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Use landfills and transfer stations responsibly during COVID-19

During the COVID-19 crisis, the Regional District of Fraser-Fort George’s landfills and transfer stations have remained open to residents. As this pandemic continues, residents are reminded of their responsibility to access solid waste facilities safely, protecting public health and reducing the spread of the COVID-19 virus by maintaining social and physical distancing.

“Like any essential business or service, we have had to adapt our way of operating during this challenging time,” said Laura Zapotichny, Manager of Waste Diversion Programs for the Regional District. “If shoppers understand that the line ups and reduced capacity within grocery stores protect everyone’s safety during this pandemic, they should expect that these same conditions are enforced at our landfills and transfer stations.”

To help ease some of the congestion, five sites that remained on winter hours will return to summer hours beginning May 1. Those sites include the Quinn Street Recycle Depot and Transfer Station and transfer stations in Bear Lake, Valemount, McBride and Mackenzie.

For full details on operating schedules for all of the Regional District’s solid waste facilities, please visit www.rdffg.bc.ca.

If residents are planning to visit a solid waste facility, it is important they recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic impacts landfill and transfer station operations, and that they must adhere to the following guidelines:

Social and physical distancing measures are mandatory at all sites. For the safety of all visitors and staff, distancing measures are in place to ensure that individuals stay at least the recommended 2 metres or 6 feet away from each other.

Avoid unnecessary trips. Residents are asked to first maximize their use of available curbside waste and recycling collection services before visiting a landfill or transfer station. Residents should also consider if something requires immediate disposal and hang onto items like old fridges, tires or yard waste.

Expect long lineups, especially on the weekends. With social distancing measures in place, the ability to manage a large volume of traffic at all sites has been significantly reduced. Plan trips accordingly, allowing enough time for line ups and understand that patience is required.

Residents are also reminded that some recycling depots remain closed due to COVID-19, For the most up to date information on which locations remain open, please visit www.return-it.ca.

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