Success means less garbage

RDN on the verge of diverting 70 per cent of trash away from landfill

The Regional District of Nanaimo has a solid waste recycling plan that’s the envy of the province, says chair Joe Stanhope, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be improved.

“We are at half the national average with solid waste,” Stanhope said. “We have one of the best conversion rates in North America. However, if there are improvements to be made, we should do it.”

It didn’t take long for some suggestions to come forward to do just that.

RDN chief administrative officer Carol Mason noted recently that the RDN is on track to meet its goal of a 70 per cent diversion rate from its landfill by the end of this year.

She said the focus for 2012 will be to deal with multi-family dwellings and making sure that private recycling collectors have access to RDN facilities.

This last remark sparked comment from Qualicum Beach director Dave Willie, who queried whether private recyclers actually do what they’re supposed to do with recyclables, or dump it in the trash.

“Do we not take an interest in what they do with it?” he asked. “I’m concerned about information given to me that recycling is picked up at curbside and then mixed together because they can’t sell it and they get rid of it as garbage.”

“I’m not sure if it’s true, but if it is, that’s a big concern.”

In response, Dennis Trudeau, the general manager of transportation and solid waste services said he was unaware of any such activity an noted that trucks coming into the landfill are checked by staff.

“Most communities and local governments hear that from time to time, that people spend all this time separating their garbage and it goes into a landfill, but we do not have that concern at this time,” he said.

Trudeau noted there has been a problem with recycling glass, but he said the district is working with industry to find a way to deal with the material.

As well, Willie expressed concern about the size of the trucks used to collect household food waste.

“I look at those huge trucks and how they pick up food waste and then I look at the tiny pile they dump at Church Road and I don’t know why they need a truck that big,” he said.

Again, Trudeau noted that the contractor who provides that service is a private company and while he agreed the loads at times look fairly small, he said he’s confident they plan for the volume they get.

Overall, he said, he is completely satisfied with the service provided.

 

“We are getting exactly what we thought we were going to get, and a little bit more,” he said.

 

 

Just Posted

Qualicum Beach versus Parksville – who wins?

Councils could take part in first-ever lawn bowling challenge

Ballenas grad to perform opera and art songs in Parksville to fund Prague trip

UBC music student Juliana Cook was asked to study and sing in the Czech Republic

Ravensong Waterdancers to get you in sync

Teams will perform 12 routines at watershow on April 28

Soccer Whalers trip 49ers 1-0 in high school clash

Ballenas now prepares for North Island championships

‘No answers:’ Canadians react to Sri Lanka bombings that killed hundreds

The co-ordinated bomb attacks killed at least 207 people and injured 450 more on Easter Sunday

RCMP confirm witnesses say body found at Kelowna’s Gyro Beach

Police tape is blocking part of the beach and several RCMP officers are on scene.

B.C. fire department rescues kittens

Enderby homeowner not aware kittens in wood pile near garbage pile fire that got out of hand

Party with extreme views on immigration running on Vancouver Island

Opposing candidate says National Citizens Alliance’s participation ‘highly problematic’

QUIZ: How much do you know about Easter?

Take this short quiz and put your knowledge to the test

B.C. VIEWS: NDP’s lawyer show is turning into a horror movie

Court actions pile up over pipelines, car insurance, care aides

Global Affairs warns Canadians in Sri Lanka there could be more attacks

A series of bomb blasts killed at least 207 people and injured hundreds more

Waste not: Kootenay brewery leftovers feed the local food chain

Spent grains from the Trail Beer Refinery are donated to local farmers and growers, none go to waste

Most Read