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UPDATE: Glass collection from depots resumes in Maple Ridge

Styrofoam pickup to begin from Dec. 27
Glass recycling was suspended on Nov. 22. after the floods in B.C. (Ridge Meadows Recycling Society/Special to The News)

After nearly a month-long disruption caused due to the mid-November floods, collection of curbside glass jars and bottles and glass recycling will be resuming in much of Lower Mainland, including Maple Ridge on Monday.

Starting Dec. 20, glass pickup will begin at the Maple Ridge Recycling Depot, said Leanne Koehn of the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society.

“We just heard from Recycle BC that they will be resuming glass pickup at depots, but they are still not picking up Styrofoam,” Koehn had said earlier last week.

On Dec. 13, some areas saw collection of glass bottles and jars from curbside, however starting Monday, this was extended to all applicable areas in the province, as well as resumed collection of glass bottles and jars from depots.

Since the organization was still facing difficulty transporting Styrofoam to its usual end markets due to the recent flooding and road closures, they continued to ask residents to store the Styrofoam at home until transportation and market systems were restored.

However, later in the week Recycle BC announced that they would resume picking up styrofoam at recycling depots starting Dec. 27.

Recycle BC had first suspended its curbside glass and styrofoam pickup on Monday, Nov. 22, a week after the first in a series of devastating atmospheric rivers which drenched Southwest British Columbia.

READ MORE: Flooding halts collection of glass and Styrofoam recycling in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows

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Priyanka Ketkar

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