Recyling bins at Gardens to be reviewed

Recycling bins at Strathcona Gardens may once again be on the chopping block

Recycling bins at Strathcona Gardens may once again be on the chopping block.

The bins, which the Strathcona Regional District has in the past wanted off its property, may be removed pending a review by the region’s solid waste system.

Russ Hotsenpiller, chief administrative officer of the Strathcona Regional District, said because the bins are not approved by Multi-Material BC, which handles the city’s garbage and recycling, they may be axed.

“According to the senior manager of solid waste for the CVRD (Comox Valley Regional District), the solid waste service is measuring the logistics of continuing operation of all non-Multi Material BC depots, and the CVRD will be examining this matter again prior to March 2015,” Hotsenpiller wrote in a report.

It’s not the first time the depot has come under threat of removal.

In 2012, the depot was slated for closure, much to the dismay of Mayor Walter Jakeway.

Jakeway, during a June 2012 council meeting said the bins were located in a spot convenient for most Campbell Riverites.

“To me the most important thing is that people use them,” Jakeway said. “Strathcona Gardens is the perfect site because people use them.”

At that time, however, the Strathcona Regional District wanted the bins removed because of a lack of staff to keep the depot safe and tidy.

In a May 2013 report, then Strathcona Gardens facility manager Josie Rohne, said there had also been concerns over a lack of protection for the Strathcona Regional District from liability in the event of injury or damage, as well as the amount of staff time needed to clean up the area and deal with complaints of unsightliness.

That same month the Comox Valley Regional District and Strathcona Regional District drew up a licensing agreement to keep the bins at Strathcona Gardens.

The agreement stated that the Comox Valley Regional District would be responsible for keeping the depot tidy, that additional lighting, proper signage, curb and pavement repairs, improved fencing and site containment, as well as a 24-hour security monitoring system, would all be provided.

The Strathcona Gardens Commission (made up of Strathcona Regional District directors) approved that agreement in June 2013 but the Comox Valley Regional District’s waste management board refused to accept the agreement in November 2013.

Instead the two parties entered into an interim agreement to keep the recycling bins at Strathcona Gardens to be operated and maintained under the current conditions until the end of this year.

If, however, the solid waste board decides to nix operation of all non Multi-Material BC recycling depots (which includes bins at the Sportsplex), the bins could still be removed.

Campbell River Mirror