Fires, filth, scavengers force end to white recycling bins

— image credit:

Big, white recycling bins dotting Cowichan sites will vanish May 19, regional brass say.

They blame arson fires, plus errant garbage dumping, at the seven unstaffed bins — which have been well-used by many locals over the years, but have been made at least partly redundant by the regional curbside recycling program launched last year.

“There have been significant problems with illegal dumping of non-recyclable materials such as household garbage, couches, mattresses, and hazardous waste,” the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s website reads.

“Managing and processing of the collected material is becoming increasingly difficult due to overwhelming contamination. Resulting untidiness surrounding the bins is disruptive to the host locations, the public attempting to use the bins, and to the hauler contracted to clean up.”

Also, bylaw staff constantly answers public complaints of “aggressive scavengers and loitering” around the bins.

“All of these factors have led to increased program expense. Maintaining the program would mean a significant cost increase,” the CVRD says.

All products accepted in the bins, excluding glass and film plastics, can be recycled as part of the region-wide residential curbside-collection program.

Glass and film plastics can be dropped at CVRD recycling centres at Bings Creek, Peerless Road and Meade Creek.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Trash trauma at Cobble Hill turnaround riles resident
Cowichan Aquatic Centre scales back programming as weather improves
Seven great Remembrance Day reads from around B.C.
Clark rules out free vote on killing HST
High risk offender wanted B.C.-wide, say Vancouver Police
FCANCER AND FAMILIES-Part 2: Family knew little of children’s cancer
Welcome Wagon honours long time businesses
Harvest fan
Flu shot-or-mask rule upheld by arbitrator

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 24 edition online now. Browse the archives.