Clyde’s Enviro-Depot closes in Liverpool, but service continues

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Clyde’s Trucking and Recycling on Liverpool’s Meadow Pond Lane has been an institution in the Queens town for years. Earlier this month, owner Louise Conrad sold the contract she had with Divert NS and closed the doors to the business.

“It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that the bottle depot is now closed permanently,” Conrad’s brother, David Whynot, lamented on his Facebook page October 10. “Louise has been searching for a new location for just under a year and was unable to find a suitable place. We would like to thank everyone for their support over the years. We are going to miss this and the people. Thank you all.”

Attempts to reach Conrad were unsuccessful. However, Heather Kelly, a councillor with the Region of Queens Municipality (RQM), said she had been talking to Conrad recently about the closure.

“Louise said for the last year that Divert NS told them that their operation needs to be indoors,” she recalled. “She has been looking for a suitable location ever since, that she could afford.”

Kelly said there had been several rumours that the region was attempting to rezone the business and advised that the property needed to be cleaned up.

“There was no communication from the region whatsoever about any of this,” the councillor insisted.

Carolyn Pierce, the communications manager with Divert NS, commented in an e-mail that there was no issue with the location of the existing depot, “however, all Enviro-Depot owners/operators are required to maintain their premises, including yard and storage space, for all weather conditions. We recommend that all depots store their product (beverage containers) inside, as it needs to be kept clean and dry for the market, and stored safely from possible theft.”

Taking over recycling in the town will be Shelley Zinck, who has been the owner of the New Germany and Caledonia Area Enviro Center for the past three years.

She began offering mobile recycling services in Liverpool October 20 under the name Queens Enviro Depot, and will be in town each Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For now, she will just be taking recyclable cans and bottles.

Zinck bought the old Chrysler building located at 3965 Sandy Cove Road in Brooklyn, where she will offer a standard can and bottle recycling operation, as well as take in paints, plastics, electronics and possibly car batteries for recycling.

The mobile service will continue as Zinck awaits RQM’s re-zoning decision on the Chrysler building.

Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin