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Lower Nicola Eco-Depot Set To Open

As part of the Thompson-Nicola Regional Districts ongoing efforts to work towards more environmentally sound ways of solid-waste management, the TNRD is opening the Lower Nicola Eco-Depot on April 30.

Residents who previously took their waste to the Lower Nicola Landfill will now be able to dispose of it at the new Eco-Depot facility, which is housed on the same site as the landfill on 2348 Woodward Road. As of April 30, there will be no public access to the Lower Nicola Landfill.

Eco-Depots are an improved way for residents to manage their solid waste. A one-stop drop for all waste and recyclable materials, the facility will allow residents to separate recyclables and reusable materials from the waste stream before disposing of the residual in large bins destined for the landfill.

The new facilities employ a weight-based strategy to accurately record waste and recycling, which will end up saving area residents and businesses money. This replaces a volume-based system that was previously used at TNRD landfills and transfer stations. Users will be charged a $60-per-tonne disposal fee waste with a minimum charge set at one dollar.

Tipping fees can only be paid with debit, credit cards or TNRD Eco-Cards. Cash will not be accepted at the Lower Nicola Eco-Depot. Also, the Lower Nicola Eco-Depot has new hours: Monday, 8 a.m. to noon; Tuesday, noon to 4 p.m.; and Wednesday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The transition from landfills to Eco-Depots in the TNRD is one of the key elements of the TNRDs Solid Waste Management Plan that was adopted in 2008.

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