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Cranbrook, BC (November 22, 2021) -- Due to the widespread flooding in BC, Recycle BC is temporarily suspending collection of glass and foam packaging effective immediately.
“With highways compromised due to closures and rebuilding, and the primary glass end market currently recovering from damage caused by the flooding we are unable to move glass and foam packaging from our collection facilities to be recycled,” says Kevin Paterson, Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) Manager of Environmental Services. “The situation is changing quickly and at this time we are unsure how long this change will be in place.”
The materials that are affected by this suspension of service are non-deposit glass bottles and jars as well as foam packaging (both white and coloured). The RDEK is asking residents to not take glass or foam packaging to any of the region’s Recycle BC Depots (Invermere, Kimberley, Cranbrook, Fernie, Sparwood and Elkford transfer stations) currently.
“If possible, hold on to your glass and foam packaging until collection of these materials resumes,” adds Paterson.
This temporary change will not impact the curbside recycling service in the City of Cranbrook, as both glass and Styrofoam packaging are not currently accepted in the curbside program. The collection of paper, cardboard, containers, and soft plastics will continue at all of the RDEK’s Recycle BC depots.
The RDEK thanks the public for their understanding and patience during this time.