Resource Recovery

Dreams do come true!

The qathet Regional District is receiving $6,000,000 in federal funding to help construct a state-of-the-art Resource Recovery Centre on what was the Old Incinerator site across from the Willingdon Beach campgrounds.

This new facility will divert numerous waste products from the solid waste stream and help the Regional District move closer to achieving its goal of “Zero Waste”.

This project will greatly contribute to the region’s sustainability by up-cycling, re-cycling and re-purposing expended materials as well as reducing greenhouse gases created through the current transportation of waste abroad.

The closure of the Marine Avenue Old Incinerator Site and the build out of a state-of-the-art Resource Recovery Centre (RRC) and Transfer Station are key components in the region’s Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP). The RRC and Transfer Station at the site will facilitate a one-stop drop that will bring our region closer to Zero Waste. Approximately 8 acres of land adjoining the RRC site will be available for public amenity/uses limited to parking, active transportation corridor (trails) and botanical garden/s. For more information regarding any one of these opportunities, please contact the City planning department at 604 485-6291. Please note that the RRC site and adjoining land is currently closed to the public.

Phase 1 & 2 have completed and the final phase, Phase 3 has begun!

Significant changes have happened on the 20 acre site located in the heart of town (across from the Willingdon Beach campgrounds). Follow your way through the project in the following video series.  The most recent videos are posted first.
PHASE III
CBC radio interview with Mike Wall & Let’s Talk Trash August 2021, and
qathet Living Magazine cover feature & article August 2021
Phase III of the project will be the design and construction of the RRC facility. This phase of the project will be completed in 2022. Individuals, groups, organizations, or companies interested in sharing their ideas for diverting waste materials through the RRC site (wood waste, glass, rubble, fabrics, furniture, etc.) can contact Let’s Talk Trash at info@letstalktrash.ca.
PHASE II
VIDEO LINK #1     VIDEO LINK #2   VIDEO LINK #3 (Incorporating Natural Assets: Storm Water RunOff)  Phase II of the project was the closure of the incinerator ash landfill site which included the excavation of buried materials as well as the completion of the earthworks for the new RRC facility. This work was completed in December, 2020. Check out this article regarding the Phase II work in the PR PEAK entitled Resource Recovery Centre in Powell River Enters Second Phase.
PHASE I 
VIDEO LINK Phase I of the Resource Recovery Centre project was completed in May of 2020, one week ahead of schedule and significantly under budget. This initial site cleanup phase included the sorting and processing of materials stockpiled at the site such as tires, glass, asphalt and wood waste. Left behind ‘resources’ have been kept on site where possible and materials identified for functional upcycled art projects. First draft designs for the coming one-stop-shop recycling centre, Free Store, new transfer station, and education centre are on their way to completion.
Check out these articles regarding the Phase I work in the Powell River PEAK entitled Resource-recovery centre takes shape in Powell River and  Phase one of resource-recovery centre in Powell River comes in under budget
Prior to PHASE I
For more information on all Phases of the project, see the qathet Regional District page.