General News · 21st September 2009
The Cortes Recycling Centre, a product of so much local dedication & volunteerism, will soon undergo a major upgrade.
Dova, her crew and you have identified key changes that would improve our ability to use the centre. Our use of the recycling bays, so lovingly built many years ago, has outgrown the existing building and more space is needed to accommodate increasing use. The traffic congestion on site, which is at times both hair-raising and a safety concern, needs addressing.
This winter the recycling bays will be replaced with a larger building on the same site and extending back into the bush. This space will house new recycling bays, bails of recycled goods and the bobcat.
Site clearing for the new building behind the existing recycling bays will get under way this fall, with tree falling and rock blasting. Rock cleared from the new site will be used to make a ring road around the existing garbage dumpsters so that you can drive up, unload, and then continue driving on in the same direction. This will alleviate some of the current traffic congestion, which gets particularly nuts in the summer months.
The building of the new facility will go out to tender this fall and I hope that local builders will make application. For those interested in more information, contact Drew Hadfield, at 250-334-6025 or dhadfieldcomoxvalleyrd.ca
$150,000 was budgeted for this project in 2008, just as the Comox Strathcona Regional District split into the Strathcona RD and the Comox-Valley RD, however, due to internal turmoil this project is just now getting underway. That amount is still fully available. When the district split, solid waste (garbage and recycling) remained a joint service shared by the former CSRD areas and is now administered by the CVRD. Funds for this Cortes project are generated not through general taxation but rather through tipping fees at all regional waste management facilities including Courtenay and Campbell River. Although Cortes contributes to this fund through our garbage pick-up fees, high populated areas do ‘supplement’ lower populated areas. In this way, the project turns out to be a financial good deal for Cortes.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact myself, Dova or Drew.
In Gratitude, Noba Anderson
Box 394, Whaletown, BC, V0P 1Z0