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Ord Road recycling depot will close at end of year

A photo included in the city administration report to illustrate reasons for shutting down the Ord Road Recycle Depot.
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November 22, 2016 - 3:42 PM

KAMLOOPS - The Ord Road Recycle Depot is going to be shut down in the new year.

City council voted six-to-two today, Nov. 22, to close the depot on Jan. 1, 2017 because of the cost, misuse and vandalism.

City administration says the depot costs substantially more than similar sites, and closing it would save the city $40,000 with minimal impact to residents.

Public works director Jen Fretz told council garbage is often dumped at the site contaminating the recycling, meaning all the material goes to the dump.

Councillors Donovan Cavers and Denis Walsh voted against the motion to close the depot.

Walsh raised concerns about the lack of recycling services in the city’s north.

“It bothers me the fact nothing else other than General Grants on the North Shore,” Walsh said.

Mayor Peter Milobar said the actions of some mean residents lose out on a facility.

“The name is the Ord Road Recycle Depot; the use of it is the Ord Road transfer station,” Milobar said. “The actions of the ones who aren’t using things properly are causing problems for the ones who are using it properly.”

Security cameras have been considered, but city administration estimated they’d cost $25,000 and may not help. The depot is an unsupervised site open 24/7 for residents to drop off recycling.

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