Temporary recycling depot to service Ladysmith’s waste management needs

Interim recycling depot to open at 4142 Thicke Road while Peerless Road depot undergoes renovations.

The Peerless Road Recycling Depot will close Sunday, April 14 to undergo a complete makeover, says Jason Adair, the Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD)’s operations superintendent.

The Peerless Road site is “being fully redeveloped into a state-of-the-art public drop-off depot,” Adair added.

Far from a simple facelift, the development will address the 45,000 cubic metres of ash that accumulated at the site while it was home to a waste incinerator. The ash will be unearthed and used as fill after it has been encased within an “engineered cell” onsite, Adair said.

The depot is tentatively scheduled to reopen Nov. 1. In the interim, a temporary drop-off depot will be housed at 4142 Thicke Rd. The provisional depot will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday.

The temporary site lacks a scale, Adair said, so the CVRD will charge flat-rate fees instead. A pickup truck or trailer full of “refuse” is priced at $30, while partial truck or trailer loads cost $15. Rates for waste wood have been set at $20 per full load and $10 per partial load. A minimum  charge of $5 applies for small quantities of either refuse or waste wood.