Project 84 to close its doors soon

Project 84, a Rimbey Lions Club initiated recycling project, will finally close its doors next month

Project 84, a Rimbey Lions Club initiated recycling project, will finally close its doors next month after serving as a recycling centre for many years for the community.

Rimbey assistant CAO Melissa Beebe said power and gas will be cut off in the building as of Oct. 26.

She encourages residents to use the curbside recycling pick up as an alternative to taking their recyclables to Project 84.

Beebe said the town is grateful to the Lions Club for initiating Project 84, noting the program served the town well in the past.

However, she said progress and change regarding recycling has been made in the community and curbside pickup and the recycling centre appear to be well used.

Town Coun. Gayle Rondeel agreed.

“When the Lions started Project 84 it was the envy of all the other surrounding communities,” she said.

However, she noted residents are taking advantage of the recycle depot and the curbside pickup.

“We are definitely sending less garbage to the Bluffton landfill.”

Lion Ray Durand, who is in charge of Project 84 in the former Rimbey Community Centre and used primarily as a place to sort paper and glass, said it may close before the services are cut off.

“When my bins are full we will cut off all deliveries.”

Controversy over Project 84 began earlier this year when the building was deemed unsafe.

In February, Rimbey CAO Tony Goode sent a letter to the Lions Club and helping Hands, which was housed in the basement, asking them to vacate the premises.

Goode said it was costs the town $18,000 to subsidize the building and an inspector’s report stated the building was in a dilapidated condition with numerous cracks in the foundation.