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$77M Coquitlam recycling facility to open

$77M Coquitlam recycling facility to open
METRO VANCOUVER - A map shows the location of a new recycling facility set to open in Metro Vancouver later this month.

COQUITLAM, B.C. – Recycling is about to get much easier for Metro Vancouver residents. 

The region is set to open the United Boulevard Recycling and Waste Centre later this month. The one-stop drop-off facility will be located at 995 United Blvd. in Coquitlam.

The construction budget for the new recycling and waste centre was $77.6 million, with the cost funded through tipping fees an included in Metro Vancouver’s five-year financial plan.

The facility will replace the nearby Coquitlam Recycling and Waste Centre, which will close at the end of the day on March 12. The Coquitlam Recycling and Waste Centre is on leased land that is being redeveloped as part of the Fraser Mills community.

“We are already a North American leader in waste reduction and recycling with a 64-per-cent diversion rate. This new facility, serving approximately 200,000 customers per year, will make it easier and more accessible to recycle all kinds of items, and will help us reach our regional goal of an 80-per-cent recycling rate,” said Jack Froese, chair of Metro Vancouver’s Zero Waste Committee, in a press release.

The United Boulevard Recycling and Waste Centre, which is triple the size when compared to the old facility, features more room to queue safely and twice as many weigh scales.

Some of the items that can be turned in include:

  • Used automotive oil, antifreeze, and oil containers
  • Batteries, electronics, and light fixtures
  • Plastic containers and bags
  • Books, magazines, and other paper
  • Clothing and textiles
  • Mattresses and box springs
  • Yard trimmings and food waste
  • Gypsum
  • Glass

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