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SCRD offers free recycling of large household appliances.


Coastal residents will be able to recycle major appliances for free at the Pender Harbor Solid Waste Transfer Station and Sechelt Landfill from November 1. Gibsons Recycling Depot has been offering this service on the coast since May last year.

Coastal residents will be able to recycle major appliances for free at the Pender Harbor Solid Waste Transfer Station and Sechelt Landfill starting November 1. The Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) will partner with the Major Appliance Recycling Roundtable (MARR), the responsible stewardship program for residential major appliance recycling in British Columbia

Program running at Gibsons

Gibsons Recycling Depot has joined MARR, offering this service on the coast since May last year.

“We have been running the program for a year and a half. In 2021, we collected 2,072 devices. So far this year we have collected 2,642 devices,” said Tyler Nygaard of Gibsons Recycling. Coast Journalist by email on October 17.

“We really hope the public will continue to use us for device recycling as it is a source of revenue that we rely on,” Nygaard wrote. He noted that their operation is open seven days a week and they have staff on hand to help customers unload devices, in most cases with no queuing for this service.

“Before being sent [to Vancouver] as scrap, all items containing Freon are drained by a certified local company. After that, we crush the devices and load them into 50 meter bins for transport. We crush devices to maximize the amount we can put in the trash, so less travel in Vancouver and a lower greenhouse gas footprint,” Nygaard explained.

SCRD plan details

SCRD facilities will accept refrigerators, freezers, washers and dryers, dishwashers, ranges, range hoods, built-in ovens and microwaves or over-the-range microwaves, air conditioners, trash compactors, food waste grinders, hot and cold electrical appliances. beverage dispensers, water coolers and dehumidifiers, according to a press release.

The statement also noted that its landfill and transfer station facilities have limited capacity and space to accept product and customers may experience delays when arriving at the facilities.

The SCRD has delayed implementing the appliance recycling program until public collection at the Sechelt landfill is complete. It charged a fee of $30 per unit for freon devices and $50 per unit for ammonia devices. Other metal appliances, except air conditioners, were accepted for a fee based on a rate of $150 per ton.

In the statement, SCRD’s Acting Manager of Solid Waste Services, Rebecca Porte, said: “We anticipate that the elimination of disposal fees will result in an increase in the number of devices deposited at our disposal facilities and , therefore, a reduction in the illegal dumping of these devices is also to be expected.

Mattress recycling also continues

In a related article, on October 13, the SCRD board voted to continue accepting mattresses for recycling at its Pender and Sechelt facilities through the end of 2023. A one-year contract extension with Canadian Mattress Recycler Inc. was approved at a cost of $87,030.

A staff report to the council said the recycler “separates metal, wood, foam, cotton and other materials into different categories for bailing and shipping to material-specific recycling facilities” . The report states that approximately 97% of mattress materials are recycled and that in 2021, 114 metric tons of potential waste was diverted from coastal landfills through this program.

Fees charged for accepting documents from the public have not been adjusted. SCRD facilities charge $25 per piece for dry mattresses or box springs, $30 per piece if items are wet, and $5 for crib-size mattresses.

Gibsons Recycling also accepts mattresses and box springs for recycling.

“We charge $50 a piece for them. The reason we are more expensive than the Sechelt landfill is that we truck the mattresses to a recycling facility in Hope which completely breaks them down and accepts them whether they are wet or dry. The Hope Recycling Facility charges us $22 per mattress once we deliver them there. With the cost of the land to store them, the labor to accept and load the mattresses, the ferry and fuel costs, that’s why we’re at $50 a piece,” Nygaard explained.