CSRD, District of Sicamous work to find recycling depot site

Monday, October 21, 2019

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) is continuing to work with the District of Sicamous on finding a suitable location to re-establish a downtown recycling depot. 

Currently, there is no downtown recycling depot available, but residents can continue to take their recyclables to the Sicamous Landfill.

The CSRD had started the process of relocating the recycling depot to the Sicamous Bottle Depot to increase the convenience for residents, who would have to make fewer stops to drop off accepted materials. This has been shown to increase the amount of recyclables collected and would be consistent with the CSRD’s other member municipalities. It was also an opportunity to increase the hours of depot operation from 24 to 36 hours per week.

The District of Sicamous, however, did not support the relocation to the Sicamous Bottle Depot location, noting it is not compatible with its Official Community Plan. The Parkland Mall site, however, is also not zoned to permit recycling or salvaging businesses. These types of uses can only take place on industrially-zoned property.

The CSRD has asked the District of Sicamous for a list of acceptable alternative sites, so these can be reviewed and a mutually acceptable site can be determined. Staff from both organizations are working together to resolve the situation.

Delays in relocating the CSRD’s downtown recycling operations have resulted in concerns being expressed by Recycle BC, as the CSRD’s agreement includes a downtown Sicamous location. The CSRD has asked Recycle BC for an extension until June 30, 2020 to find a suitable site.

Photo: Until a new site is established in Sicamous for a downtown recycling depot, residents can take their accepted materials to the Sicamous landfill depot, shown above. CSRD photo.