Solid Waste Management Plan Review

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Consultation has concluded and the SWMP Plan has been submitted to the Ministry for approval.

The RDEK is currently reviewing its Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP). The goal of this review is to provide an assessment of the current system including how we reduce, reuse and recycle in the RDEK; identify the strengths of the existing system; review cost implications; and, identify opportunities for future improvement.

The comment period for the public to provide feedback on the draft plan closed on November 7th. The comments are being compiled and will be considered as the plan is finalized. It will be presented to the RDEK Board in December.

KEY LINKS:

For additional reports, survey summaries, presentation materials and more, see the document library section of this website.

For information on the Solid Waste Management Plan Review, please contact Kevin Paterson, Environmental Services Manager at 250-489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335 or by email kpaterson@rdek.bc.ca.

The RDEK is currently reviewing its Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP). The goal of this review is to provide an assessment of the current system including how we reduce, reuse and recycle in the RDEK; identify the strengths of the existing system; review cost implications; and, identify opportunities for future improvement.

The comment period for the public to provide feedback on the draft plan closed on November 7th. The comments are being compiled and will be considered as the plan is finalized. It will be presented to the RDEK Board in December.

KEY LINKS:

For additional reports, survey summaries, presentation materials and more, see the document library section of this website.

For information on the Solid Waste Management Plan Review, please contact Kevin Paterson, Environmental Services Manager at 250-489-2791 or 1-888-478-7335 or by email kpaterson@rdek.bc.ca.

Consultation has concluded and the SWMP Plan has been submitted to the Ministry for approval.

  • Funding Announcement Moves Regional Composting One Step Closer to Reality

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    4 months ago

    The RDEK will now begin more detailed planning for a regional composting program after its application for 2/3 funding was approved by the Province through the Organics Infrastructure Program.

    “Over the past year and a half, we have been undertaking a review of our Solid Waste Management Plan. We are all committed to reducing the amount of waste we bury and organics currently represent 29% of the waste going into our landfills. Developing a regional program that gives people an option to keep organics out of the landfill presents a significant opportunity to move us forward in our waste management,”...

    The RDEK will now begin more detailed planning for a regional composting program after its application for 2/3 funding was approved by the Province through the Organics Infrastructure Program.

    “Over the past year and a half, we have been undertaking a review of our Solid Waste Management Plan. We are all committed to reducing the amount of waste we bury and organics currently represent 29% of the waste going into our landfills. Developing a regional program that gives people an option to keep organics out of the landfill presents a significant opportunity to move us forward in our waste management,” says RDEK Board Chair Rob Gay. “This would not be possible without the funding support we are receiving today and we want to acknowledge and thank the Provincial and Federal governments.”

    In cooperation with its Community Energy Manager, the RDEK has previously undertaken two pilot composting projects. During the SWMP review, the RDEK also received strong support from the public for composting options. In the recycling services surveys, over 81% of respondents supported centralized composting of yard waste and 78% supported centralized composting of food waste. “We received over 500 comments from people supporting composting in some capacity,” adds Gay. “We recognize there is a desire in the region and a benefit in terms of the impact on our landfills; however, we also understand the importance of keeping any new service as affordable as possible, which is why today’s funding announcement is so significant.”

    The regional composting project will establish the capital infrastructure to support a composting facility in each of the three subregions. The total project cost is estimated at just under $3,000,000 and has received 2/3 funding through the Organics Infrastructure Program grant. The RDEK will continue to seek additional funding to help offset its 1/3 portion of the project cost.

    “This is just the beginning. Now the real work will begin,” says Gay. RDEK staff will work with the Community Energy Manager, member municipalities and regional partners in 2020 to complete detailed planning and determine an operational model. Once detailed design has been completed, construction would follow, likely in 2021.

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  • Open Houses Scheduled as SWMP Review Consultation Continues

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    7 months ago

    The RDEK has scheduled three open houses as part of its ongoing public consultation on the Draft Solid Waste Management Plan.

    Because of the varied geography and combination of full time and seasonal residents, the consultation has been centered largely around the online platform at engage.rdek.bc.ca. This allows residents, regardless of geographic location, to have the ability to access the same information and provide the same feedback.

    “We do recognizing there is still a portion of the population that does not have access to computers, or that prefer face-to-face discussion, and we have scheduled an open house in each of...

    The RDEK has scheduled three open houses as part of its ongoing public consultation on the Draft Solid Waste Management Plan.

    Because of the varied geography and combination of full time and seasonal residents, the consultation has been centered largely around the online platform at engage.rdek.bc.ca. This allows residents, regardless of geographic location, to have the ability to access the same information and provide the same feedback.

    “We do recognizing there is still a portion of the population that does not have access to computers, or that prefer face-to-face discussion, and we have scheduled an open house in each of our three subregions to provide an additional engagement opportunity for residents,” says RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson.

    The Open Houses will be held from 2pm-4pm and 6pm-8pm (with brief overview presentations at 2:30pm and 6:30pm) as follows:

    • October 22 - Kanata Inn - 8888 Arrow Road, Invermere
    • October 23 - Park Place Lodge - 742 Hwy 3, Fernie
    • October 24 - Manual Training Centre - Cranbrook Public Library - 202 Kootenay St N

    “The Open Houses will all have the same information, so people need only attend one if they wish. And for those who are not able to attend, or who prefer to review the information online, it will continue to be available on the Solid Waste Management Plan project page on engage.rdek.bc.ca,” adds Paterson.

    The draft plan has been available for public review and comment since mid-July and the comment deadline is November 7, 2019.

    Following the conclusion of the consultation period, feedback will be gathered and shared with the Advisory Committee and Board for consideration in finalizing the plan before it is submitted to the Ministry for approval. For more information, visit engage.rdek.bc.ca or contact Paterson at the RDEK in Cranbrook.



  • Solid Waste Management Plan Review Process Public Consultation to Begin

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    7 months ago

    The RDEK Board of Directors has received the draft Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) and the next step in the process is public consultation on the draft.

    “The Board has had an opportunity to review the draft plan and we will now be making the plan available for the public,” explains Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “The public’s engagement and feedback has been so important to the Solid Waste Management Plan Review process since we started last fall. As we enter the last few steps in the process, that feedback continues to be important. We encourage residents to review the...

    The RDEK Board of Directors has received the draft Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) and the next step in the process is public consultation on the draft.

    “The Board has had an opportunity to review the draft plan and we will now be making the plan available for the public,” explains Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “The public’s engagement and feedback has been so important to the Solid Waste Management Plan Review process since we started last fall. As we enter the last few steps in the process, that feedback continues to be important. We encourage residents to review the draft plan and share their thoughts with us.”

    Because of the varied geography and combination of full time and seasonal residents, the consultation will be centered largely around the online platform at engage.rdek.bc.ca. This allows residents, regardless of geographic location, to have the ability to access the same information and provide the same feedback. The RDEK will also utilize social media, local media and other channels to provide education and information. In addition to the online engagement, the RDEK will be participating in numerous community events throughout the summer and will have copies of the draft plan, comment forms and other materials available.

    “Recognizing there is still a portion of the population that does not have access to computers, or that prefer face-to-face discussion, the consultation process will culminate with three subregional open houses for those that have not been able to participate online or in other formats,” adds Paterson.

    The public consultation period will kick off in mid-July and is expected to run into the fall. Following the conclusion of the consultation period, feedback will be gathered and shared with the Advisory Committee and Board for consideration in finalizing the plan before it is submitted to the Ministry for approval. For more information, visit engage.rdek.bc.ca or contact Paterson at the RDEK in Cranbrook.



  • Results Released for RDEK Waste & Recycling Costs Survey

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    11 months ago

    The survey results are in on the RDEK’s second public survey connected to its ongoing Solid Waste Management Plan Review and it was another overwhelming response with over 1200 surveys filled out.

    “While the intention of the first survey was to find out how people are using the current system and what ideas they may have that they’d like the RDEK to look into further, this follow-up survey was aimed at delving a little deeper into some of the areas identified in the first survey,” explains RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “For example, in the first survey over 88%...

    The survey results are in on the RDEK’s second public survey connected to its ongoing Solid Waste Management Plan Review and it was another overwhelming response with over 1200 surveys filled out.

    “While the intention of the first survey was to find out how people are using the current system and what ideas they may have that they’d like the RDEK to look into further, this follow-up survey was aimed at delving a little deeper into some of the areas identified in the first survey,” explains RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “For example, in the first survey over 88% of respondents supported investigating the expansion of recycling, reuse and reduction programs in the region. In this survey, we asked how much more per year they would be willing to pay for these increased opportunities.”

    Of the 1200+ responses, 62.6% were from rural residents and 37.4% were from municipal residents. Survey respondents indicated they were in favour of the RDEK setting waste reduction goals that move the region closer to reaching the Provincial waste generation goals.

    The RDEK has prepared a summary of the survey results, which is available on the Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) Review project page in the Document Library at engage.rdek.bc.ca. Some of the general findings include continued support for increased diversion opportunities, opposition to the introduction of new user fees due to concerns over illegal dumping, divided support for organics management, and support for new curbside collection options within municipalities where curbside is currently offered.

    “The results of the survey have been shared with the Advisory Committee, the RDEK Board and consultants who are helping us prepare the draft plan. They have provided us with valuable feedback that has helped inform the preparation of the draft plan,” adds Paterson.

    The draft plan is expected to be presented to the RDEK Board for review at the July Board meeting. Following review by the Board, there will be a public consultation period where the draft will be available for public review and comment. Feedback from the public, Advisory Committee, Board, First Nations and other stakeholders will then be considered for incorporation prior to the final plan being presented for adoption by the Board and consideration by the Ministry.






  • Overwhelming Response to Solid Waste / Recycling Services Survey

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    about 1 year ago

    Over 3200 people participated in the RDEK’s recent Solid Waste and Recycling Services Survey, providing valuable information and ideas as the RDEK works to review its Solid Waste Management Plan.

    “We are ecstatic with both the participation and the feedback,” says RDEK Environmental Services Supervisor Kevin Paterson. “We were hoping to get a good cross-section of feedback from around the region, and we certainly achieved that goal. We had 54.7% of respondents in municipal areas, 45.3% in rural areas and there were responses from every electoral area and municipality in the RDEK.”

    The RDEK has prepared a summary of the...

    Over 3200 people participated in the RDEK’s recent Solid Waste and Recycling Services Survey, providing valuable information and ideas as the RDEK works to review its Solid Waste Management Plan.

    “We are ecstatic with both the participation and the feedback,” says RDEK Environmental Services Supervisor Kevin Paterson. “We were hoping to get a good cross-section of feedback from around the region, and we certainly achieved that goal. We had 54.7% of respondents in municipal areas, 45.3% in rural areas and there were responses from every electoral area and municipality in the RDEK.”

    The RDEK has prepared a summary of the survey results, which is available on the Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) Review project page at engage.rdek.bc.ca. Some of the general findings include an overall satisfaction with the current solid waste and recycling systems. There was support for the RDEK to further investigate the costs and implications of expanding reduction, reuse and recycling services; and, options for composting of organics such as food waste.

    The survey was one of the first steps in the SWMP Review process as it provides the RDEK and the SWMP Review Advisory Committee with an idea of how people are currently using the system and what ideas they have that could be further investigated moving forward. “We’d like to thank everyone who participated and hope they will continue to be engaged in the process moving,” adds Paterson. “We are currently taking the information collected through the survey, detailed waste audit and from the Advisory Committee to identify a series of possible priorities and the costs / implications of those priorities. We will then be going back out to the public to get their thoughts with those potential costs attached.”

    The second survey is expected to be released in the next few weeks.

    For more information on the Solid Waste and Recycling Services Survey, a summary of what’s in our waste, and more visit engage.rdek.bc.ca.






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  • RDEK Looks to Hear From Public as Part of Plan Review

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    over 1 year ago

    The review of the region’s Solid Waste Management Plan is now underway and the RDEK is hoping to residents and property owners will get involved and engaged in the process

    “Dealing with our garbage and recycling is one of the RDEK’s largest budget items and these services affect every resident and property owner in the East Kootenay,” explains RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “The Solid Waste Management Plan provides the foundation for the way we deal with our waste and recyclables and this current update will guide our direction for the next several years. So, it’s really important that...

    The review of the region’s Solid Waste Management Plan is now underway and the RDEK is hoping to residents and property owners will get involved and engaged in the process

    “Dealing with our garbage and recycling is one of the RDEK’s largest budget items and these services affect every resident and property owner in the East Kootenay,” explains RDEK Environmental Services Manager Kevin Paterson. “The Solid Waste Management Plan provides the foundation for the way we deal with our waste and recyclables and this current update will guide our direction for the next several years. So, it’s really important that people get informed about the current system and share their ideas for the future.”

    The RDEK has a survey open now so residents and property owners can provide input into how they use the system currently and what their priorities may be when looking to the future. Links to the survey are available on the RDEK’s website and a special project page at engage.rdek.bc.ca. Hard copies are also available at the RDEK’s offices and can be mailed. The survey deadline is February 25, 2019. “We are hoping for a strong response to the survey as this will help guide the Advisory Committee, consultants and the Board moving forward,” says Paterson.

    Every resident and property owner in the East Kootenay – both in municipalities and the rural areas is being encouraged to participate. “The more well rounded our feedback is, the more well rounded our plan will be,” adds Paterson.

    The RDEK Board has appointed an Advisory Committee made up of public, municipal representatives, industry members, community groups and First Nations. The Committee will meet monthly over the next few months and have focused discussion on different aspects of the solid waste system. The focus for the January meeting will be on the current Transfer Stations and Operations.

    For more information on the Solid Waste Management Plan review or to request a copy of the survey, contact the RDEK.

  • RDEK Launches Solid Waste Management Plan Review

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    over 1 year ago

    The review of the RDEK's Solid Waste Management Plan is underway.

    The RDEK Board has appointed an Advisory Committee made up of of various stakeholders including the public, municipal representatives, industry members, community groups and First Nations. They will meet monthly throughout the review process and will provide recommendations and input to the Board.

    The RDEK is also seeking the public's feedback and is hoping residents and property owners from all corners of the region will get involved and informed about the project. One of the first ways they can contribute is to fill out the Waste Services Survey (click...

    The review of the RDEK's Solid Waste Management Plan is underway.

    The RDEK Board has appointed an Advisory Committee made up of of various stakeholders including the public, municipal representatives, industry members, community groups and First Nations. They will meet monthly throughout the review process and will provide recommendations and input to the Board.

    The RDEK is also seeking the public's feedback and is hoping residents and property owners from all corners of the region will get involved and informed about the project. One of the first ways they can contribute is to fill out the Waste Services Survey (click the link to take the survey).

    Survey deadline is February 25, 2019.

    A SWMP project page has been set up at engage.rdek.bc.ca and will be the hub of information for the project. It will have all documents and reports, videos, idea boards, surveys, news and more.

    The SWMP review process is expected to take almost the full year to complete. There will be monthly meetings over the next few months before the draft is presented to the Board and public for review and comment. Following that consultation process, the draft will be edited as required and submitted for the formal adoption process by the Board and Ministry.