Trash talk begins Tuesday

The Cariboo Regional Trash Talk open houses begin next week.

  • Sep. 9, 2011 4:00 p.m.

The Cariboo Regional Trash Talk open houses begin next week.

The first will be held in Williams Lake on Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the CRD board room.

Twelve other meetings will be held in different areas of the region.

The open houses are to allow residents to learn more and have their say about proposed options for future recycling and composting programs, as well as improvements to transfer stations and landfills.

The open houses are part of the CRD’s process to update the region’s solid waste management plan, as required by the Ministry of Environment.

Key options to be presented at the open houses for feedback include:

• increase convenient access to recycling, including controlling sites to reduce contamination and clean-up costs;

• develop “one-stop” Eco-depots for convenient recycling of products such as electronics, paint, waste oil, batteries and household hazardous wastes;

• gauge public interest for yard or food scraps collection and composting;

• improve education and enforcement programs;

•  get input on “user-pay” programs and tipping fees;

• manage wood waste;

• investigate waste-to-energy options.

The proposed options were developed with the input and guidance of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee made up of residents, community groups, businesses, local government, First Nations and Ministry of Environment representatives.

Close to 900 residents responded to a survey last spring, providing the CRD information about preferences for various programs.

The next step is to present the proposed options for feedback at the 13 open houses.

For more information, visit www.cariboord.bc.ca or call 250-392-3351.