Tumbler Ridge residents have generally been conscious of the responsibility of keeping the planet green by keeping waste out of the landfill, and the newly opened Recycle Centre will enhance the opportunity to be environmentally responsible. The Centre will be a welcome addition to the community, giving residents more options to keep Tumbler Ridge ?Green?.
Among the standard recyclable, such as paper, plastic, cardboard and glass, the plant will also recycle electronics, which is new. Residents can now take those old computers, stereos, printers, etc. to the site for disposal.
Metal wastes, batteries, paint and paint containers, and tires are also accepted.
The unit is expected to process on a monthly basis the following:
glass 450 kilos
plastics 600 kilos
paper 4,500 kilos
The transfer station is open to the public Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:00 am. to 6:00 pm.
The building is 2400 square feet with a life expectancy of 50 to 60 years and cost $252,000 to build. Of that cost 72 percent was covered by grants from the provincial and federal governments.
The building meets the Leeds and Green building standards; 75 percent recyclable materials was used to construct the building. The standard is for a minimum of 50 percent. The Recycle Centre will require two employees to operate it.