No recycling depot in New West? Where are you going to go?

The city’s recycling depot is expected to close in February, but the new regional recycling facility isn’t going to open until late 2020.

A staff report states that most recyclables are accepted through the city’s curbside and multifamily collection program, with the exception of Styrofoam, glass packaging, soft plastics and other flexible plastic packaging, which can be recycled for free at the existing Coquitlam transfer station and private recycling locations in New West. As of Jan. 2, 2020, New West residents can recycle their excess yard trimmings at the Coquitlam transfer station at no cost.

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The City of New Westminster has compiled a list of alternative recycling locations. While the City of Burnaby’s Eco Centre (4855 Still Creek Dr.) and the Coquitlam transfer station (1200 United Blvd.) accept a wide variety of products, local recycling locations include:

* Sapperton Return-It Depot: beverage containers (refundable); non-refundable containers; electronics and small appliances; foam packaging; glass packaging; plastic bags and overwrap; smoke and CO2 alarms; and thermostats. (79 Braid St.)

* Salvation Army Return-It Depot: Electronics; small appliances; and textiles. (774 Columbia St.)

*  Royal City Fire Supplies: Fire extinguishers. (633 12th St.)

 * Queensborough Landing Return-It Depot: Batteries; books; non-refundable containers; electronics and small appliances; car seats ($10 charge); foam packaging; glass packaging; lights; metal; oil (automotive); paint; paper; plastic bags and overwrap; smoke and CO2 alarms; and thermostats. (Unit A, 409 Boyne St.)

* New West Bottle: Refundable beverage containers. (916 Eighth St.)

*  London Drugs: Batteries; electronics and small appliances; foam packaging; ink cartridges and toner; lights; paper; plastic bags and overwrap; smoke and C02 alarms; and thermostats. (555 Sixth St.)

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