Recycling Depot Relocation

Background

Metro Vancouver is currently constructing a replacement facility for the Coquitlam Transfer Station at the old Coquitlam landfill site. The new facility will be located at 995 United Boulevard in Coquitlam.

As part of the new regional transfer station, an expanded municipal recycling depot is being constructed and funded by the Tri-City communities of Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody. Metro Vancouver extended an invitation to the City of New Westminster to participate in the new depot, and New Westminster will join the new facility when it opens for operations in 2020.

The new regional recycling depot/transfer station will provide a convenient one-stop drop for free recyclables and reusables such as beverage containers, books and clothing, electronics, metal, household hazardous waste, yard trimmings, etc., and paid recyclables such mattresses as well as non-recyclable garbage.

Metro Vancouver research has shown that providing one-stop drop-off facilities substantially reduces the amount of recyclables disposed of with garbage. Transfer station users overwhelmingly support the provision of recycling services at transfer stations.

The relocation of the facility also allows for an ideal site configuration of the new aquatics and community centre facility.

Metro Vancouver Regional Transfer Station


Design concept only


Design concept only

Facility overview & Features

  • The new transfer station will be a full-service waste and recycling facility serving commercial and residential or small business customers.
  • The transfer station will be open 363 days a year, serving about 200,000 customers.
  • Dedicated recycling traffic lanes.

Acceptable Recycling Items:

  • Batteries
  • Beverage containers
  • Books (for donation)
  • Cellular phones
  • Clothing (for donation)
  • Cooking oil
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Electronics
  • Expanded polystyrene
  • Glass containers
  • Gasoline
  • Lamps and light fixtures
  • Metals: Scrap metal, appliances, power equipment
  • Oil filters
  • Paint products and solvents
  • Recyclable paper
  • Pesticides
  • Plastics
  • Plastic film and plastic bags
  • Propane tanks
  • Small appliances & power tools
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
  • Thermostats
  • Yard trimmings
  • Mattresses
  • New gypsum

Financial Implications

The Tri-Cities communities, including Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody, have all agreed to participate in funding the new regional recycling depot. The overall annual estimated cost for land, operating and capital expenses for the depot is $295,000 per year.

Based on a funding model that apportions 50% of the cost on population and 50% on use, New Westminster’s cost would be $44,000 per year. In comparison, 2017 operating expenses at the City’s recycling depot were $113,000.  Usage data is based on customer surveys of the depot at the current Coquitlam Transfer Station over the last three years.

Alternative Considerations & Options

Staff have also considered alternative depot locations within the City. Given the high cost of land, relative proximity to private recycling facilities, and the breadth of our residential recycling and organic green waste collection programs, it is not considered cost effective to establish a new recycling depot within city limits.

Depot User Surveys

User surveys were conducted at the recycling depot where approximately 200 patrons were questioned as to their frequency of use and their neighbourhood of residence.

77% of respondents frequent the New Westminster Recycling Depot regularly, making a trip at least once per month, 56% of respondents reside within close proximity to the current location with more than one quarter of all respondents living in the Queen’s Park neighbourhood alone.  Interestingly, staff had difficulty in finding new participants to take the survey after a period of months of surveying as most visitors they questioned had already been surveyed.

Additional Information

Council Report - April 8, 2019

Contact

For more information, please call 604-526-4691 or email