New satellite recycling depot opens in McLeese Lake

The Cariboo Regional District has also opened a new satellite depot in Tatla Lake

  • Oct. 6, 2019 12:00 a.m.

McLeese Lake and Tatla Lake residents now can recycle closer to home with the opening of new satellite recycling depots in their communities.

As of last week, new recycling depots are open for business and accept all Recycle BC materials, including containers, paper, glass, plastic bags and overwrap, foam packaging and other flexible plastic packaging.

The McLeese Lake depot is located at the Cariboo Regional District (CRD) McLeese Transfer Station at 2258 Beaver Lake Rd. and will be open Tuesdays and Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m. The Tatla Lake depot is located at the Graham Inn at 6423 Highway 20. It is open Mondays and Fridays from noon to 2 p.m.

Depots can only be used during hours of operation.

“Unfortunately, materials left outside the depot while it is closed will be disposed,” the CRD states in a press release. “Depot attendants help educate residents on how to sort their recyclables, but they will not do the sorting for them.”

The new sites accept all Recycle BC materials. To learn what materials can be recycled or to find a depot recycling guide, visit or pick up a guide at your local depot.

CRD Recycle BC depots do not accept hazardous items like batteries, electronics, sharps, and pressurized tanks.

“These are the first two satellite recycling depots opened by the CRD,” according to the press release. “They differ from a regular recycling site, because the CRD is responsible for hauling the recyclables to the next closest depot. For example, the McLeese Lake recyclables will be dropped off at the Wildwood recycling depot. Recycle BC is responsible for the transportation and management of the recyclables from there.”

Adding these two depots were goals in the CRD’s current Solid Waste Management Plan. The planning process for the next plan will start in the fall of 2020. Watch for surveys and meeting dates to have your say.

To date, the CRD operates 13 regular recycling depots from Nimpo Lake to Watch Lake to Baker Creek and as far east as Horsefly.

In 2018, 855 tonnes of recyclables were collected across all the sites, according to the CRD.

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