Flood interrupts collection of recycled glass and polystyrene in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows – North Delta Reporter

Recycle BC will not accept styrofoam or glass in depots across the province due to flooding and road closures.

Temporary measures will begin on Monday, November 22 with the suspension of the collection of glass bottles and jars without deposit of Recycle BC, in addition to the collection of foam packaging, both white and colored. The curbside and multi-family collection of glass bottles and jars will also be suspended.

“I just got this news from Recycle BC – I hope it won’t be for long,” said Leanne Koehn, community engagement with the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society.

Koehn explained that due to recent flooding and road closures, Recycle BC, the organization responsible for recycling all paper and packaging printed in British Columbia, is unable to ship glass and polystyrene. .

As such, the company and other recycling drop-off points in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows will not accept these materials.

“With transport corridors compromised due to road closures, we currently cannot move these materials from receiving facilities to end markets – our main glass end market is currently underwater,” said Tessa Janzen, collection coordinator for Recycle BC.

“In addition, the floods affected the availability of trucks for transporting materials,” she added, urging residents to keep these materials until the situation is resolved.

The Ridge Meadows Recycling Society thanks residents for their patience and understanding, Koehn noted.

They will, however, continue to collect paper, cardboard, containers and soft plastics – materials that can be baled and stored in receiving facilities more compactly.

Recycle BC would like to remind residents that responsible handling of materials is a priority for them and that they will continue to work with their partners to ensure that they handle all materials “as efficiently as possible during this emergency”.

“The situation is changing rapidly, so we don’t yet know how long this change will be necessary. We will provide updates as we have more information, ”read their website.

“The flooding in parts of British Columbia is unprecedented. Our hearts are with all who are touched. We hope everyone stays safe. “

The City of Maple Ridge is working with Recycle BC to manage the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot and the Maple Ridge curbside recycling pickup service.

Fees are collected from manufacturers and producers to fund the recycling program.

For more information, visit www.recyclebc.ca.

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