Recycling centres in the Cowichan Valley Regional District are now able once again to collect glass, but the collection of Styrofoam is still suspended until further notice.
Starting Dec. 20, Recycle BC has resumed collection of glass at all Recycle BC depots, including Bings Creek, Meade Creek and Peerless Road Recycling centres in the CVRD.
Due to the unprecedented flooding and resulting road closures, recycling centres in the Cowichan Valley announced on Nov. 22 they would be unable to accept glass and foam packaging for the time being.
With transportation corridors compromised due to road closures at the time, these materials couldn’t be moved reliably from receiving facilities to end markets.
Flooding had ceased operations at the primary glass recycling facility in the Lower Mainland, and had affected the availability of trucks for hauling materials, further compounding these challenges.