By Laura Keil

The McBride & Valemount transfer stations have finally gone to summer hours as of May 1st.

The Regional District had extended winter hours for the month of April during the COVID-19 restrictions.

Valemount and McBride summer hours are weekdays 9am-5pm, closed Wednesdays. On weekends, hours are 9am-4pm. On Victoria Day, Labour Day, and Thanksgiving hours are 10am-2pm. Five sites will return to summer hours: Valemount, McBride, Bear Lake, Mackenzie and Quinn Street.

Those visiting transfer stations must adhere to COVID-19 health guidelines including social and physical distancing measures of 2 metres. Residents are also asked to avoid unecessary trips and hang onto items like old fridges, tires or yard waste if they don’t require immediate disposal.

Swap sheds and Norgrow compost purchases remain unavailable.

Laura Zapotichny, Manager of Waste Diversion Programs, said they are seeing “normal spring behaviour” as far as the volume of trash and they have not seen an increase in illegal dumping in the Robson Valley, thus far. Those visiting local transfer stations may see lineups, especially on weekends, she warns.

The Valemount Return-it Depot remains closed until further notice.