At the February 6th Council meeting, Director of Public Works Wayne Hancock reported the scheduled re-opening of the much-missed Reuse Centre at the Transfer Station on Syer Line. Residents have been asking about this facility for many months.
Hancock explained that the building was closed during the COVID-19 pandemic at the recommendation of the Peterborough Public Health (PPH) Unit. At the time, all other municipalities within the County of Peterborough also closed their Reuse Centers. Gradually these facilities have reopened across the County, adhering to PPH guidelines for public workspaces, and ours will soon follow suit.
The reopening date of April 1st gives staff time to clean out the stored equipment currently held in the building and install new shelving and signage, which will outline what items will be permitted and what is not permitted in the building. It will also ensure that any wildlife occupants are evicted. The exterior will also receive a facelift as staff install new exterior siding, fascia and eaves trough.
Items that are reusable and in good working condition will be kept for a period of time to allow residents the opportunity to take them home to extend their useful life. Items which are broken, unsanitary or have alternate donation streams such as clothing, footwear and certain textiles will not be accepted at the centre. Some of these items can be placed in the Diabetes Canada bins located at the Transfer Station; while books may be donated to the Township Libraries.