The City of Richmond has received an honourable mention at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) 2021 Community Excellence Awards for its recent Works Yard upgrades.
Renovations were carried out at the Richmond Recycling Depot, to the tune of $1.58 million, to update aging infrastructure, improve operations and accommodate the expansion of depot services, according to Clay Adams, city spokesperson.
A classroom for environmental programs was also added, along with an expansion of the hazardous waste materials area, a new steel awning spanning the centralized recycling bins – which includes solar panels – and dedicated heavy equipment.
The upgraded recycling depot opened to residents in November 2020.
The upgrades earned the city an honourable mention in the excellence in service delivery category at the UBCM awards, held earlier this week. The City of Surrey won that category for its urban forest resources for outdoor learning.
“The City is delighted to again be recognized for creating a more sustainable environment through strategies such as improving access to recycling for the community,” said Adams.
The UBCM Community Excellence Awards have been held since 2004, and recognize projects or programs by UBCM member First Nations, regional districts and municipalities.
The winners of each of the award categories are:
Excellence in Governance
City of West Kelowna
Community Vision, OURWK
Excellence in Service Delivery
City of Surrey
Urban Forest Resources for Outdoor Learning
City of Richmond
Works Yard - Recycling Depot Upgrades
Excellence in Sustainability
City of Nanaimo
Complete Streets Engineering Standards and Design Guidelines
City of New Westminster
Seven Bold Steps for Climate Action
Excellence in Asset Management
qathet Regional District
Natural Asset Solution for Stormwater Runoff
District of Highlands
Sustainable Asset Management
Presidents Committee Choice
City of Coquitlam
Community Support and Recovery Plan