Nanaimo Recycling Exchange has issued a response to Friday’s announcement from the RDN regarding money for a new facility. (News Bulletin file)

NRE optimistic about future, will ask city for money

Nanaimo Recycling Exchange facing March 31 lease expiry

Nanaimo Recycling Exchange is optimistic it will be able to continue accepting recyclables and non-recyclables near its current Kenworth Road location.

The exchange is hurtling toward a March 31 lease expiry and requested the RDN purchase adjacent land and build a facility to be operated by the exchange. However, the regional district opted instead for preliminary support in the form of $300,000 a year for five years via a pilot project. Jan Hastings, exchange executive director, said her organization is pleased with RDN support, but will need more money. The NRE will go before City of Nanaimo council Monday, Feb. 26, seeking $200,000 annually, and also plans to raise $100,000 a year through a membership drive.

Waste collection is handled by contractors, but with the city transitioning to automated garbage collection, Bill McKay, Nanaimo mayor and RDN director, said there may be money available. The city and regional district need to do something in order to achieve a 90-per cent waste diversion goal and this is a step in the right direction, he said.

“Certainly council needs to discuss it,” said McKay. “We receive $900,000 a year in funding from Recycle B.C. (formerly Multi-Material B.C.). That’s what they pay us to pick up our curbside recycling. I would hope, by the time the smoke clears, that we’ll see a cost to do that, when we start picking up our own recycling at the curb, as we’re doing with the automated program, that we’ll be hopefully down to about $500,000 a year, so I can’t see any reason why we can’t take that $500,000 … and put it towards assisting in recycling efforts, particularly with the NRE.”

Hastings said details about the membership drive, such as fees, are still in the works, but it is something the exchange had always planned.

“It’s a great way for people who believe in the NRE to be part of what we do and to be a member and have some say also in the future direction of the NRE,” she said.

Should the exchange fail to secure money, it would have to completely shut down, said Hastings. She has searched for alternative sites, to no avail.

“I’ve been all over this town looking for alternate locations,” said Hastings. “It all comes down to the fact that all the leases are even more than the mortgage, they’re more than the NRE can afford to pay.”



reporter@nanaimobulletin.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Suspect who died at Nanaimo ferry terminal shot himself at the same time police fired

Officers didn’t commit any offence, says police watchdog office

Three strong earthquakes reported off Vancouver Island

The quakes, all measuring more than 6.0 on the richter scale, were about 260 kilometres west of Tofino

Eighty-eight year old woman keeps shaving her head for Tour de Rock

NANAIMO - Senior parts with hair to raise $10,000 for Cops for Cancer

OPINION: Nanaimo not only voted, but voted with purpose

Nanaimo’s civic leadership will see the change that so many wanted

Explosion at homeless camp causes brush fire along Millstone

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews haul hundreds of metres of hose down ravine

ELECTION DAY: Krog voted in as Nanaimo’s next mayor

Hemmens, Armstrong, Geselbracht, Brown, Turley, Bonner, Thorpe and Maartman elected as councillors

Liberals write off $6.3 billion in loans as part of money never to be collected

That includes student loans and a $2.6 billion write off that came through Export Development Canada

Category 5 Hurricane Willa threatens Mexico’s Pacific coast

Hurricane-force winds extended 30 miles (45 kilometres) from the storm’s centre

Trudeau, McKenna to announce compensation for federal carbon plan

Provinces that don’t have a carbon price of at least $20 per tonne of emissions will have Ottawa’s plan forced on them

Okanagan parachute accident kills American

Man, 34, dies in skydiving accident Saturday near Westwold, between Vernon and Kelowna

Canada Post strikes leaves small shops in the lurch as holidays approach: CFIB

Rotating strikes began in Victoria, Edmonton, Halifax and Windsor

Voter turnout at 36% in B.C.’s municipal election

Vancouver saw 39% turnout, Surrey saw 33%

Harry and Meghan travel in different style on Australia tour

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan are on day seven of their 16-day tour of Australia and the South Pacific.

AP Exclusive: Stephen Hawking’s wheelchair, thesis for sale

The online auction features 22 items from Hawking, including his doctoral thesis on the origins of the universe, with the sale scheduled for 31 October and 8 November.

Most Read