to normal service levels,” the CRD says in a statement.

The CRD says it will post potential delays as soon as they’re known on the CRD website and blue box collection reminder system.

CHEK News has reached out to Emterra to see if this is expected to be an ongoing issue, or if the labour dispute is expected to be resolved shortly.

This article will be updated with a response when it is received.

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