The NRE did not open as usual this morning, March 21, and will spend the rest of the month preparing for site demolition. KARL YU/The News Bulletin

Nanaimo Recycling Exchange closes its gates

Non-profit recycling depot will spend the rest of the month preparing for site demolition

The Nanaimo Recycling Exchange has closed its gates.

The NRE did not open as usual this morning, March 21, and will spend the rest of the month preparing for site demolition.

The non-profit depot had indicated closure was coming, but hadn’t announced a shut-down date.

“It just wasn’t highly publicized because we had to avoid having a huge rush of people dropping everything off,” said Ben Geselbracht, vice-chairman of the NRE. “That would have made it really difficult to keep to the timelines. We’re basically now moving everything off-site for the next nine days and the demolition starts April 1.”

The lease is about to expire at the current Kenworth Road site and although the NRE owns property next door, it can’t afford to build a new facility there. It had asked both the City of Nanaimo and the Nanaimo Regional District to build a facility, but the RDN denied the request, offering $300,000 per year instead. This month the NRE asked for $6.05 million from the City of Nanaimo to cover construction of a new building and the request was referred to staff to look into funding options.

Through those processes, the NRE ran out of time.

“Hopefully it’s a temporary closure. Nothing’s changed on that front,” said Geselbracht. “We’re working hard putting together the information they requested and going ahead with that process of looking for that funding to build a facility.”

He said NRE staff have been aware of the March 31 shutdown for some time, and will continue to work until then on clearing the site.

Charlotte Davis, the City of Nanaimo’s manager of sanitation, recycling and public works, said the city and the depot were in communication, though as of earlier this week, the city hadn’t been given an exact shut-down date. The city posted the closure announcement on its Facebook page on Tuesday.

Davis anticipates a few consequences of the depot’s closure and is concerned that waste that was previously recycled at the NRE will go into the garbage.

“I’m not sure that we’ll see bins suddenly full or overflowing, but it could definitely be an increase both to what’s going to landfill and to increased contamination in our recycling…” she said. “The other concern I would have would be about illegal dumping and that increasing, as well.”

She said the city will work on public education for residents, “to let them know what is recyclable in our community, at which depots and where they can take it now the NRE is closing.”

The City of Nanaimo has information about recycling on its website here and here.

Recycling information is available on the Regional District of Nanaimo website at this link.



editor@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Nanaimo can skate and dance its way into 2019

New Year’s Eve event at Beban Park flashes back to the ’80s

Windstorm topples tree onto townhouse in Nanaimo

Heavy winds have thousands of B.C. Hydro customers without power

Lantzville council approves financial plan, property tax increase of 5.6-per cent

Councillors to vote in the new year on motion to lower property tax increase

Coast Bastion Hotel, union reach tentative deal

Deal between hotel chain and union representing Nanaimo workers reached early Friday

UPDATE: Winds knocking out power across the Nanaimo region

More than 12,000 residences affected across B.C. Hydro’s Vancouver Island North area

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

Beefs & Bouquets, Dec. 13

To submit a beef or a bouquet to the Nanaimo News Bulletin, e-mail bulletinboard@nanaimobulletin.com

Nanaimo city council will reconsider waterfront walkway plan

Project included in financial plan but councillors want to examine scope and timelines

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

‘I practically begged’: Kootenay woman with breast cancer denied referral to Calgary

Breast cancer patient left to fight disease alone after being denied referral to Calgary

21 detained before Paris protests as police deploy in force

There was a strong police presence outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags

Media, robotics, Indigenous studies coming to B.C. Grade 12 classrooms in 2019-20

Provincial tests are also being changed for students in Grade 10 to 12, the Education Ministry said

ICBC to apply for 6.3% hike to basic insurance rates

Crown Corporation said it will be submitting its next basic rate application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Friday

Most Read