CVRD Area G
BY MEL DOREY
Peerless Road Recycling Centre now has the broadest range of recycling options in BC. The centre will meet the needs of local residents for years to come with this newly completed state-of-the art facility. There are 21 new grade separated drop off bays for large items and the old incinerator building has been refurbished to house hundreds more household recyclables. Up to 650 items can now be dropped off at Peerless Road, and most for free. The site also now features a new free store, public washrooms and a community bottle drive area.
The site has been transformed from an incinerator site in the 80’s to ultramodern drop off facility in 2014 by the use of $1.68M in gas tax funds from the federal government. This funding was awarded in part due to innovative engineering, which allowed old incinerator ash to be recycled as structural fill for the new depot, saving up to $8 million by not having to send the ash elsewhere for traditional landfill disposal. Instead, the ash is fully contained in an engineered cell that now forms the base of the new facility.
Because the CVRD doesn’t have a landfill to take garbage like Nanaimo and Victoria it has to ship its garbage to Washington State for disposal. This is very costly so it has forced the CVRD to be very careful about recycling as much as possible to avoid this cost. It is one of the main reasons why the CVRD has adopted a Zero Waste goal and has been a leader in recycling in the province and probably across Canada.
Starting on April 1, Peerless Road will be open Wednesday through Sunday 9 am to 5 pm. It is closed on statutory holidays, Easter Monday and Boxing Day.
Water Breaks Reduced
Since we did the water upgrades on Gardner, Punnett Close, Hilsea and Linton Circle there have been many fewer water breaks in the water lines. This saved a lot of money that will be put into extra upgrades this summer. On the Gardner Road area alone there was close to $90,000 spent fixing leaks in the previous year. The plans are completed to do $300,000 more work on the modernization of our Saltair water system. By the time that this article is published the CVRD water people will have briefed the community on the plans for this year at the Saltair Ratepayers Annual General Meeting on March 27.