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Hang onto your recycling: Pickup still stalled by volume, weather, vehicles needing repairs

Some neighbourhoods in the capital region haven't had their recycling picked up since before Christmas.
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Greater Victoria residents are being asked to store their recycling until their next scheduled pick-up day, as there won’t be alternate days for collections. ADRIAN LAM, TIMES COLONIST

Some residents in the Capital Regional District have had to wait several weeks for their blue-box recycling to be collected at the curb.

The CRD said the company contracted to pick up paper, cans and plastics has been hit with a perfect storm — piles of snow and inclement weather, high volumes of materials from the holiday season, staffing challenges and supply-chain problems that are affecting equipment maintenance.

A tweet by a Victoria resident on Thursday said: “No recycling pickup, again. Next pickup Jan. 27. Last Dec. 23 six weeks apart.”

Residents are being asked to store their recycling until their next scheduled pick-up day, as there won’t be alternate days for collections.

The CRD said Emterra, the contractor responsible for collections, is trying its best to complete scheduled routes between 7:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. each day, but volumes at the curb following weather-related cancellations and problems with vehicles needing repairs have led to additional service disruptions in some areas.

Residents are encouraged to return paper, cardboard and mixed containers to a recycling depot to help ease collection volumes over the next few weeks.

A list of participating depots can be found on the CRD website.

dkloster@timescolonist.com