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Duncan BC - Work will soon start on the Meade Creek Recycling Centre near Youbou to upgrade the facility to current environmental and safety standards.
The site operated as a garbage incinerator starting in the 1970s. In the late 1990s the incinerator was decommissioned and converted into a recycling centre. Approximately 15,000 cubic meters of incinerator ash remains in three open piles on the property. Remediation of the ash is one of the outstanding requirements in the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s (CVRD) Solid Waste Management Plan. In 2016 the CVRD received funding that will cover approximately half of the estimated $4.16 million project cost. The facility will also be upgraded to accommodate current and future recycling needs.
“Last summer, local residents were invited to submit feedback about the current recycling facility to inform the new design,” explains Chair Jon Lefebure. “Insufficient parking and inadequate maneuvering space were common concerns mentioned. Residents also noted the current facility does not having enough recycling options or covered space.”
The proposed draft design includes a free store, 13 recycling bays and two garbage bays. The ash piles will be consolidated into one and capped according to Ministry of Environment standards. This will allow for more effective use of the property, including more temporary parking for dropping off recycling and a layout that allows vehicles to flow through the site efficiently.
Two open houses will be held in January to give residents an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the project:
When: Monday, January 23 at 6:00 pm
Location: Youbou Hall 8550 Hemlock Street, Youbou,
When: Wednesday, January 25 at 6:30 pm
Location: Cowichan Lake Sports Arena 311 S Shore Road, Lake Cowichan
For more information, visit cvrd.bc.ca/meadecreek