Richmond expands recycling, includes tires, more large items

Richmond News

The City of Richmond will now pick up your old tires – and more of your furniture.

The city’s recycling depot is expanding its pickup services, it’s accepting a wider variety of items and it has increased its hours of operation at the recycling depot on Lynas Lane. …

The city is two per cent away from its goal of diverting 80 per cent of household waste from the landfill by 2020, said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“Instead of going to different recycling locations, residents can simply drop off multiple items at our Recycling Depot or have them collected with the Large Item Pick Up program,” said Brodie. …

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Richmond’s bid for $10M prize the focus of local ‘ideas fair’

Richmond News

Next week, the City of Richmond and Kwantlen Polytechnic University will co-host an “ideas fair” to showcase collaboration between businesses, governments and academia on connected technology.

This connected technology is at the heart of Richmond’s Smart Cities vision, where the city is vying for one of two $10 million prizes in a national competition to use data and technology to improve residents’ lives. Richmond is one of 10 finalists in its category. …

“Richmond has long been home to some of the world’s leading technology companies and many of our local government agencies and academic institutions are leading the way in embracing Smart Cities thinking,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie in a press release.

“The Smart Cities Ideas Fair is a great opportunity for the public to learn more about the exciting advances being made right here in Richmond and our province.” …

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Metro task force to target Lower Mainland industrial crunch

Business in Vancouver

A new Metro Vancouver industrial lands strategy task force was appointed in December, setting the stage for members to begin work in earnest under chairman George Harvie of Delta this month.

Struck in spring 2018 by former Metro Vancouver chair Greg Moore, the task force’s voting members are representatives of the region’s municipal councils. Civic elections in October required its dissolution and reappointment with representatives from the new councils. The reconstituted task force has nine voting members, up from the former seven.

Harvie and vice-chairman Brad West of Port Coquitlam may be newcomers, alongside members Linda Buchanan and Jordan Back of North Vancouver city and district (respectively), Sarah Kirby-Yung of Vancouver and Brenda Locke of Surrey. Continuity comes from mayors Malcolm Brodie of Richmond and Richard Stewart of Coquitlam, as well as Bryce Williams of Tsawwassen First Nation. …

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Richmond council responds to salary increase

Richmond News

Mayor and council salaries are going up significantly this year to compensate for the loss of a federal tax exemption. A motion was passed, however, at the last council meeting of 2018 that allowed members of council to waive the increases, which are estimated at $9,000 to $12,000 for councillors and $35,000 to $39,000 for the mayor.

At the time, Mayor Malcolm Brodie called the increase an “adjustment,” not a “raise.”

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Richmond Tennis Club honours mayor

Richmond News

A number of city dignitaries took time out of their busy schedules to help the Richmond Tennis Club celebrate the holiday season with its annual Christmas Party.

Special guests included MPs Alice Wong and Joe Peschisolido, Mayor Malcolm Brodie and councillors Alexa Loo and Chak Au. …

The highlight of the evening was a presentation made by RTC president Kim Jensen to Mayor Brodie — a former RTC member — for his continued support of tennis in Richmond. …

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