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Posted: January 19, 2022

Reuse Centres temporarily closed

The Regional District of East Kootenay’s (RDEK) six Reuse Centres have been temporarily closed as the regional government works to ensure essential service levels are maintained at its staffed transfer station sites.

“We have increasingly been dealing with higher numbers of people in the confined space of the Reuse Centres who are not following social distancing and public masking measures,” said RDEK Manager of Environmental Services Kevin Paterson. “To provide a layer of protection for our staff and ensure the sites are able to remain fully open, and at the request of our contractor, the decision has been made to temporarily close the Reuse Centres.”

All transfer stations and landfills in the region remain open and operational.

The temporary closure affects only the Reuse Centres, which are small sheds at each staffed transfer station and the Columbia Valley Landfill intended for people to drop off items that are still in good working condition for others to pick up.

“While we recognize this will have a short-term impact for those who use the Reuse Centres, we thank the public for understanding that supporting our staff while maintaining our essential service levels is our top priority,” added Paterson.

Signage has been posted and the RDEK will advise the public once the Reuse Centres are reopened.


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