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Recycling to go temporarily to dump

May 21, 2019

The recycling depot fire is out but, burning questions on the town’s future recycling plans remain.

The recycling depot fire is out but, burning questions on the town’s future recycling plans remain.

At town council’s May 14 meeting director of works and operations Roger Smith told council that Recycle BC was recommending the town suspend its bi-weekly curbside recycling collection temporarily.

In the end, the town opted to continue regular recycling collection, with the understanding that, for the time being, materials will have to be put in a landfill.

“Residents can help prevent recyclables from going to the landfill by either storing or taking them directly to the Smithers/Telkwa Transfer Station, as they accept sorted recyclable materials,” a May 15 media release from the town explained.

During the May 14 meeting, Smith added he had received a letter from Recycle BC that acknowledged this situation was not ideal and added that finding a solution to the issue after a May 9 fire burned down large portions of the town’s recycling depot is high priority.

“This topic is top of the list at the moment and a variety of scenarios are being reviewed,” said Smith, reading from the letter he received.

Although it was not put to any kind of vote, council, in general, seemed to support the idea that it made sense to allow for continuous service but also give people who want to be diligent the option of saving their recycling until curbside service is restored.

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