600 Comox Road
Courtenay, BC V9N 3P6
Toll free: 1- 800-331-6007
Water emergencies (including Sandwick residents starting January 1) - 1-877-999-2285
February 20, 2013
The Comox Strathcona waste management (CSWM) service and the Village of Cumberland (VoC) have developed a mutually beneficial agreement that would allow for an expanded engineered landfill at the Comox Valley waste management centre (CVWMC), as represented in the recent update to the solid waste management plan.
The agreement -- otherwise known as a “host community benefit agreement” -- is a model that is used across Canada and in other BC communities to balance the impacts that a local community may experience in hosting a waste management facility against the advantages received by the region.
The host community benefit agreement contains two key provisions. The CSWM will agree to:
“By working respectfully with the mayor and staff of the Village of Cumberland, we have built a strong relationship of trust and understanding and I believe we have fostered a new level of shared responsibility that will benefit both parties as we move forward on future major capital projects,” said CSWM board chair, Edwin Grieve.
“We have come a long way in our discussions and feel our concerns have been heard,” said Leslie Baird, mayor of the Village of Cumberland. “This agreement is a positive solution for the residents of the Comox Valley and Strathcona Regional Districts and for the Village of Cumberland.”
The CSWM board will meet again on Thursday, March 14, 2013 to discuss the logistics for the AAP, consider the loan authorization bylaw and set a deadline for submitting elector response forms. Details on the agreement and answers to some frequently asked questions can be found on the CSWM website at www.cswm.ca/hostcommunity. For more information on the Village of Cumberland, visit www.cumberland.ca.
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.
Edwin Grieve, Chair
Leslie Baird, Mayor of Cumberland
Tel: 250-336-2718 or cell: 250-897-5020