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RDCK removes temporary COVID-19 measures at waste facilities

Users of the Grohman Narrows transfer station will see some new protective measures and processes put in place. — The Nelson Daily photo

Going to the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) waste facilities returned to normal earlier this week as temporary measures put in place due to COVID-19 have now been removed.

In a media release the RDCK said all facilities are now accepting payment and all material types, including construction and demolition waste, as well as bulky items with no limits on load size or frequency.

The RDCK said the free yard and garden program will continue until Saturday, May 30. 

“A lot of effort has been put into making our sites safe for staff and the public and we’d like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding as we continue to adapt to these new challenges,” said Amy Wilson, Resource Recovery Manager, in the media release.

The RDCK scaled sites began transitioning back at the end of April, however, the non-scaled sites had more considerations in regards to site specific safety measures. 

The RDCK said all sites required safety plans, site retrofits, and in-person training for new procedures, before the temporary measures could be removed. 

The RDCK said users at all sites can expect to see delays due to the new protective measures and processes put in place. 

At non-scaled sites, users are asked to remain in their vehicle and await instruction from the site attendant. 

The RDCK said measure include once the load has been assessed the attendant will direct the public towards the new payment transaction area. 

The RDCK said users are reminded to not attempt to pay the attendant until directed to the designated area.

The RDCK said in order to maintain proper physical distancing safety measures, users are reminded to maintain a minimum of six feet distance from staff and other site users at all times. 

“We are proud of the efforts from our front line staff over the past few months,” said Aimee Watson, RDCK Board Chair.  “They have faced many challenges, but have continued to serve our communities though all this upheaval. We are very pleased to be back to providing full services at all our facilities.”

Click here to visit the RDCK website for more information about all our waste facilities and hours of operation.

Incorporated in 1965, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) is a local government that serves 60,000 residents in 11 electoral areas and nine member municipalities. The RDCK provides more than 160 services, including community facilities, fire protection and emergency services, grants, planning and land use, regional parks, resource recovery and handling, transit, water services and much more. For more information about the RDCK, visit www.rdck.ca.