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New West holding pop-up recycling event Jan. 16

Monthly events planned until regional depot opens this spring
New Westminster's recycling depot, shown here, may be closed, but the city is offering pop-up recycling events until the new regional facility opens this spring. File

The City of New Westminster is giving residents a chance to recycle items that may not be collected in your curbside pickup.

A recycling drop-off event is taking place on Saturday, Jan. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the city’s works yard at 901 First St. Items must be sorted prior to arrival.

Several different types of items will be accepted for recycling at the event: glass packaging; soft plastic film and bags; and large pieces of Styrofoam packing material. No take-out food packaging, meat trays, egg cartons or anything with inks, dyes or coloured foam will be accepted.

Items considered “other flexible plastic packaging” are also being accepted. This includes: zipper-lock pouches for frozen foods, fresh fruit, deli meat, etc.; zipper-lock and tear-open pouches for cannabis products; potato chip bags; wrappers for cheese slices and candy bars; cereal bags; packaging for dry pasta and pre-packaged deli meats; stand-up pouches for dried fruit and nuts, quinoa, grated cheese, dish detergent pods, etc.; net bags for avocados, onions and citrus fruit; padded protective plastic like plastic shipping envelopes, bubble wrap and plastic air packets; and flexible packaging with plastic seals for fresh pasta, cheese, deli meats; and plastic seals, such as those used on yogurt containers.

For more information, call engineering operations at 604-526-4691.

Kristian Davis, superintendent of the city’s solid waste and recycling branch, recently told the Record the city plans to host monthly events until the new regional recycling facility on United Boulevard opens.

A Metro Vancouver spokesperson told the Record in December that the United Boulevard Recycling and Waste Centre is on pace to open this spring.