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Photos: Children in hard hats explore excavators at Richmond landfill open house

Have you ever been on a bulldozer?

One of the region’s main landfills for construction and demolition waste was filled with beaming families on Saturday.

Community members, including children donning yellow hard hats, enjoyed a day out in the sun amid the smell of delicious barbecue at EcoWaste’s annual open house.

Visitors got to learn about the landfill’s work, sit in parked excavators and bulldozers and even ride in a rock truck.

A fundraiser yard sale was also held to support Orphaned Wildlife Rehabilitation Society, which allowed community members to bring home their treasures by making a donation.

EcoWaste takes in half of the region’s construction and demolition waste and recycles 33 per cent of such materials, but it is slowly getting close to capacity.

Earlier this year, the provincial government removed a 150-acre parcel of land owned by EcoWaste from the Agricultural Land Reserve to allow for the construction of a recycling facility.

The controversial decision was met with heavy opposition from city council, but EcoWaste is hoping the new $50 million facility can double its recycling capacity to 65 per cent. It is currently working with the city to figure out its next steps.