Richmond expands recycling, includes tires, more large items

The City of Richmond will now pick up your old tires – and more of your furniture.

The city’s recycling depot is expanding its pickup services, it’s accepting a wider variety of items and it has increased its hours of operation at the recycling depot on Lynas Lane.

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The Richmond Recycling Depot now accepts electronics, upholstered furniture, propane tanks and butane cylinders, and residents can now have six large items picked up every year, including car and light-duty truck tires, up from four before.

According to the city, some of the new items being accepted at the depot, such as, propane tanks, butane cylinders and electronics, are regularly being put incorrectly in the Blue Box/Blue Cart collection bins, which is considered contamination. By accepting these items at the Recycling Depot, it is hoped that this will reduce contamination issues along with risks for fines or other penalties.

Upholstered furniture and flexible plastic packaging are also being accepted at the Recycling Depot. Flexible plastic packaging includes zipper-lock pouches, chip bags, candy wrappers, woven and net plastic bags, deli meat packaging and bubble wrap. These items were previously non-recyclable and were being sent to the landfill.

The city is two per cent away from its goal of diverting 80 per cent of household waste from the landfill by 2020, said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“Instead of going to different recycling locations, residents can simply drop off multiple items at our Recycling Depot or have them collected with the Large Item Pick Up program,” said Brodie.

Hours of operation have been extended an extra day at the Richmond Recycling Depot, which will now be open Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. at 5555 Lynas Ln.

More information about the city’s recycling program, go to www.richmond.ca/recyclesearch.

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