Municipal Recycling in Burnaby Gets a New Home

In a just a few short weeks the new municipal recycling facility in Burnaby will open its doors at 4800 Still Creek Avenue. A partner of Call2Recycle, the City of Burnaby continues to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability in the region, with this new facility offering many improved features for users.

The Recycling Centre provides easy access to information on all Burnaby recycling programs and on environmental sustainability. A demonstration rain garden and bio-swale forms the entry court off the Central Valley Greenway. The Still Creek Drive Centre for Soil Health offers information on composting and nutrients in soils. Furthermore, the Centre’s staff is currently working on ways to increase waste diversion in all sectors: single-family, multi-family, institutional and commercial.

Among the many items it accepts for recycling – including Styrofoam and used cooking oil – the new Recycling Centre also accepts household primary and rechargeable batteries. The Burnaby facility is one of Call2Recycle’s over 1,600 battery collection sites across British Columbia.

The facility boasts unique features in its overall design, including a building that incorporates heavy timber salvaged from the Burnaby Heights Resource Centre. The operations building includes sustainable design features in line with LEED Gold standards.

Kel Coulson, an Environmental Engineer with the City of Burnaby, sees the overall benefits of the new facility as threefold: “It will enhance our service provision to citizens; it will make the experience of coming to the depot more inviting, appealing and pleasant; and it will showcase sustainability approaches, such as rain gardens and swales, to engage and educate visitors.”

The Recycling Centre is set to open in early September.

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