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By-election important for future of NRE

Sheila Malcolmson is the only candidate showing interest in the future of the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange and how important Zero Waste is to climate change. She has reached out to the NRE many times, and recently made this statement to the NRE Board of Directors.

“It is an exciting time to work with Nanaimo’s new council, Leonard Krog, and organizations like the NRE to achieve the Zero Waste and Climate Change goals in our community. We have to take this seriously, and I am committed to being a strong link as MLA between Nanaimo and the provincial government’s climate change initiatives.”
-Sheila Malcolmson


Media Release – July 16, 2018

Nanaimo Recycling Exchange Board of Directors and Executive Director Jan Hastings thank everyone involved with the efforts to bring the NRE Zero Waste vision forward to the City of Nanaimo. In particular, Mayor McKay and Councillor Brennan who consistently supported the vision and belief held by many residents that Zero Waste is an important goal.

The NRE also extends many thanks to the volunteers that worked on the project, and the highly professional Nanaimo City staff that were tasked with providing reports for Council and advice to the NRE on the construction project.

“This lack of support for the NRE will be a disappointment for the many thousands of people that relied on the NRE” stated Monica Quinn, who has served on the NRE board for more than 18 years. Ms. Quinn questions why, after NRE‘s 25 years of dedicated service to the community, the decision about the fate of the NRE was held in-camera.

In spite of the NRE position that all stakeholders are needed to achieve the new 90% diversion target, Hastings believes the process available to present a vision can divide. “Going before Council with a vision that gets siphoned down to a financial ask for one organization is not the process the NRE would have preferred. It’s a process that unavoidably becomes adversarial rather than collaborative” stated Hastings. “Now we are seeing the result of such a process.”

Hastings went on to say, “A more collaborative process with Council would have produced a better result than NRE closure. As closure loomed, the NRE felt a deep responsibility and commitment to see the process through for the citizens of Nanaimo. Now we know for sure how this Council reacted to our vision, and the preference by the majority of Council for private sector recycling, regardless of diversion limitations.”

NRE Board Chair Rob Campbell stated, “This is a huge step backwards for our community. Leaving profit-driven recyclers in charge of zero waste recycling is like the fox guarding the henhouse. Not all recycling makes profit. How will that waste be managed now?”

Campbell went on to say, “For 25 years the NRE has been the driving force behind Nanaimo’s thriving recycling culture and has invested significant time and money into solving local waste problems. We are now forced to sell our rare centrally located Industrial land in the heart of Nanaimo. We hope to work with a new progressive Council that understands the importance of collaboration that is required to achieve the RDN’s 90% diversion target.”

NRE vice chair Ben Geselbracht noted, “Today 55% of recyclable materials are going to the regional landfill. Bold action in public policy and investment in infrastructure is required to deal with our community’s growing waste problem. Cities all around the world are taking these progressive actions and from the support I saw from our campaign, I think Nanaimo is ready for it.”

“The NRE remains committed to the Zero Waste vision, and to that end our organization will be taking time to formulate our next steps. We look forward to supporting progressive policy to address the serious problem of waste in our community,” stated Campbell.


Nanaimo Recycling Exchange business plan

After months of consultation and preparation, tomorrow evening we are going before Nanaimo City Council to present our business plan for a new one-stop drop zero waste recycling facility. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the community consultants, volunteers and supporters who have so generously helped us prepare for this presentation.

We encourage you to look through the business plan. If you like what you see, and you want it to become a reality, please join us at the city council meeting on Monday June 11th, 7pm at the Shaw Auditorium in the Vancouver Island Conference Centre.

NRE BUSINESS PLAN June 6 2018.compressed


Nanaimo Recycling Exchange CLOSED

03/21/2018 – The Nanaimo Recycling Exchange is closed until further notice. Our lease has expired and we are in the process of vacating our current location. We are continuing our efforts to build a new facility at 2491 Kenworth Rd. If you support the use of public funds to build a new Nanaimo Recycling Exchange for our community, we encourage you to email mayor& and make your opinion heard. Thank you to everyone who has supported and continues to support the NRE.


NRE Encouraged by RDN Support

Nanaimo Recycling Exchange is thrilled with the RDN’s decision to support Zero Waste targets through funding for the NRE. “The NRE wishes to acknowledge the considerable time, resources, and efforts by RDN staff to gather complex data and compile the report, and we appreciate the careful consideration by Chair Veenhof and the Board of Directors. The result is great news for the Regional District and for Nanaimo,” stated Jan Hastings, Executive Director of the NRE.

Hastings explained, “It is true that the $300,000.00 dedicated for Zero Waste doesn’t free up enough NRE capital to fund construction of a new facility, but it is a significant step forward. One more step is needed.”

At the RDN meeting on February 13, the NRE Board Vice-Chair Ben Geselbracht stated the need for a contribution from the City of Nanaimo. “The money committed by the RDN to pay the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange for the services it provides has made a new NRE facility a real possibility. With an additional $200,000.00 commitment from the city, our community can have a one-stop Zero Waste recycling facility for a fraction of what it costs the Cowichan Valley Regional District for the same service. We will present a formal request to the City for that contribution and welcome their commitment to Zero Waste partnership in this region,” stated Geselbracht.

Hastings added, “We couldn’t have better partners for Zero Waste recycling. With such dedicated collaboration, a community that believes in recycling, and participation from all sectors, we will reach our 90% diversion target.”


Holiday Hours

Closed December 24, 25, 26
Open December 27, 28, 29, 30
Closed December 31 and Jan 1


Vote YES for a new Nanaimo Recycling Exchange

Architect's rendering of proposed NRE depotA campaign was launched last week asking community members to let local politicians know that the NRE matters to them and they want to see it stick around. The response has been really encouraging. So many messages of support have poured in and people are stopping by the NRE to fill out postcards too.

The Vote Yes NRE campaign has a website – – where you can find out more about what they are doing and how you can help.

They are also on Facebook and Twitter.


Tank Traders Exchange Program

Our propane tank exchange program is now up and running.

What is the program all about?

If you have no tank, damaged tank or a tank older than 10 years
• You buy a Program Tank full of propane.
• You pay $60.00
• When your tank is empty, you bring it back and exchange it for a full tank.

If you bring a tank to trade (no damage, younger than 10 years)
• You trade your tank for a filled Trader tank for $25.00
• You pay only the cost of propane

New program tank with propane $60.00
Traded tank with propane $25.00


Changes to glass disposal

We are no longer accepting window glass, shower doors, patio doors, wooden windows, or mirrors. These products can be disposed of at the Regional Landfill at 1105 Cedar Rd. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and thank you for your continued support of the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange!


Event Bins

The Nanaimo Recycling Exchange previously offered Event Bins for no charge. We no longer have the funds or ability to transport these bins to events in Nanaimo and the District. Apologies for any inconvenience. You are still welcome to collect your own recycling at the event and bring it in to us at the depot ! Thank you to your continued support of the Nanaimo Recycling Exchange !


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