News from Kamloops

June 22, 2015

Strike Halts Recyclables Collection

Kamloops, B.C. –The City of Kamloops’ contractor for processing recyclables, Emterra Environmental, is currently experiencing a labour dispute resulting in a strike, effective today, Monday, June 22nd.

The City is not equipped to store recyclables in a safe and environmentally sound manner, which requires a secure area to avoid wind distribution of paper and other materials onto neighbouring properties or waterways. The City will be ceasing to pick up recycling effective immediately and until further notice. This includes single family homes, multi-family homes, and cardboard from some businesses, as well as the City’s four recycling depots (located on McGill Rd, Ord Rd and at the Mission Flats and Barnhartvale Landfills).

Residents are asked to store their recyclables on their property if possible. Alternatively, recycling can be taken to the following Multi-Material BC recycling locations, however, all materials must be separated and sorted prior to drop off (i.e. paper, plastic, foam, glass, etc.).

  • Lorne Street Bottle Depot – 270 Halston Avenue
  • General Grant’s Recycling Centers - North Shore – 611 Fortune Drive
  • General Grant’s Recycling Centers - Sahali – 963 Camosun Crescent

The City hopes that the labour dispute between Emterra Environmental and United Steelworkers Local 1-417 will be resolved quickly.

Regular garbage collection will not be affected and will continue as per usual, and the City landfills remain open.

For regular updates, please check www.kamloops.ca. For further information on Multi-Material BC Recycling visit their website at http://recyclinginbc.ca/.

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Media Contact:
Glen Farrow, Streets and Environmental Services Manager
City of Kamloops
250-828-3802
Gfarrow@kamloops.ca