In January, 2017, two open house meetings were held in Youbou and Lake Cowichan to give residents an opportunity to see the draft design for the new facility, provide feedback and ask questions. The CVRD is now working to finalize the design and construction will began on May 2, 2017. The CVRD opened a temporary site on May 2, 2017 at 8800 North Shore Road, Lake Cowichan, for the duration of the construction. The community will be kept informed as the project progresses. Residents are welcome to submit comments at any time to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upgrades will include a new recycling yard and buildings as well as proper closure of an old landfill on the site. The upgraded depot will have more room for traffic and parking, and more room to accept recyclables.
New materials including drywall, asphalt roofing, rubble and couches can be dropped off once upgrades are complete, giving residents of the Lake Cowichan area access to the same level of service that is offered at other CVRD Recycling Centres.
Meade Creek was first built in the 1970s as a garbage incinerator. Ash from the incinerator is still piled on the site which is an environmental risk. The facility wasn't originally designed to be a recycling centre and no significant upgrades have been made since it was first built. Improvements are needed to make the site safer and to help it last for another 30 years.
Results of the Meade Creek questionnaire carried out during May and June 2016 have been compiled. The feedback obtained will inform the design and planning process for proposed upgrades to the Meade Creek Recycling Centre scheduled for 2017-2018.