Regional solid waste talk at PRRD

Hazardous waste, hot garbage, and more is being talked about at the PRRD this morning.

Veronica Bartlett, solid waste manager and planner with Morrison Hershfield, spoke at the PRRD this morning about the region’s solid waste management plan.

The region includes seven member municipalities and four rural unincorporated areas – and that can produce a lot of hot garbage.

Bartlett was on hand to talk the planning process, the setting of plans and direction, development and implemennation of the consultation plan next year.

“Our 2020 focus will be to evaluation options and prepare the adoption of plan,” she says.

“How is the system performing? In 2006 a baseline of 1002 kg of material per person was being dumped (in PRRD landfills). Now it is 829 kg per capita. This is a great reduction in diversion.”

Bartlett adds PRRD mascot PRRDY helps out by talking trash and educating the public.

 “We need to cover the whole area, which has a population of 60,000 and area of 120,000 square kilometres.”

Three landfills service the PRRD, the North Peace, Bessborough and Chetwynd landfills.

Chetwynd is slated to be full within a decade, while the other two have 30 years of use and space remaining.  Bartlett talked regional recycling contracts, and EPR programs, or extended producer responsibility programs.

“This is driven by BC recycling regulations and rguiree the producers to set up collection and management system for products,” she says.

Four member municoaloes provide curbside recycling, FSJ, DC, Pouce Coupe and Chetwynd.

“Residents in areas without he services must self-haul recyclables.”

Bartlett says the future still needed planning.

Need to ensure the facilities are available to take hazardous waste and there is some consensus that this is a challenge. That is something that came out of recent discussions. As well, the cost of recycling and the lack of viable markets for the recyclable materials.”

Bartless adds illegal dumping  and attempts to increase diversion rates are emerging issues.

"There are many interesting conversations still to be had."

Director Tony Zabinsky wanted to know what users were looking for in a recycling experience. Director Dan Rose had some thoughts.

“Hours of operation and hours of access that are rural tier 1 and 2  facilities,” he said.

“Without seeing the actual surveys, it is hard to assume about feedback. Mainly it is convenience, and not being open when people want to use them,” Rose notes.

Bartlett noted that the Chetwynd landfill is nearing capacy,  and with a large area, it is tough to monitor the entire area.

“There is a vast solid waste network, resulting in illegal dumping, and public abuse at unattended facilities.”

Bartlett noted any plans moving forward will be smart, measurable, target driven and more.

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