White Styrofoam temporarily not being accepted at Richmond Recycling Depot
26 March 2020
Due to the evolving situation with COVID-19, Recycle BC has advised the City of Richmond that white Styrofoam cannot be accepted at the Richmond Recycling Depot (5555 Lynas Lane) until further notice as the processing facility is temporarily unable to accept these materials. Richmond residents are asked to hold on to these materials at home until recycling collection resumes, as large block Styrofoam is banned from being put in the garbage by Metro Vancouver. Coloured foam is still being accepted and residents may continue to bring this material to the Recycling Depot.
Richmond’s regular curbside and centralized garbage and recycling collection is continuing without service interruption at this time; however, the City is implementing some measures to support health and safety for City employees, waste collection crews and the community. The special measures now in place to address COVID-19 and manage physical distancing requirements at the Depot include:
- requiring all visitors maintain a two-metre (six feet) distance from staff and other visitors
- only permitting eight to 10 cars in the Recycling Depot at any given time to prevent crowding
- Recycling Depot staff continuing to assist with unloading heavy/awkward items; however, residents must remain in their vehicles while items are being unloaded
- credit card payment only – no cash – for purchases such as garbage disposal vouchers and extra garbage tags
- posted signage to remind visitors that if they are feeling ill, they should not enter the area and to thoroughly wash their hands before and after dropping off recycling.
To reduce line-ups and wait times, residents are being encouraged to delay visiting the Recycling Depot until the COVID-19 situation is resolved. To help reduce the need for staff assistance, residents are also being asked to avoid bringing heavy/bulky items like large appliances to the Depot whenever possible.
There is also an increasing problem with litter – particularly used tissues, disposable wipes, disposable gloves and face masks – which pose health safety risks. These materials are not accepted in recycling and should be placed in bags that are then tied before being put in the garbage. Do not throw loose items in the garbage. If someone in a household is sick, residents are also asked to double bag all personal waste into tied bags before putting it in the garbage. These measures prevent these items from blowing away and becoming litter, and also help to protect waste collection staff.
To help inform residents about COVID-19 and the City’s waste management measures, signage is being posted at the Richmond Recycling Depot. For specific information on the City of Richmond’s response to COVID-19, visit www.richmond.ca/covid19, follow the City of Richmond on social media, email email@example.com or call 604-276-4000 (8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday).