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New recycling facility open in Ladysmith

Over 650 different items can now being recycled in Ladysmith, at the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s new Peerless Road Recycling Centre. The grand opening of the state-of-the-art facility was celebrated Wednesday morning.

It was built on the site of an old garbage incinerator. It’s sitting on 45,000 cubic metres of ash, which has been safely enclosed in the base. CVRD Board Chair and Ladysmith Mayor Rob Hutchins says the $4.2 million facility is a worthwhile investment.

Hutchins says diversion is critical. The CVRD doesn’t have a landfill of its own, so all of its trash has to ship its trash to a landfill in Washington State.

Nanaimo Alberni MP James Lunney says the federal Gas Tax Fund contributed $1.68 million to the project.

The facility will accept everything from household recyclables and organic waste to appliances and tires. It will also include a “Free Store” where items that can be repaired or are in good condition can find a new home.

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