The Cariboo Regional District. (Angie Mindus photo)

The Cariboo Regional District. (Angie Mindus photo)

CRD to seek public input on solid waste management plan update

The Cariboo Regional District will see public input this spring for its solid waste management plan.

The Cariboo Regional District will reach out to the public this spring as it updates its solid waste management plan and seeks ways to reduce the amount of waste going into the region’s landfills.

Tera Grady, supervisor of the CRD’s solid waste management, told the board earlier this month that while recycling rates have been on an upward trend across the region since 2015, “there’s still a lot of material going into the landfill that could be diverted through this stream.”

The CRD aims to reduce the amount of waste in the region’s landfills to 500 kg per person, down from 631 kg in 2019. The regional district has 32 refuse sites – 14 of which are CRD-operated landfills. The City of Quesnel also manages a regional landfill for the North Cariboo.

As part of an update to its solid waste management plan, a public/technical advisory committee is being comprised to look at what other places in B.C. are doing in terms of waste diversion and seek input from residents to gauge their satisfaction with current services or determine what they would like to see in the future. This feedback, expected to be sought in late April or early May, could include everything from more curbside pickup or green waste composting, which involves fruit and vegetable waste or yard trimmings.

READ MORE: CRD seeks meeting with MoTI ahead of spring freshet

Once the committee narrows down all potential suggestions from the public, the committee will determine the cost implications and feasibility of any proposals before coming up with an updated plan. All solid waste management plans must be updated every 10 years and approved by the province.

“The ultimate goal of the solid waste plan is to reduce the waste being disposed of in the landfills,” Grady said. “That can be achieved in a number of different ways.”

Grady noted one of the biggest challenges with increasing residential recycling in the CRD is that there is currently no incentive for people to start recycling in the region as residential waste disposal costs remain the same whether they recycle or do not recycle. This is because, unlike other areas where residents are charged a “user-pay” system for the waste they produce, CRD residents pay for solid waste services based on the assessed value of their property, not based on the amount of waste they produce. She added a user-pay system is unlikely to be welcomed by many CRD residents.

The updated plan is scheduled to start in 2023 and will include an implementation schedule.

Residents can still apply to join the Solid Waste Management Plan Advisory Committee via the CRD’s website: https://www.cariboord.ca/en/home-and-property/solid-waste-public-advisory-commitee.aspx. They can also subscribe to the page to be informed of public surveys or updates to the planning process.


@ksinoski
kelly.sinoski@100milefreepress.net

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

100 Mile HouseCRD

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(Black Press files)
Chief Civilian Director Ronald J. McDonald, QC reviewed the evidence and determined reasonable grounds exist to believe in officer may have committed offenses. (Black Press files)
Crown considering charges against Williams Lake Mountie after high-speed pursuit: police watchdog

IIO says the man, who was arrested, sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries from the incident

An RCMP cruiser flashes its light as it speeds up Highway 97. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Officers suffer minor injuries after a fight with a prohibited driver

The 44-year-old man resisted arrest and shoved an officer to the ground

B.C's COVID-19 dashboard shows the peaks and valleys of cases prior to the record daily report of 132 on April 9, 2021. (Dashboard image)
Interior Health has record day of COVID-19 cases

132 cases reported Friday, April 9, more deaths in Vernon hospital outbreak

Ken Jensen is launching a campaign to keep access to his audio library books. (Photo submitted).
White Cane Club president lobbies to preserve audio book access

Ken Jensen is urging others to send letters to federal government to preserve funding for CELA.

Sarah Smith is a bereavement worker with 100 Mile Hospice. (Kelly Sinoski - 100 Mile Free Press).
‘Grief never goes away’: Hospice seeks to add programs

Growing demand for bereavement services in the South Cariboo region.

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan describe vaccine rollout at the legislature, March 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
1,262 more COVID-19 infections in B.C. Friday, 9,574 active cases

Province’s mass vaccination reaches one million people

Tyson Ginter, 7, is proud of his latest Hot Wheels he recently received by Quesnel RCMP Const. Matt Joyce. (Photo submitted)
B.C. Mountie handing out toy cars to light up children’s faces

‘A lot of times it will be the only interaction they have with the police,’ says Const. Matt Joyce

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam speaks during a technical briefing on the COVID pandemic in Canada, Friday, January 15, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Canada’s ICUs see near-record of COVID-19 patients last week as variant cases double

Last week, Canadian hospitals treated an average of 2,500 patients with COVID-19, daily, up 7% from the previous week

University of Victoria rowing coach Barney Williams at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
UVic, women’s rowing coach deny former athlete’s allegation of verbal abuse

Lily Copeland alleges coach Barney Williams would stand close to her and speak aggressively in the sauna

Librarian Katie Burns with the Fraser Valley Regional Libraries poses for a photo in Chilliwack on June 18, 2019. Monday, April 12, 2021 is Library Workers’ Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of April 11 to 17

Library Workers Day, That Sucks! Day, and Wear Your Pyjamas to Work Day are all coming up this week

A large illuminated heart was installed on the roof of the Vernon Jubilee Hospital May 1, 2020. (VJH Foundation photo)
Three deaths linked to COVID-19 outbreak in Vernon hospital

Interior Health reports two additional deaths at VJH

Robinson Russ, 37, was fatally stabbed on April 4, according to a statement from police. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver police name victim following city’s fourth homicide of 2021

Robinson Russ, 37, was fatally stabbed Sunday in the Downtown Eastside

A man wears a face mask past the emergency department of the Vancouver General Hospital. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Calls for stricter action in B.C. as COVID-19 variants projected to climb

Jens von Bergmann says the province has taken a ‘wait and see’ approach when early action is needed

Most Read