COVID – 19 SERVICE UPDATES

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COVID SERVICE UPDATES:

Thrift Store – Hospital Auxiliary (Economy Shop) reopens November 2nd, 2020

– No donations for the first few weeks.
– Hours: 12:00 – 4:00 pm Monday – Friday

Tla’amin Recycling Depot Reopening September 29th 9:00 am 

– Regular hour.
– Please practice safe distancing measures and pre-sort materials.

Thirft Store update – Sept 17, 2020

-Hospital Auxiliary (Economy Shop) & Salvation Army Thrift Stores are CLOSED until further notice.
– MCC Thrift Store is OPEN (see store for hours) and donations are currently CLOSED as storeroom is full (see store for updates).

CURBSIDE COMPOST PICK UP PILOT PROJECT- restarting August 4, 2020

Effective August 4th, 2020. Participants please continue to use your green bins for organics collection and follow the garbage schedule for collection in your area.

The City of Powell River began an organics trial in October 2017 with 400 households having been selected for participation. Participants are now invited (starting August 4th) to use their green bins for organics collection (kitchen scraps and yard waste – refer to website for details). Collection is on garbage day.

*Currently, although there has been greater demand for participation, the City is not taking on any more households in its trial.

AUGUSTA RECYCLING DEPOT OPEN- July 21, 2020

Effective Immediately the Augusta Recycling Depot has reopened to the public. The depot will be open from 8am to 5pm, Monday thru Saturday.

Please adhere to the following:
• Do not visit Augusta if you are not feeling well or if you have travelled out of the province in the last 2 weeks.
• Wait for your turn to access the unloading area, staff can only have a couple people unloading at a time so there may be a delay before you can offload. Please be patient and wait your turn.
• When dropping off recyclables maintain a 6 ft distance from any Augusta employee or other customers.
• Pre-sort your recyclables at home. It is important to drop off your recyclables as quickly as possible to try and alleviate any traffic congestion. Larger unsorted loads can be refused.

CITY REINSTATES GARBAGE TAGS – June 6, 2020

As of June 15th the City of Powell River will return to garbage tags for each bag.

Tags cost $2 per bag and are for sale at: City Hall, Quality Foods, Mitchell Brothers, Save-On-Foods, Shoppers Drug Mart, Top of the Hill Grocery & Gas Bar, & Townsite Grocery Store.

No tags are required for recycling, and routes and scheduling remain unchanged.

Reminder to please have all curbside items on the curb by 7:30 am on your scheduled day to ensure there is no service disruption.

Town Centre Recycling Depot – returns to regular hours of operation – May 29, 2020

Town Centre Recycling Depot (next to Rona Building Supplies in the mall area) is now back to its regular hours of operation: Monday – Saturday 8:00 am – 5:30 pm (excluding holidays).  Please pre-sort your recyclables.  One person per side dropping off.

Thrift Store Donations & Re-openings – May 22, 2020

Some local thrift stores are now open for donation drop-offs & will also soon be re-opening their storefronts to the public with more limited services.

Donations:

Materials dropped off will be held 72 hours prior to sorting. The public is requested to avoid dropping off large volumes of donations.

  • Hospital Auxiliary Economy Shop7 days a week 10:00 – 4:00 (Drop off items at door next to main entrance door – see signs). 
  • MCC  Thrift StoreTuesdays & Saturdays 9:00 – 3:00 for donations (follow signs to new drop off door). No donation truck pick ups at this time.
  • Salvation Army Thrift Store – Not receiving donations at this time. Contact for more current updates. 604-485-2413

Store Re-openings:

Expect new safety measures to be in place limiting the number of customers in store, etc.

  • Hospital Auxiliary Economy Shop – June 1st (Mon – Fri 10:00 – 4:00)
  • MCC Thrift Store – May 26th (Mon – Sat 9:00 – 3:00)
  • Salvation Army Thrift Store – Still assessing re-opening strategy. Contact for more current updates.

Recycling at Staples Stores – May 15, 2020

Staples has suspended all its recycling programs due to considerations regarding public health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Staples recycling programs include, but may not be exclusive to: pens, highlighters, mechanical pencils, markers, and ink cartridges.  Please contact Staples for the most up to date information.

Medication Returns – April 21, 2020

Some pharmacies are pausing their medication return program. Currently, these include: Shopper’s, Save On Foods, and Rexall. Please check in with your pharmacy prior to drop off.

Compost Education Centre – Temporarily Closed – April 9, 2020

The Compost Education Centre (located in the community gardens behind the Community Resource Centre) is no longer open to the public for food scraps drop off.  Free food and yard and garden drop offs for volumes less that 20 pounds is still available at the Town Centre Recycling Depot across the parking lot from the CEC.  Loads up to 2 yards (excluding invasive species) can also be dropped off at Sunshine Disposal at 4484 Franklin Avenue (Wed, Fri, & Sat 10-4).

qathet Regional District MEDIA RELEASE: Recycling & Waste Facilities- March 27, 2020

Media Release re: qRD Recycling & Waste Facilities updates as of March 27, 2020.

SUNCOAST BOTTLE DEPOT (Return-It Program)- March 26th, 2020

There have been changes in depot operating hours:

Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 3:00 pm

Visit SunCoast Bottle Depot website for updates.

MEDICAL WASTE – in GARBAGE ONLY – March 26th, 2020

  • Ensure medical waste and products like used tissues, disinfecting wipes, face masks and rubber gloves are placed in the GARBAGE ONLY
  • Ensure that ALL GARBAGE items are bagged, and not loose.

RECYCLING DEPOT SAFETY: Additional Considerations – March 26th, 2020

BEFORE YOU GO TO A qRD WASTE OR RECYCLING FACILITY:

  • Do NOT visit a facility if you are feeling unwell, experiencing flu-like symptoms or have potentially been exposed to the coronavirus.
  • Consider if your trip is absolutely essential, or if it can wait.
  • If you have access to curbside collection, please use that service and do not go to recycling depots or waste facilities unless absolutely necessary.
  • Pre-sort your recycling to limit time spend on site.
  • Customers must observe social distancing while on site.

Please be patient as these measures are put in place to keep all residents, staff and contractors safe.

Recycle BC: No tissues, Disinfecting Wipes, Face Masks, Rubber Gloves, etc – March 26th, 2020

Recycle BC, the non-profit that manages curbside recycling, and the packaging and printed paper streams at recycling depots is asking for the following safety measures:

  • Ensure medical waste and products like used tissues, disinfecting wipes, face masks and rubber gloves are NOT included in your recycling bins or dropped off at recycling depots.
  • Use local garbage collection provider for proper disposal methods of the above items (bagged, not loose).

Stay current with Recycle BC COVID-19 updates here.

Lasqueti Island FREE STORE CLOSED – March 26th, 2020

Please refrain from dropping off any materials at the Lasqueti Island Free Store, as it is temporarily closed.

THRIFT STORES CLOSED – NO STORE DONATIONS Effective March 25th, 2020

MCC Thrift Store, the Salvation Army Thrift Store, and the Hospital Auxiliary (Economy Shop) have all closed and are not accepting donations.  Please store donations at home for the time being.

CURBSIDE COMPOST PILOT PROJECT SUSPENDED – Effective Monday, March 30th 

Residents involved in the curbside compost pilot project will no longer receive this service as of Monday, March 30th. Your Organics bin can be used to store garbage and roll to curb for curbside garbage collection.
Compost drop-off is still permitted at Town Centre Recycling Depot (keep volumes under 20 pounds). Please maintain distance from staff. No tissues or other materials that have had contact with human fluid, please.

WET WIPES in GARBAGE – City of Powell River Press Release March 23rd, 2020

Residents using wet wipes (sanitizers, baby wipes, etc) are asked to place them in the garbage.  Do not flush wet wipes. The City of Powell River has pulled three sewage system pumps for cleaning since the COVID-19 emergency began escalating because wet-wipes had plugged them up, according to Infrastructure Services Director, Tor Birtig. Click here for Press Release. Let’s Talk Trash Peak article (December ’19)

AUGUSTA RECYCLERS CHANGES starting March 20th, 2020

Effective immediately, Augusta Recyclers recycling depot has closed until further notice. All other operations and services including garbage, and yard and garden disposal are open. (Debit and Credit Card only, no cash as of March 24th).

GARBAGE BAG TAG CHANGES announced March 19th, 2020

City Resident Curbside Garbage Pick-Up: The first two garbage bags (per each scheduled pick up day) from single-family households do not require a bag tag. 

RECYCLING DEPOT CHANGES starting March 20th, 2020

All regional district recycling depots remain open, but residents are now allowed in only one at a time. Staff will monitor from outside. To avoid lines, city residents are encouraged to use their curbside recycling pick-up service. More details below.

Town Centre Recycling Depot:
New Hours: Monday – Saturday 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Only one person (per side) allowed in depot at a time.
One staff member only. Staff will monitor from outside depot.

All Other Rural Recycling Depots:
(Black Point, Van Anda, Gilles Bay, Tla’amin, & Lund)
Hours: No change.
Only one person allowed in depot at a time.
One staff member only. Staff will monitor from outside depot.

To avoid lines at depots, city residents should access the free curbside recycling pick-up service for all container and paper/cardboard recycling. Refer to the Waste Wise Guide 2020 for details, and information about other recyclables.

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