With the closure of Sooke Disposal’s transfer station last month, residents have had few options to dump their unwanted waste.
But as of Nov. 1, there will be a new transfer station in town, serviced by the Langford-based company, Alpine Group.
The new drop-off site, A&P Disposal & Recycling, will be located on 6220 Marilyn Rd, just off Sooke River Road. The area is zoned as M3 Heavy Industrial, which is mandatory for a garbage dump.
“There’s no issues with the zoning whatsoever, that’s why we got our business license right away,” said co-owner, Alfred Hass.
“The bins are just going to be dropped off and taken away in a few days, so we’re hoping there won’t be any smells because things are going to go in and come out really quick.”
Items that can be dropped off include household garbage, wood and garden waste, household appliances, furniture, plastics, styrofoam and cardboard.
Metals can be dropped off for free, but construction type items like drywall, dirt and cement bricks will not be accepted.
There are also future plans to add a recycling service.
“We’re not going to do recycling yet, but we’ll look at getting into that as we get set up more down the road,” Hass said.
According to Hass, the transfer station is about .4 of an acre. There will be two 40-yard bins that will be covered from rain.
“Space-wise we’re just going to make it work and if we need to expand it a little bit we have…more room to do that,” he said.
Hass is partnering with local businessman Patrick Weston, who has been in business in the area since 1989.
Weston owns scrap metal recycling centre, Westshore Auto Recycling.
“I just noticed Sooke needed something like this and I had the spare land,” Weston said.
The transfer station will be open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
There will be a minimum charge of $4, which will increase depending on weight.