Residents who use the Mcleese Lake Recycling Depot will now have to find another way to recycle.
Cariboo Regional District Area D Director Steve Forseth said sometime last week someone drove up and made off with it.
This will affect residents in the communities of Mcleese Lake, Tyee Lake, and Soda Creek.
“Significant users are now impacted without a Recycling Depot in Mcleese Lake and their only options are either dropping it off at the Wildwood Transfer Station or driving all the way to Williams Lake and dropping it off at the Central Cariboo Transfer Station on Frizzi Road.”
Forseth said the options of what to do are really limited at this point and that he has spoken with CRD staff this week.
“They’re reluctant to put another depot there at this point because it might be swiped easily again. So what they’re doing right now is that recycling depot at Mcleese Lake was part of Recycle BC’s Program of recycling depots throughout BC.” Forseth said, “So they’re going to be in discussions with them to see what the next steps look like, but at least for the immediate term there won’t be any recycling opportunities at Mcleese Lake, which is a real disappointment because residents have asked for this for a great number of years, so to have this taken away from them by thieves is really appalling”.
The Recycling Depot has been in place at Mcleese Lake since September 2019.
Forseth said the residents he’s talked to so far are quite heartbroken and quite angry and rightfully so that this has taken place because someone decided that they really needed this modified shipping container.