The recycling bins are moving

The city’s two recycling bins are to be relocated to the Revelstoke Bottle Depot, 97 Cartier Street, later this month, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District announced Tuesday.

CSRD Waste Reduction Facilitator Carmen Fennell says they are being moved for safety reasons and practicality.

“The new high school is close to the access site,” she said in a statement. “The bins are so well used it creates a lot of traffic. The City felt it would be better to keep this flow of traffic away from students. Also, the bin location makes it a little more difficult for snow removal. We understand their concerns and we’re happy to oblige.”

This change of location will not stop the 24-hour access to the co-mingled recycling bins. In fact, Fennell sees this relocation as even more convenient for local residents.

“Now people can have a one-stop shop,” she said. “They can take their recycling to the bins along with their beverage containers to the depot for refunds. Revelstoke Bottle Depot accepts paint, electronics and small appliances as well. Now when people do their recycle run, it’s all at one location.”

Harmandeep Dhanoa, the operator of Revelstoke Bottle Depot, says having the bins will be a positive move for the community. “It’s a good idea to do a one-stop drop.”

The bins will be relocated on November 21 but Fennell says she expects the usage of the co-mingled bins will decrease once the curbside recycling program begins in January.

“In Salmon Arm there was a 30% reduction in the use of the recycling bins, but a 22% increase in recyclables overall, because having a curbside service really does make it convenient. I expect Revelstoke residents will find the same.”