Recycling centres keep winter hours with visitor restrictions and limited service

Traffic volume up to three times above the norm being experienced

Regional recycling centres operated by the Cowichan Valley Regional District are remaining on winter hours until further notice.

Both Meade Creek and Peerless Recycling Centres will continue to operate from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Bings Creek Recycling Centre will remain open daily from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“Our recycling centres are currently experiencing traffic volumes up to three times greater than usual,” said Aaron Stone, chair of the CVRD. “We’re asking residents to consider holding off on visiting our centres until the public health emergency improves, as our necessary access restrictions are causing long wait times. We ask the public to please pile your yard waste or items from your spring cleaning at home to bring to the centres at a later date.”

Access to CVRD recycling centres is currently limited to 10 vehicles on site at a time. Cash will not be accepted, and all payments must be debit or credit. Free stores are also closed until further notice.

Anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms is asked to refrain from visiting recycling centres. Those who do visit must ensure they maintain a physical distance of two metres from staff and other users at all times.

The CVRD will continue to monitor this public health emergency and take direction from the provincial health officer when making decisions about public access to recycling centres and service delivery in general.

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