The Capital Regional District (CRD) says curbside recycling collection is cancelled for all scheduled routes on Wednesday due to winter weather conditions.
The CRD, in a notice around 9 a.m., said “all scheduled blue box collection is cancelled today (Jan. 17) due to unsafe weather and road conditions in the region.”
It’s advising affected residents to hold their recycling until their next collection day, adding that there’s no limit on how much recycling can be placed at the curb.
“The CRD would like to thank residents for their understanding and patience,” the district said.
A snowfall warning is currently in effect for parts of Vancouver Island, including Greater Victoria, where Environment Canada says 10 cm of snow is expected to fall.
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Recyclables can also be dropped off at a depot free of charge, and pubic drop off at Hartland Landfill opened at 9 a.m., but the CRD says road conditions in the area could be challenging.
New pickup contractor
Last December, the CRD announced that starting Jan. 2, 2024, GFL Environmental Incorporated would begin delivering its curbside blue box collection program, which provides services to around 132,000 single-family homes in the region.
The GFL has a 25-vehicle fleet.
The company’s six-year contract with the CRD came as it took over from Emterra Environmental, which experienced repeated service disruptions in 2022 due to weather and labour shortages.
Glass pickup is also not available in the region from Jan. 2 to Feb. 1, 2024, due to “labour disruption impacts,” according to the CRD in the notice last month.