Today is the day several residents have been awaiting. 

The Cochrane Eco Centre, 50 Griffin Industrial Point, reopens today, Tuesday, June 2, with modifications in place to protect staff and the community.

Those modifications will slow the intake of recyclables and compostables, and users are asked to be patient.

Only half the drop-off windows will be open to maintain a safe physical distance of two metres.

Only three vehicles will be allowed in the yard at a time, and only one person in the vehicle is allowed to handle material and must wear gloves. Staff will not be available to assist.

There will be traffic control at the gate.

Residents are asked to sort their waste at home to minimize the time at each window. 

While most programs at the centre will be available, there are a few exceptions.

Determined to be high-touchpoints, the following programs won't be available for the time being: book room (including batteries, light bulbs, etc.), disposal of large appliances (fridges, washers, dryers, microwaves, etc.), bike exchange, and the acceptance of styrofoam and plastic film.

The eco-centre will be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It is only available for use by residents of Cochrane and Rocky View County.

May 30 was the last day yard waste was accepted at the lagoon, near the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre. It had been established as a temporary location by the town until the eco centre could be reopened.