City expresses concerns with recycling dropoff

Concerns with the new 24/7 recycling transfer station have been reaching Prince Rupert city councillors.

Concerns with the new 24/7 recycling transfer station have been reaching Prince Rupert city councillors.

“Our recycling station that just opened is an absolute mess,” Coun. Nelson Kinney said at the Oct. 20 city council meeting.

Coun. Gina Garon, who has pushed for curb-side recycling in the past, said the bins should be larger, and the area needs to be more sheltered from the elements.

“I think the recycling drop-off needs to be re-looked at,” she said.

“I don’t think it’s going to work. There’s too much wind and rain.”

Garon stated she’s in favour of the city lobbying the Skeena — Queen Charlotte Regional District (SQCRD) to extend the operational hours of the recycling depot, and believes the Rupert landfill should remain open longer.

Coun. Anna Ashley, a Prince Rupert representative on the SQCRD, said Garon’s ideas were good, but pointed out that it all comes down to costs.

“Let’s remember (the transfer station) just opened, we have to try to figure it out. If they’re not big enough bins, then maybe we need to look at bigger bins. If there needs to be some sort of … wall there, then we need to look at that. We need to give them a chance to work out the bugs,” she said.