Regional Solid Waste Management Plan Requires Board Endorsement

At the next regional solid waste management board meeting, the Comox Strathcona waste management (CSWM) service will consider forwarding the updated solid waste management plan to the Ministry of Environment (MoE) for provincial endorsement.   

Over the last two years, the solid waste advisory committee, CSWM staff and consultants have gathered information from residents in order to develop a comprehensive long-term plan.  The proposed plan includes a large commitment to diversion through the inclusion of composting of organics, consideration of the waste-to-energy (WTE) disposal option, and public education.

In addition, the plan outlines the strategy of what to do with the residual waste (the material we cannot get rid of) by first expanding and upgrading the Comox Valley waste management centre. The Campbell River waste management centre will undergo additional assessment of technical feasibility.  The waste-to-energy technologies option - strongly supported by the public in the plan - will continue to be assessed as an alternative to landfilling residual waste.

 “The plan provides the direction on how we will manage all aspects of our waste –compostable, recyclable and disposable,” said Edwin Grieve, chair of the CSWM board. “A tremendous amount of work, research and consideration was done to reach this point. The public information around the solid waste management plan, which is mandated by the Ministry of Environment for all regional districts, was extensive  -- 14 public open houses and presentations over many months, hundreds of feedback forms, telephone survey – in addition to our open board meetings, web information, and media coverage. Our consultation reached all parts of the vast geography covered by the solid waste service – from Zeballos to Hornby Island.”

Under direction from the MOE, the plan acknowledges the need to update landfill closure plans and the design of partial closure construction in 2012 for landfills near Campbell River, Comox Valley, Gold River, Tahsis and Zeballos.  For all of these landfills, planned environmental improvements include management of leachate, stormwater, improved landfill operations and gas collection and management systems where required.  

If the board authorizes submitting the plan to the MoE at the September 13, 2012 meeting, then the ministry may provide its approval for implementation of the plan before the end of 2012.  To view the proposed solid waste management plan, visit www.cswm.ca/plan or contact the CSWM service at 250-334-6016 or toll-free at 1-800-331-6007 to request a hard copy of the plan.

The Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) service is a function of the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and is responsible for two regional waste management centres that serve the Comox Valley and Campbell River, as well as a range of transfer stations and smaller waste-handling and recycling facilities for the electoral areas of the CVRD and the Strathcona Regional District. The CSWM service manages over 100,000 tonnes of waste and recycled material and oversees a number of diversion and education programs.

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Media contact:
Tom Boatman
Manager of solid waste
Comox Valley Regional District
Tel: 250-334-6025
Cell: 250-897-6450