Free stores at CVRD recycling centres could soon reopen

Stores closed during pandemic

The CVRD is considering reopening its Free Stores at a number of its recycling centres, including including the one at Bings Creek (pictured), which have been closed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file photo)

The CVRD is considering reopening its Free Stores at a number of its recycling centres, including including the one at Bings Creek (pictured), which have been closed since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Citizen file photo)

The free stores at a number of the Cowichan Valley Regional District’s recycling centres may be reopening soon.

Mark Boysen, the CVRD’s general manager of operations, said staff have been asked by the board to provide a report that will provide free store options to consider.

He said the report will be presented in late January.

“There are several important considerations involved and they will all be provided in the report,” Boysen said.

“The discussion will include the free stores at all three of our facilities.”

Free stores at the recycling centres are places where people can bring used clothing, books, toys, household items, and other materials that can be reused for other people to take home for free.

The CVRD’s three free stores, located at Meade Creek, Peerless and Bings Creek recycling centres, have been closed since the spring of 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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