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Solid Waste Management Projects in the North Okanagan

Posted Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) has completed three major solid waste management capital projects in the Vernon area, including the capping of the Pottery Road Landfill, the installation of a landfill gas management system at the Greater Vernon Recycling and Disposal Facility (GVRDF), and the creation of a year-round Eco Depot. All three projects shared in $3.7 million provided through the Federal Gas Tax Fund.

Closure of the Pottery Road Landfill was completed through the grading and capping of the site, improvements to the groundwater diversion system, and the installation of a landfill gas venting system. The total cost of the project was $2.0 million with just over $1.8 million received from the Federal Gas Tax Fund and $115,100 funded from local revenues.

In 2015, the RDNO completed the installation of a landfill gas management system at the GVRDF in order to comply with Provincial regulations. The system works by destroying collected methane with a candlestick flare at about 70 cubic feet per minute. As the GVRDF fills, the system will be expanded to collect and burn more methane and, in the future, could grow to the point where the collected gas could be utilized as a source of power. The total cost of the project was $1.88 million and was fully supported by the Federal Gas Tax Fund.

In December 2015, the RDNO opened an Eco Depot to receive household hazardous waste (HHW) free of charge year round. The Eco Depot replaced the annual RDNO Household Hazardous Waste Round-Up and was established in partnership with Interior Recycling at their long established bottle depot on 24th Avenue. This depot provides residents with a convenient, year round, one-stop-drop location for HHW as well as many other recyclable items such as packaging and printed paper, electronics, paint, and batteries. To date more than 8,000 litres and 360 kg of HHW have been collected and disposed. The total cost of the project was $29,800 with all costs covered by the Federal Gas Tax Fund.

The Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) administers the Gas Tax Fund in BC, in collaboration with Canada and British Columbia.

“Through the federal Gas Tax Fund, the Government of Canada is allowing communities in BC, and all across Canada, to make informed decisions about their infrastructure investments and how best to spend federal dollars. The projects we are celebrating today will have a positive impact on the environment and the health of this community for years to come. It is thanks to initiatives and projects like the ones we’re celebrating today that Canadian communities will remain among the best places in the world to live, work and raise a family.”
- The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“These projects represent an important step in the North Okanagan’s commitment to solid waste management for the communities it serves, and government’s action at all levels in facilitating a cleaner, greener environment for residents to live in and raise their family.”
- Eric Foster, MLA Vernon-Monashee

“We are grateful to the Government of Canada for the funding to be able to complete these three important projects. These initiatives have helped us to reduce the environmental impact of waste disposal in the North Okanagan.”
- Rick Fairbairn, Chair of the Board of Directors, Regional District of North Okanagan.

“Together, these projects will reduce the environmental impact of solid waste management within the Greater Vernon region and improve the recycling services available to local residents. I appreciate the continuing investment by the Government of Canada in local infrastructure through the Federal Gas Tax Fund.”
- Al Richmond, President, Union of B.C. Municipalities


Links

For more information about Government of Canada investments in British Columbia, visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/map-carte/bc-eng.html

To learn more about the federal Gas Tax Fund, visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/gtf-fteeng.html