High usage has left the 24/7 recycling bins overflowing during the past two weekends.

A messy start to 24/7 recycling in Prince Rupert

Recyclable items were overflowing from new bins at the Skeena - Queen Charlotte Regional Recycling Depot 24/7 over the past two weekends.

Recyclable items were overflowing from new bins at the Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional Recycling Depot 24/7 once again this Monday with the new transfer station experiencing siginificant usage over the past two weekends.

“There was quite a mess there [on Monday morning],” recycling operations manager Tim Des Champ said after the long weekend.

The bins are emptied each morning during the week, with workers being available to remove their contents for a few hours on Saturday. While there will typically only be one day per week the bins aren’t emptied, the long weekend meant there was an extra day of no maintenance.

“We have no one here to deal with them on Sunday, and then Monday was a holiday so they went two days without being emptied,” Des Champ explained.

“We hope the public will refrain from using them if they see the bins are full, so the area is kept tidy and clean,” said Des Champ, also asking that residents utilize the inside of the facility during operational hours, leaving the outdoor bins for use outside of regular hours.

“We’re limited in our operating hours, but by having the centre there people can access it outside of normal working hours. We are hoping it increases volumes of recycling,” Des Champ

said.

An increase in volume is expected now that the 24/7 transfer station has opened, which Des Champ said was the purpose of opening the facility. The Kaien Road location was chosen because it can be easily maintained by the depot’s crew.

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