Richmond expands recycling services
10 January 2019
To increase recycling quality and quantity, the City of Richmond has expanded Richmond Recycling Depot services and the Large Item Pick Up program.
The Richmond Recycling Depot is now accepting electronics, upholstered furniture, propane tanks and butane cylinders and has extended operating hours to open six days per week from Tuesday to Sunday. The Large Item Pick Up program now allows for the collection of up to six large household items per year and tires are included as a new accepted item.
“Instead of going to different recycling locations, residents can simply drop off multiple items at our Recycling Depot or have them collected with the Large Item Pick Up program,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Thanks to our residents, we are only two per cent away from our target to divert 80 per cent of our household waste from the landfill by 2020, and our hope is that by expanding these services, we’ll reach our target even sooner.”
Some of the new items being accepted at the Richmond Recycling Depot, such as propane tanks, butane cylinders and electronics are regularly being put incorrectly in the Blue Box/Blue Cart collection bins, which is considered contamination since these are not part of the scope of materials accepted in those programs. By accepting these items at the Recycling Depot, it is hoped that this will reduce contamination issues along with risks for fines or other penalties.
Upholstered furniture and flexible plastic packaging are also being accepted at the Recycling Depot. Flexible plastic packaging includes zipper-lock pouches, chip bags, candy wrappers, woven and net plastic bags, deli meat packaging and bubble wrap. These items were previously non-recyclable and were being sent to the landfill.
As an added convenience for residents, hours of operation have been extended an extra day at the Richmond Recycling Depot, which will now be open Tuesday - Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. at 5555 Lynas Lane.
Improvements to the Large Item Pick Up program, which is available to residents with City garbage and/or Blue Box service, include two additional large household items collected per year, allowing for six items total. This program is also now accepting passenger and light duty truck tires and dry upholstered furniture accepted through this program will now be recycled.
Residents can find more information about where to recycle various household items using Richmond’s Recycling Wizard online (www.richmond.ca/recyclesearch) or by downloading the free Richmond Collection Schedule app.