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What Do You Think You May Be PAYING For Garbage Disposal at Sugar Loaf?

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For your information your North Westside Road transfer station may be called 2 other names.. don't ask us why!

Sugar Loaf transfer station is one other name.

N.O.W.E.S.I. is another name that is used in the budget, and on your transfer station card proving you have permitted use of the transfer station.

N.O.W.E.S.I. is located across Westside Road from Evely Forest campsite which is about 1 km south of Westshore Estates subdivision.  Westshore Estates is north of Fintry Provincial Park and Killiney Beach.

If you live between La Casa Resort and Westshore Estates you would use the N.O.W.E.S.I. transfer station.

Traders Cove transfer station is located across from Bear Creek Forest Service Road near Traders Cove on the south end of Westside Road nearer to Kelowna.

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Nothing is waste until it is wasted!

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.pdf icon October 26, 2015 Highlights of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting

Proposed Solid Waste Bylaw Amendment
The Regional Board has given first reading to an amendment to the Solid Waste Management Regulation Bylaw. If approved, it would add a four per cent late payment penalty.

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.pdf icon October 26, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 6.6 RDCO Solid Waste Management Regulation Amendment Bylaw

*Note* Below is only a snippet, please click links above for entire content. 

Purpose: To amend Regional District of Central Okanagan Solid Waste Management Regulation Bylaw No. 1253, 2010 to add a late payment penalty.

Executive Summary:
The addition of a late penalty payment to RDCO Solid Waste Management Regulation Bylaw No. 1253 is necessary to align the RDCO's solid waste management bylaw with the other RDCO utility bylaws including the water systems bylaws and Central Okanagan East sewer bylaw. In order to enforce the late penalty payment it is required within all utility bylaws as all utility fees are included on the same bill.

The purpose of the late payment penalty is to discourage customers from allowing their utility bills from getting into arrears. In 2014 the RDCO had 515 accounts sent to taxes for collection and approximately 750-800 late utility reminders notices were sent out. The proposed late penalty payment charge is in line with other local service providers and is supported by Provincial regulations.

RECOMMENDATION:
THAT the Regional District of Central Okanagan Solid Waste Management Regulation Amendment Bylaw No. 2015 be given first, second, and third readings and adopted.

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.pdf icon October 26, 2015 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Minutes of the Board meetings are not usually posted to RDCO's website until after the following meeting which would be November 12th, 2015.  If the minutes are not posted here yet, you can check RDCO's website to see if they are posted there yet.  If you want a copy of the minutes before then, contact RDCO who will have a copy of the minutes at their office within 7 days after you request a copy of the minutes.  This is in accordance to Local Government Act Procedure Bylaws and Enforcement section 794 (5) and Community Charter Other records to which public access must be provided section 97 (2).

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May 23, 2014

Exciting changes have come to the Central Okanagan’s Recycling program and now you can recycle more than ever.

Here are the changes to recycling in the Central Okanagan.


1. More accepted in your curbside recycling cart and at depots including:

  · Disposable Paper Cups

  · Cartons (milk, soy milk, soup broth)

  · Aerosol Cans (hair spray, food spray)

  · Paper Cans (coffee, frozen juice)

  · Frozen Food Packaging (i.e. ice cream cartons)

  · Microwave Containers (single serve soups)


2. Recycle Styrofoam You can now take Styrofoam such as clean meat trays, egg cartons and electronic packaging to a local recycling depot. Styrofoam will not be accepted in the curbside recycling carts.

3. Plastic Film (such as plastic bags) will no longer be accepted in the curbside recycling carts and can be recycled at a depot (NO zipper lock bags, bubble wrap, cling wrap or garbage bags)

4. Depot and Transfer Station users will be required to separate their recyclables into the following categories:


Paper & Cardboard (all paper products including newspaper, flyers, magazines, catalogues, boxboard, cardboard and shredded paper in a clear plastic bag only)

Containers – tin, aluminum, plastic containers, paper cups, milk cartons, aerosol cans, paper cans etc.

Plastic Bags & Overwrap – (NO zipper lock bags, garbage bags, cling or bubble wrap)

White Styrofoam – Must be clean, no shrink wrap or absorbent pads found under meat

Coloured Styrofoam – Must be clean, no shrink wrap or absorbent pads found under meat

Glass – (NO ceramics, mirror or glasses)


All of these changes are a result of the Provincial Packaging and Printed Paper stewardship program being launched across BC. For more details, depot locations and recycling guides visit www.regionaldistrict.com/recyclemore or call the Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250

Here is a .pdf brochure about recycling that was sent by email.

Kind Regards,
Cynthia Coates, BSc-ES
Waste Reduction Facilitator
Regional District of Central Okanagan, 1450 K.L.O Road, Kelowna BC, V1W 3Z4
Phone: 250-469-6346 Fax: 250-762-7011
Visit our website regionaldistrict.com/recycle

Source:  This info came by email so there is no link.

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Recycling program expands
Castanet.net - by Bill Everitt | Story: 114887 - May 9, 2014

Starting May 19th, Central Okanagan residents will be able to place NEW items in their curbside recycling cart or drop them off at any of the convenient recycling depots. These changes are part of a new province-wide stewardship program for Packaging and Printed Paper (PPP) and mark the first major expansion in the Central Okanagan recycling program since it was launched many years ago.

Okanagan residents can recycle more items starting May 19
New Items Acceptable as of May 19th 2014 include:

Hot and cold paper drink cups (e.g. coffee cups)
Milk and milk substitute cartons (e.g. milk, soy, rice, almond milk containers, soup and broth “tetra-pak” type containers)
Plastic coated paper packaging (e.g. ice cream cartons, frozen meal boxes)
Aerosol cans, empty (e.g. hairspray, air freshener, wax and furniture polish)
Spiral wound cans (e.g. frozen juice, coffee cans, nuts, chips)
Microwaveable Paper Containers (e.g. single serve soups, paper bowls)

Other New Changes Include:

· Styrofoam recycling (e.g. meat trays, foam cups, egg cartons, electronics packaging) will be accepted at DEPOTS ONLY

· Plastic film (e.g. grocery bags etc.) will become a DEPOT ONLY item and will no longer be accepted in the curbside recycling cart

· Depot users will be required to sort their recycling into more categories starting May 19th. Categories at the depot will be paper, containers, Styrofoam, glass and plastic bags.

Peter Rotheisler, Manager of Environmental Services with the Regional District says, “Compared with some areas of the province, our recycling program has been at the forefront and considered one of the best. It’s going to be even better with the Central Okanagan’s participation in the province-wide Packaging and Printed Paper program. The expansion in the types of materials accepted for recycling means more items will be recycled than ever before, which is also good news for our one remaining landfill.”

Background Information of Packaging and Printed Paper Program in BC

In 2011, the BC government passed a regulation requiring all businesses that supply packaging and printed paper (PPP) to BC residential consumers be responsible for collecting and recycling that material once consumers are finished with it.

As a result, a non-profit organization called Multi Material BC was formed to represent businesses to meet their obligation under the recycling regulation. MMBC, in consultation with stakeholders, including businesses and local governments, developed a stewardship plan to collect and recycle residential packaging and printed paper. MMBC’s stewardship plan was approved by the provincial government in April 2013 and the program will launch on May 19, 2014.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan, City of Kelowna, District of West Kelowna, District of Lake Country and District of Peachland all have signed contracts with MMBC to collect recyclables on behalf of MMBC and in accordance with MMBC requirements.

Vernon and Penticton are also a part of the program.

For further information visit www.regionaldistrict/recyclemore or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250.469.6250.

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Keep Animals Out of your Trash

This trash tip from the Regional Waste Reduction Office: Don’t let your garbage become a feast for local wildlife!

“If you live in an area that’s susceptible to wildlife, reduce your risk of conflict. Take responsibility for your trash” says Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart. ““Bears and other animals have a keen sense of smell, so the idea is not to attract them to your garbage unnecessarily. If they do find your waste, not only can they make a real mess, but could also pose a risk to you and your family , or to themselves by attracting the unnecessary attention of conservation officers.”

All garbage, yard waste and recycling carts need to be accessible for pickup and with lids unlocked for emptying between the hours of 7am and 7pm on the day of collection only. Putting carts out the night before or days before pickup is due, or leaving them out on a continuous basis will only add to the potential for critter trouble in your neighborhood.

The BC Conservation Foundation Bear Aware website also suggests keeping your garbage in a secured shed or garage until pickup day, and recommends not stockpiling or burying garbage. As well, it reminds that fish and meat remains should not be left outside and suggests freezing or keeping them in a cool place until they can be placed into the garbage on your collection day.

Stewart adds, “Many residents have had success with using bungee straps to secure the lid of their waste carts. Keep in mind though, any security devices you choose to deter wildlife from your trash must be released on the day of your collection so the lid can open freely and the container contents be emptied into the automated truck.”

You’re also reminded to take care with what you put in your backyard composter. Things like meat, fish, bones, cooking oil, grease, and dairy products should never be left outside or put into a compost bin, as this can unnecessarily attract wildlife to your backyard as well.

For more information on deterring bears from your garbage, visit the Bear Aware website: www.bearaware.bc.ca .or http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/wld/documents/bear_hm.htm .

For additional inquiries, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

(June 20, 2013)

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Garbage Disposal Rates Up in the New Year

Starting January 1st 2013 it will cost more to dispose of garbage at two Central Okanagan facilities.

Tipping fee increases for garbage and other solid waste materials were approved earlier this year by the Regional District Board for the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre and the City of Kelowna for the Glenmore landfill, and apply to both residential and commercial customers.

As of January 1st 2013, the flat fee for up to 250 kg of garbage will go up to $10.00 from the current level of $8.00. Up to 250 kilograms of yard waste will continue to be accepted free of charge.

Regional District Waste Reduction Manager Peter Rotheisler says the increase in fees reflects the increasing cost of managing solid waste in our region. "Hopefully this increase will also provide incentive to residents and businesses to reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible."

For more information on tipping fee increases, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or contact the Regional Waste Reduction Office, at 250-469-6250.

(December 13, 2012)

Source:  RDCO Whats New

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Fungi Discovered In The Amazon Will Eat Your Plastic

Just when you thought that plastic waste was never going to break down in the environment, along comes Mother Nature to solve the problem.

The Amazon contains more species of flora and fauna than virtually anywhere else on earth.
In a report by NZ Herald it was stated that a group of students from Yale University found a species which appears to be happy eating plastic in airless landfills.

The group of students are part of Yale's annual Rainforest Expedition and Laboratory. Travelling with professor Scott Strobel of the molecular biochemistry lab into the jungles of Ecuador, the mission was to allow "students to experience the scientific inquiry process in a comprehensive and creative way."
Plastic garbage could last indefinitely, meaning that landfills of garbage will continue on possibly for centuries.
But now there may just be the perfect solution.

The group brought back a new fungus with a voracious appetite for polyurethane, which is a common plastic used for many modern purposes, including shoes, garden hoses and other non-degenerating items.
The fungi, Pestalotiopsis microspora, is able to survive on a steady diet of polyurethane alone and, which is even more surprising can do this in an anaerobic (oxygen-free) environment. Perfect for conditions at the bottom of a landfill.

A student named Pria Anand recorded the remarkable behaviour of the microbe, and another isolated the enzymes that allow the organism to degrade plastic as a food source.

Their findings were published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology last year with the conclusion that the microbe is "a promising source of biodiversity from which to screen for metabolic properties useful for bioremediation."

There is now hope for a plastic-free environment in the future.

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Garbage-Yard Waste Disposal Rates Rise in New Year

Starting January 1st 2012 it will cost more to dispose of garbage and yard waste at two Central Okanagan facilities for both residential and commercial customers.

Tipping fee increases for garbage and other solid waste materials were approved earlier this year by the Regional District Board for the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre and the City of Kelowna for the Glenmore landfill.

Increases as of January 1st 2012 are as follows:

Bagged garbage $2.50 per bag (now $1.00 per bag)
Flat fee for up to 250 kg of garbage $8.00 (now $6)
Loads of garbage over 250 kg $65 per metric tonne (now $55)

Yard waste loads greater than 250 kg $40 per metric tonne (now $25)
Yard waste loads for material larger than 20cms in diameter $65 per metric tonne (now $55)
--**Up to 250 kilograms of yard waste will continue to be accepted free of charge**

Regional District Waste Reduction Manager Peter Rotheisler says the increase in fees is necessary given the major capital projects planned for the Glenmore Landfill, the only remaining active landfill in the Central Okanagan and provides additional incentive for residents to reduce, reuse and recycle. Rotheisler adds, “It’s also the first time in almost twenty years the bag and under 250 kilogram disposal fees have gone up since they began back in the 1990’s.”

Even with next year’s increase, tipping fees in the Central Okanagan remain lower than many of the surrounding areas. Tip fee rates in the North Okanagan, Columbia Shuswap, and Kootenay Boundary are between $70 and $85 per metric tonne, and Metro Vancouver is slightly below $100 per metric tonne.

For more information on tipping fee increases, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or contact the Regional Waste Reduction Office, at 250.469.6250.

(December 14, 2011)

Source:  RDCO's What's New

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Westbank First Nations (WFN) garbage bill

This below was copied off the financial plan of 2011.
Look at page 29 and then go down from there to page 33 of the document to see what we see
http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/bylaws/Bylaws/Bylaw1289.pdf


092 - SWM: Westside Waste Disposal & Recycling Centre WFN PAYS $86,149 / Total Revenue $492,400

093 - SWM: Westside Sanitary Landfill / Waste Disposal & Recycling Centre (in 2010 in 2011 - this portion moved to cc 092 for cost tracking)
WFN PAYS $0 parcel tax it shows / Total Revenue $46,575

094 - SWM: Waste Reduction Program
WFN is not mentioned at all / Total Revenue $630,505

095 - SWM: Solid Waste Collection (Electoral Areas)
WFN is not mentioned at all / Total Revenue $484,957

096 - SWM: Recycling
WFN is not mentioned at all / Total Revenue $2,211,261

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HOW TO PAY LESS WHEN YOU DUMP YOUR GARBAGE AT THE LANDFILL

There are new rates starting 2012.  Make sure you take more than 6 bags to the dump so you can pay the lesser amount.  Just split one bag and make it into two bags if you don't have enough bags.

6 bags x $2.50 per bag = $15.00 compared to the $8.00 per load of garbage weighing up to and including 250 kg that you would pay otherwise.

RDCO must think we are stupid or something!!

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This fee increase is for the Westside Transfer Station (previously named the Westside Landfill) on Asquith Road in West Kelowna on the other side of the Hwy that goes over the Bennett Bridge. This is not for the transfer station at Sugar Loaf where you usually take your garbage.

Cost of Disposing Garbage/Yard Waste Going Up in the New Year

As of January 1st 2012 the cost of disposing garbage and large loads of yard waste at two Central Okanagan facilities is going up for both residential and commercial customers. It’s been almost 20 years since rates last went up.

Tipping fee increases for garbage and other solid waste materials have now been approved by the Regional District Board for the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre and are the same fee amendments also recently approved by the City of Kelowna for the Glenmore landfill, so waste disposal fees are consistent across the Central Okanagan.

The approved increases for January 1st 2012 are as follows:

The cost of disposing bagged garbage will go up to $2.50 per bag (now $1.00 per bag)
The flat fee for up to 250 kilograms of garbage will rise from $6.00 to $8.00
Loads of garbage over 250 kilograms will be charged $65 per metric tonne (now $55)
Yard waste loads greater than 250 kg will cost $40 per metric tonne (now $25)
Yard waste loads for material larger than 20cms in diameter will rise to $65 per metric tonne (now $55)
--**Up to 250 kilograms of yard waste will continue to be accepted free of charge**

Regional District Waste Reduction Manager Peter Rotheisler says the increase in fees is necessary given the major capital projects planned for the Glenmore Landfill and provides a more significant incentive for residents to reduce, reuse and recycle. Rotheisler adds, “It’s also the first time the bag and under 250 kilogram disposal fees have gone up since they began back in the 1990’s.”

Even with next year’s increase, tipping fees in the Central Okanagan remain lower than many of the surrounding areas. Tip fee rates in the North Okanagan, Columbia Shuswap, and Kootenay Boundary are between $70 and $85 per metric tonne, and Metro Vancouver is slightly below $100 per metric tonne.

For more information on tipping fee increases, visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or contact the Regional Waste Reduction Office, at 250-469-6250.

(September 26, 2011)

Source:  Regional District of Central Okanagan What's New

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It'll cost more to dump on the westside
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 64898 - Sep 20, 2011


Photo: Wayne Moore - Castanet File Photo
 

It'll cost you more to drop off garbage at the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre beginning next year.

Fee increases were approved by the Regional Board Monday.

The fee amendments to the Solid Waste Management Bylaw are the same as those recently approved by the City of Kelowna for the Glenmore Landfill meaning waste disposal fees are now consistent across the Central Okanagan.

As of January 1, 2012, the cost of disposing bagged garbage will rise from $1 per bag to $2.50 a bag, $8 for loads up to 250 kilograms (now $6) or $65 per metric tonne for loads over 250 kilograms (now $55).

While up to 250 kilograms of yard waste will continue to be accepted without charge, loads greater than 250 kilograms will cost $40 per metric tonne ($25 now) and $65 per metric tonne if material is larger than 20 centimetres in diameter.

The last time some of the fees increased at these facilities was 2006.

It’s the first time the bag and under 250 kilogram garbage disposal fees have gone up since the 1990’s.

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Lake refuses grant for new landfill
VANCOUVER/CKNW(AM980) - 9/9/2011
Shane Woodford | Email news tips to Shane at shane.woodford "at" corusent.com

The Ministry of Environment has declined to grant Metro Vancouver an environmental assessment certificate for a landfill in the B.C. interior.

Minister Terry Lake says the refusal comes in part to Metro Vancouver finishing their solid waste management plan which doesn't include landfill plans.

Lake says as far as Metro Vancouver's Ashcroft Ranch property they could re-apply in the future.

"They own the Ashcroft Ranch so theoretically they could apply in the future if they wanted to pursue this option, but you know there is lots of information that has come into play since 2005 with the completion of their solid waste management plan, so the conditions are different."

Metro Vancouver made the application in the event the Cache Creek landfill closed, but it instead was granted an extension.

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August 20, 2011 Hazardous Waste Roundup at Sugar Loaf Transfer Station
click poster for a larger copy

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$150 Fines for Solid Waste Violations as at August 4, 2011

Ticket Information and Utilization Amendment Bylaw No. 1269, 2010 - Amends Bylaw No. 435
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Ticket Information and Utilization Amendment Bylaw No. 1269, 2010 - Amends Bylaw No. 435

Please check RDCO bylaws to see if there is a newer bylaw since Bylaw 1269, 2010 was carried, and since we checked Aug 4, 2011.

RDCO Bylaws

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Metro Vancouver has been denied an environmental assessment certificate for its proposal to develop a landfill at its Ashcroft Ranch property south of Cache Creek, the provincial government announced today.

Source: Vancouver Sun News Alert

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Directors split over incineration
Vernon Morning Star - By Richard Rolke - July 08, 2011

There are deep divisions over a proposed garbage incinerator in the North Okanagan.

Regional District of North Okanagan staff will consider whether the district’s solid waste management plan remains practical or if consideration should be given to CanKor Pacific Waste and Energy’s plans for a waste burner on the Splats’in First Nation reserve between Spallumcheen and Enderby.

Administrator Trafford Hall is concerned about a possible shift away from RDNO policy which calls for landfills and recycling.

“We looked at incineration recently and the area was opposed to incineration. What we do now does not pollute the air or water,” he said.

Representatives for Vancouver-based CanKor made a presentation to directors Wednesday.

“A whole bunch of questions came up,” said director Mike Macnabb of the proposal which would divert waste away from landfills and into an incinerator.

“It makes a lot of assumptions we can’t take at face value. What happens if it doesn’t work?”

Macnabb points out that considerable time went into the regional district’s solid waste management plan.

“I don’t want to go down a different path when I think we’re doing pretty well with solid waste,” he said.

The first phase of the $100 to $200 million project could collect about 400 tonnes of garbage per day.

Potential spin-off products could be a cooling warehouse, a hydroponic greenhouse and a 100-unit co-operative housing plan.

“It may be pie-in-the-sky but there are huge problems with landfills,” said director Eugene Foisy.

“If we can get some information, it doesn’t hurt to look at something that may be better.”

Director Will Hansma wants RDNO staff to look at the incinerator concept with an open mind and not to be tied to the existing waste management plan.

“We need to do what’s best for our communities and not necessarily our five-year plan,” he said.

“We have looked at incineration projects in other countries and they are very good.”

CanKor is seeking $10,000 from the regional district for a feasibility study but Hansma wants assurances that potential environmental concerns are addressed.

“Will it tell us the impact on our air quality? There is a concern about water in the area. The site is very close to an aquifer,” he said.

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Garbage inspection could prove costly
by Castanet Staff - Story: 62276 - May 27, 2011

A garbage inspection is about to be undertaken at the Glenmore Landfill.

Ramped up inspections of business garbage at Kelowna's Glenmore Landfill is about to get underway and the results could prove costly for those businesses not following mandatory recycling rules.

The Regional Waste Reduction Office in partnership with the landfill has been working with local waste haulers to inform customers that surcharges would be applied to loads containing banned recyclable items.

A comprehensive education campaign has also been undertaken to help businesses improve the way they manage their solid waste.

A recent waste composition study at the landfill showed half of the garbage originating from local businesses and multi-family developments could easily be diverted into an existing recycling program.

Staff will now begin to check random loads from waste hauling companies, businesses, institutions and residential complexes.

Loads with large quantities of mandatory recyclables will be hit with a surcharge of $150 per metric tonne for loads containing banned materials, over and above regular tipping fees.

Waste Reduction Manager, Peter Rotheisler, says inspectors will be in place at the face of the landfill and at the on-site disposal bins for the foreseeable future.

"Staff will be checking for things like large quantities of plastic film, cardboard, paper products and metals. Items that are valuable and ba

nned from burial at the landfill and all with numerous alternate disposal options available," says Rotheisler.

He says word of the program has already spread and people seem to be getting the message.

"Recent data suggests approximately 15 per cent less garbage has been buried at the Glenmore Landfill from the commercial, industrial and institutional sector in the first four months of the year compared to the same period in 2009 and 2010."

"We encourage residents to assist in this program by using the recycling services provided by businesses, choose re-useable containers whenever possible and provide feedback to local businesses on their waste disposal systems."

For a complete list of the mandatory recyclables and alternate disposal locations or for more information on the Commercial Diversion Program targeting mandatory recyclables, visit www.regionaldistrict.com/recycle or contact the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

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Kelowna slaps district with garbage sorting fee
Kelowna Capital News - By Alistair Waters - May 21, 2011

West Kelowna’s decision not to participate in the collection of electronic data to record what goes into yard waste containers picked up at the curb will cost residents $4.62 cents more on their quarterly utility bills.

But it could cost the district even more.

The decision to not be part of the radio frequency indentification system (RFID)—intended to catch people who put garbage into their yard waste bins and thus contaminate the yard waste stream at the Kelowna landfill—means an additional charge of $46,575 will be incurred by West Kelowna for extra sorting.

That charge is imposed by the City of Kelowna.

West Kelowna is opposed to the program, in part, based on privacy concerns. And unlike Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland and the regional district, the district decided to opt out of the program.

But adopting that action comes at a cost, finance department officials reminded council, one which could increase further in the future.

The RFID program is being implemented to gather data about the presence of garbage in the yard waste stream.

While no penalties have yet been announced for anyone caught illegally disposing of garbage, regional waste collection officials have said letters will likely be sent out to people who repeatedly are found to be doing it.

One of the reasons why some people are putting regular garbage in yard waste containers could be the size of the current garbage cans that all homes in the Central Okanagan must use.

Some residents claim the containers are too small, while others say they’re just the right size.

After the current automated curbside collection system was introduced, residents were given the option of paying more to have larger garbage bins.

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click for entire 2010 rural property tax bill

So in 2010 North Westsider's are paying $167 for their twice yearly utility bill for garbage, plus $98.68 on their property tax bill for garbage = $265.68 per year

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The North Westside Road Transfer Station garbage bill went from $40 per year everyone has been paying for the last 7 or so years or more up, with a huge jump to $167 per year in 2010.  RDCO says the the bill didn't go up when it should have over the last 7 or so years.  So who has been paying North Westsider's garbage bill then if North Westside Road hasn't been paying the true cost of their garbage disposal?  Something is fishy about what RDCO is telling us, don't you think?  You can have a look at the finances over the years here on okanaganlakebc.ca

Bylaw 1253, 2009 Schedule "C" says that the Solid Waste Reduction Services fee is the $51.95 levied on the 2009 property tax.

$167 year user fee for transfer station
$51.95 property tax bill for waste/enviromnt mangement (landfill?)
= $218.95 per year in total

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$48.00 (North Westside Sugar Loaf users subsidize Traders Cove $48)
$25.98 parcel tax which is the cost of the Westbank Transfer Convenience Station

= $73.98 per year would be the amount that North Westside Sugar Loaf transfer station users would be subsidizing Traders Cove transfer station located at Bear Creek, and the West Kelowna Convenience Transfer Station on Asquith Road.

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Arson in Nakusp: Rash of fires compounding illegal dumping problem
Vernon Morning Star - By J. Louise Larson - Arrow Lakes News - May 04, 2011

Nakusp Fire Chief Terry Warren inspects the site of a case of suspected arson and illegal dumping on Highway 6 near Nakusp.


Someone is setting fires around Nakusp. On purpose.

Fire Chief Terry Warren said Monday multiple fires have been set downtown and in rural areas, and that more than one arsonist may be at work.

“On April 24, we got called to a wildfire. There was lots of garbage of all different sorts, locals had been dumping garbage there. We got called out for the fire,” Warren said.

Nakusp Volunteer Fire Department volunteers battled the blaze that evening and hotspots the next day.

Warren asked wildfire experts from the Ministry of Forests to help keep an eye on the site off Highway 6, not far from Nakusp Hot Springs.

More garbage was dumped at the site after the fire.

Viewed Monday, the site was a charred mess of garbage and wood.

“All of this is people cleaning up their property – it’s a helluva fire hazard,” Warren said.

The firefighters had to move in and out of the fire because of the intensity of the blaze.

“There were tons of toxic fumes from oils, tar paper, batteries,” he said.

Prior to the firefighters’ arrival, the blaze was working its wawy to the nearby rifle range, he said.

“See that dry bracken? It’s just like crumpled up newspaper, it’s dryer than heck, and that’s what the fire was moving through,” Warren said, pointing to tinder-dry foliage. “It’s just lucky one of our ex-volunteers spotted it and came and told us.”

As the summer approaches, concerns about wildfires will heighten, he said.

“We are in one of the higher spots for wildfires in the area,” he said, recalling the firestorms of 2003, when help was sought from firefighters from as far away as Abbotsford and Langley to quell fires sparked by lightening and dry heat.

On Friday, another illegal dumping spot a mile down the road was set on fire, and once again put out by volunteer firefighters.

Then, downtown, a bulletin board was lit on fire next to the general store, Warren said.

The call came in around 1:20 a.m. from an apartment dweller who lived behind Broadway between the alley and the lake, and was awakened by the smell of smoke.

With the historic wood frame buildings in Nakusp’s quaint downtown area, a fire could cause a great deal of property damage, Warren said, pointing to where what’s left of a community bulletin board lay crumpled in the alley.

“There’s a chance that if one of these old worn buildings catches on fire, we may lose the whole block,” he said.

Warren said it’s possible the arsonist or arsonists are unaware of the hazards they are posing to the community and surrounding areas.

“Maybe they just don’t know,” he said.

Unfortunately, rural dumping is a problem throughout the Kootenays. Area residents cleaning up their yards and unwilling to pay to use the dump or to wait for dump days may help themselves to back roads. Warren said he has observed backroads where garbage is just dumped in the middle of the road, blocking usage.

As for dumping, Warren is hoping to see a regional approach emerge.

“I think it’s something that should be brought forward as a Kootenay effort,” he said.

In the meantime, the fire chief would like to see area residents vigilant against the threats of arson and wildfire as well as illegal dumping.

“I think it’s important to get that message out there. If you see something suspicious or you see smoke, report it right away. Don’t just think it’s somebody setting a campfire,” he said.

The rash of arson activity is very unusual for Nakusp, Warren said.

“We’ve never had the dumping areas list – a month down the road, it could get away and we’d have a major forest fire coming at us,” he said.

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20 Minutes Makes A Difference!
What a difference 20 minutes can make!

For 20 minutes this morning at ten a.m. members of our community joined together simultaneously for one big spring clean up. The Community 20 Minute Make Over was the official kick off to Community Clean Up month! Hundreds of people from Peachland to Lake Country stepped outside to put in a little elbow grease and make our community sparkle - picking up litter, sweeping sidewalks, graffiti busting, some even tackling illegal dump sites.

“A huge environmental salute to everyone who took part in this event today!” says Waste Reduction Facilitator Rae Stewart. “From all the families that participated, to the businesses, service clubs, volunteer organizations and everyone in between, it’s encouraging to see our community mobilize for such a positive feel good cause! And, it’s amazing to see the impact we can make in a mere 20 minutes when we pool our resources! “

Stewart says in West Kelowna alone Friday morning a crew of 40 plus volunteers tackled an illegal dump site behind Friends Pub and pulled in 20 thousand kilograms of miscellaneous waste.” We filled two large dumpsters and multiple smaller collection bins with four metric tonnes of yard waste, approximately 3 tonnes of garbage, 12 tonnes of concrete, and 400 kilograms of scrap metal, 100 kilograms of recyclables, one TV, 4 tires, and one car battery. Hats off to all that helped us tackle that unsightly problem area, including the Captain Do Right’s and all the dedicated individuals that helped out!”

If you missed out on participating in today’s 20 Minute Makeover, it’s not too late, as the entire month of April is officially Community Clean Up month. Gather a group or your family together to clean some litter in your neighborhood, park, school or business area. The Waste Reduction Office will register your organization, provide all garbage bags, gloves and equipment you will need. Afterwards they’ll even arrange to collect the bags of litter and dispose of them for you.

Follow the links for more information on Community Clean Up Month, Illegal Dumping, the Illegal Dumping Reporting Form, or visit regionaldistrict.com/recycle, or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

(April 1, 2011)

Source - RDCO Whats New

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Landfill hours go seasonal
Vernon Morning Star - By Richard Rolke - March 04, 2011

The opportunity to visit two landfills may expand or shrink depending on the time of the year.

The North Okanagan Regional District has established summer and winter schedules for the Greater Vernon and Armstrong-Spallumcheen landfills.

“Hours of operation at both facilities would be increased during the summer and decreased during the winter to better match customer demand,” said Dale Danallanko, facilities co-ordinator.

Presently, the Greater Vernon and Armstrong-Spallumcheen landfills have been open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

But under the new schedule, the summer hours (March 1 to Oct. 31) for the landfills are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. From Nov. 1 to Feb. 28, the winter hours will be 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday.

The new schedules at both landfills will come into effect April 1, but not everyone welcomes the change.

“I’d like to see the Saturday hours stay the same from the summer to the winter so there is no confusion,” said director Doug Dirk.

“On Saturdays, people like to get out and get things done early.”

Director Shirley Fowler protested the loss of one hour on Saturdays and the closure on Sundays, particularly in November.

“Often in November, people are still cleaning up their yards. You eliminate the ability to go in on Sundays when people are working Saturdays,” she said.

But staff defended the decision to have an earlier start in the summer and a later opening in the winter.

“The winter is cold and dark and people tend to come later in the winter,” said Danallanko.

Statistics show that 240 vehicles visit the Greater Vernon landfill on an average Saturday in August and 242 in September, but it drops to 83 in December and 94 in January.

Danallanko added that the goal is to improve customer service while not increasing the budget and it costs $200 per hour to extend the hours.

Director Mike Macnabb says landfill hours can’t meet everyone’s needs.

“We should be driven by what the public wants but if just one person wants it, we may not be able to accommodate them,” he said.

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Garbage contract met trade agreement
Summerland Review - By John Arendt - March 23, 2011

Owners of Summerland Waste are disappointed that the local garbage collection contract was awarded to an international company, but officials with the municipality say they were bound by the rules of a trade agreement.

The contract was awarded to BFI Canada Inc. at the end of February.

The five-year contract with BFI came in at $311,337.30 a year, plus an annual Transportation Consumer Price Index increase or decrease to a maximum of three per cent and HST.

The company will also receive $6,839.60 a year, plus the transportation index increase or decrease and HST for the collection, processing and marketing of recyclables deposited at the landfill depot.

This bid is almost 20 per cent below the nearest Summerland bid and results in savings of almost $60,000 a year for the municipality.

As a result, residential garbage and recycling collection fees will drop from $14.50 a month to $11.10 a month while multi-family collection fees will drop from $4.50 a month to $3 a month.

Andy Tiel of Summerland Waste calls the price from BFI a predatory bid.

“Their price was at or below the break even point and it’s 20 per cent below the price they could do in Penticton,” he said.

He added that the wages paid by BFI are lower than the wages paid by his company.

“This town is going to lose two or three young couples because they can’t pay their mortgages on what they’re paying,” he said.

Janet Groome of Summerland Waste has questions about how the bidding process was conducted.

“We were emphatic that it would and could not be a fair process with the likes of BFI in the race,” she said. “We were assured by city staff that they would be watching for any unfair bidding practices and would be retaining all rights on who would be chosen to perform the services.”

Groome said BFI also is able to undercut local garbage collection services with special introductory offers and incentives.

“It’s predatory pricing,” she said. “The question becomes how long can a little company like ours hang on?”

Joe Rajotte, Western Canada vice president for BFI Canada, said the bid was made carefully.

“This went through a public process,” he said. “We carefully considered the scope of the work and put together a proposal we believed was competitive.”

Dave Hill, public works superintendent for the municipality, said Summerland was bound to follow the rules of a trade agreement.

The New West Partnership Trade Agreement, formerly the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement, stipulates how contracts such as this one are to be awarded.

It affects British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

For municipalities, school boards, health boards and some public colleges, the agreement must be followed for the purchase of goods or services greater than $75,000 or for construction contracts worth $200,000 a year or more.

“No obstacles: government standards and regulations cannot restrict or impair trade, investment or labour mobility between the three provinces,” the agreement states.

Hill said the municipality could have faced legal action had it not followed the agreement.

He added that the concern about a predatory bid from BFI was considered but rejected.

“That’s always something we consider, but in this situation, we have no reason to think that it this is the case,” he said.

Mayor Janice Perrino said the price difference between the BFI bid and the local bid was substantial and could not be overlooked.

She said the interprovincial trade agreement results in lower prices and more competitive bids.

“It forces companies to sharpen their pencils and it’s not always pleasant or easy,” she said.

At the same time, she said the loss of a local garbage collection service will affect the community.

“It’s a terrible loss. Summerland Waste was an excellent company.”But we can’t not follow the law and the law you follow is the TILMA agreement.”

The agreement is expected to save householders an average of $40 a year.

Groome said the savings are offset by the effects on Summerland Waste employees.

“Our company relied 100 per cent on local people to perform all the services for the residential contract,” she said. “Summerland has lost at least six full-time jobs and numerous part-time jobs. The spin-off effect of our business and our employees who live in the community will be dramatic.”

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Garbage focus of survey
Vernon Morning Star - By Richard Rolke - March 06, 2011

Rural residents will be asked if they want to get rid of garbage on their own or if mandatory collection is needed.

The North Okanagan Regional District may conduct a waste collection survey in BX-Swan Lake, BX-Silver Star, rural Lumby and rural Enderby.

“We’re trying to find out if the current service is adequate or if they want something different,” said Rick Fairbairn, rural Lumby director.

Presently, rural residents have two choices take the waste to the landfill themselves or hire a company to collect it.

Fairbairn isn’t convinced his constituents would embrace mandatory curbside collection as occurs in Vernon or other municipalities.

“There would be a cost because our area is so spread out,” he said.

Mike Macnabb, BX-Silver Star director, admits he isn’t hearing a lot of demand for mandatory collection.

“There isn’t a big push. It’s not necessarily coming from the public,” he said.

However, Macnabb says the concept of mandatory collection should be considered because residents and small haulers going to the landfill generates a lot of traffic.

“From a greenhouse gas issue, is it more efficient to self-haul or have one service?” he said.

NORD staff have heard from residents who favour the current system and from others who want a curbside collection service.

“Due to this conflicting information, staff would like to solicit input from residents in the electoral areas to determine if there is a desire for expanded curbside residential waste collection in areas where such a program is feasible,” said Karmen Morgan, waste reduction co-ordinator.

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West Kelowna stays out of garbage photo plan
Kelowna Capital News - February 11, 2011

R.J. Sajna cleans snow off large yard waste bins already marked with radio frequency tags at Glenmore landfill on Feb. 10.
Sean Connor

West Kelowna will continue to remain apart from a regional waste management system that would collect data on residents' waste disposal patterns and take photos of bin contents.

The district first opted out of the system in late October of 2010. The system using RFID technology is intended to prevent contamination of yard waste and recycling streams with the wrong materials. The technology would allow truck drivers to easily record transgressions.

Coun. Carol Zanon said there are concerns in council over whether this a service West Kelowna should have. She said she would like to see more control on privacy issues.

Zanon noted there should be a regular programmed check on the security of the information being held, a check that should be reviewed after a one year period. She added there should be a more stringent definition in the contract of what constitutes personal information.

Coun. Bryden Winsby said his concern is what happens if West Kelowna is not satisfied with the agreement. The contract would remain in effect for five years, with no provision to opt out.

Coun. Rosalind Neis pointed out the district is being asked to pay a fee for a program that infringes on the rights of West Kelowna citizens.

She added that not everyone in the region participates or pays into the system the same way. She added there is a potential for the system to be used correctly, if the regional district would allow credits to be given to people who do not use the waste system as much.

Peter Rotheisler, waste reduction manager for the Regional District of Central Okanagan, noted that is one of the potential benefits, but to change to such a billing model would first require very good data on system usage and how it varies.

Coun. Gord Milsom noted that if West Kelowna did not take part in the system, the annual cost of waste inspection at the landfill would come to $4.61 per residential unit.

He said that if the district chose to be part of the system, it would cost $1.68 annually per residential unit. He pointed out that the city of Kelowna anticipated even if the RFID system was in place, there would still be some inspection needed for yard waste.

Rotheisler said the city of Kelowna had not indicated there would be an extra charge for monitoring yard waste at the landfill.

He noted that if West Kelowna waits a year to sign on to the program, the cost of participating would be the same but amortized over a shorter period of time. The per household cost per year would likely be higher than $1.68 per unit.

Mayor Doug Findlater said he can't see sticking West Kelowna residents with the extra cost. He added the city of Kelowna is calling the shots on the issue, and West Kelowna has very little choice.

"I continue to have concerns on whether this is effective," said Findlater.

The motion to take part in the RFID system was defeated, with Zanon, Neis, Winsby and Milsom opposed.

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WEEKEND FEATURE: Wrapping our heads around garbage in Greater Victoria
Saanich News - By Erin McCracken - February 19, 2011

Driver Pam Wilson dumps a load of garbage at the Victoria transfer station on Garbally Road. The garbage is dumped into the back of a tractor trailer for transport to Hartland Landfill in Saanich.
Don Denton/News staff

Like clockwork, Allan Cheaney awaits his turn to tip the contents of his service truck into the waiting tractor trailer.

He has to speak loudly over the roar of municipal garbage trucks that have congregated at the City of Victoria transfer station where every day is garbage day.

It’s Cheaney’s job to gather up the oddities that are found on city streets – unwanted furniture and mattresses, broken glass, spilled fluids and even animal carcasses – and bring them here to be hauled away to Hartland Landfill in Saanich.

“It’s getting worse, I could do that all day,” Cheaney said of the furniture dumping he sees every day. “It’s starting to be in the more affluent areas.”

On average, every CRD resident generated 413 kilograms of waste in 2009, down from 670 kilograms in 1989.

That may be an improvement, but there is still a long way to go if the Capital Regional District hopes to divert 60 per cent of the waste heading to the landfill by 2013, and 90 per cent by 2020. The goal is to extend the life of Hartland beyond 2040.

The problem is that garbage has become an out-of-sight, out-of-mind issue for many people, said Robert Gifford who has been teaching environmental and consumer psychology at the University of Victoria for the past 31 years.

“We all have lots of things to do in our life,” he said, explaining why few people ponder the implications of what they’re throwing away. “Whatever is in front us right now takes precedence.”

Curbside collection, done weekly in Victoria and bi-weekly in Esquimalt, Saanich and Oak Bay, has offered people convenience, but has cut them off from their relationship with the environment.

“We’re less in touch with nature now and we’re less in touch with garbage now,” Gifford said. “When people see what the impact could be, it changes people’s behaviour.”

About 2,000 people attended Hartland Landfill’s open house last year, where they got up close and personal with some of the landfill’s 48 hectares. In addition, CRD educational campaigns over the years have helped boost recycling efforts. As a result, Hartland Landfill is being filled more slowly than anticipated.

More than 90 per cent of single-family homes in the CRD participate in the blue box recycling program.

More than 19,000 tonnes of recyclables are now diverted from the trash every year.

“People have gotten their heads around recycling,” said Monique Booth, CRD environmental sustainability communications co-ordinator. “There is a behavioural change and a philosophical shift in consumption.”

Still, about 140,000 tonnes of refuse is trucked to the landfill every year.

According to Gifford, some people might not be as honest about their environmental efforts as they say they are.

In three different published studies, evidence shows many people will say they recycle more than they actually do, Gifford explained. Researchers actually looked into blue boxes before they questioned residents.

“In other words, what it shows is you can’t be very confident about what people say,” Gifford said about why people lie about their efforts to be green. “We want to look good.”

To get a better look at what we throw out, how much, and in which neighbourhoods, the CRD conducted a waste composition study for 2009 and 2010, as it does every five years. Out of the samples collected from Victoria, Esquimalt, Saanich, Oak Bay and View Royal, about 30 per cent of the trash was organic waste. Some of the garbage was recyclable -- about 16 per cent was paper and paper products and 13 per cent was plastics.

“There’s still a lot (of recyclables) in the garbage, but there has been a significant drop from 20 years ago,” said Tom Watkins, manager of Hartland operations.

Over at the Victoria waste transfer station, Tej Labh has witnessed a gradual decline in the amount of garbage his solid waste crews collect every year. Last year, 4,800 tonnes was collected, down from 5,000 tonnes in 2008. “People just know now,” said Labh, senior lead hand of Victoria’s solid waste and recycling division. “People are catching on about doing the right thing.”

emccracken "at" vicnews.com


By the numbers

• 125: Number of hectares Hartland covers, including 48 hectares of landfill area.

• 561: Number of tonnes of asbestos taken to the landfill in 2009.

• 1,600: Number of homes that can be supplied with electricity generated from methane gas produced at Hartland.

• 15: Number of years it takes to secure a new landfill site.

• 25: Number of years Hartland must be monitored after closure. CRD is putting money aside for monitoring costs until 2070.



Thrown away

Results of CRD solid waste composition study, 2009-2010:

Single-family homes:

• Saanich: corrugated cardboard, furniture, clothing, construction materials such as carpet.

• Esquimalt: feminine hygiene products, newsprint such as flyers, glass.

• View Royal: ferrous metals, disposable diapers, animal feces, electronics, kitty litter.

• Victoria: books, footwear, organic waste.

• Oak Bay: tissue paper, paper towels and napkins, aluminum foil and trays, plastics.

• Since 1989, there has been a 42-per-cent drop in the amount of garbage taken to the dump.


Apartments:

• Saanich: organic waste, tissue paper, paper towels, napkins, milk cartons.

• Victoria: electronics, clothing, magazines, cardboard.

• Oak Bay: feminine hygiene products, disposable diapers, glass and household hazardous waste such as empty aerosol cans.

• Esquimalt: small appliances, kitty litter, ferrous metals, furniture.


Hartland Landfill timeline:

1950s: Hartland used as an unregulated dump site.

1985: CRD takes over landfill operations.

1997: The year phase two opened; it can accept about seven million cubic meters of solid waste.

1998: Year that phase one of the landfill closed, with 4.5 million cubic metres of garbage that runs 50 metres deep.

2040: Year the CRD has previously predicted phase two of the landfill will be full.

http://www.bclocalnews.com/vancouver_island_south/saanichnews/news

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West Kelowna council highlights
Castanet.net - by Contributed - Story: 59104 - Dec 22, 2010

The following are highlights from the District of West Kelowna Council meeting held December 14, 2010.

RDCO Waste Reduction – Contamination of Waste - Council asked staff to provide a report on the increased Radio Frequency Identification System (RFID) fee for unsorted solid waste collection to be brought forward in January for Council’s consideration. RDCO Board Chair Robert Hobson and representatives from the Waste Reduction Office and the City of Kelowna presented information on the RFID program. The District also received a letter from the City of Kelowna indicating that if the RFID system is not in place for West Kelowna, West Kelowna yard waste would need to be inspected separately for contaminants at an annual estimated cost of $46,575. On October 26, Council voted to not approve the new charge of $1.68 per household in West Kelowna for the completion of the installation of the RFID system for waste collection. The system allows information to be recorded automatically each time a waste truck tips a waste collection cart. The owner and address, date and time is recorded. It also allows for simple collection of information on offences committed (ie: illegal item in cart cart in bike lane, overloaded cart) and takes a picture of the offence.

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DWK could pay for stand against garbage snooping
Kelowna Capital News - By Mike Simmons - December 17, 2010

If West Kelowna does not want to take part in a regional RFID waste monitoring system, the city of Kelowna plans to volley the expense of separate inspection back to the municipality.

Central Okanagan Regional District board chairman Robert Hobson said the issue of whether or not to participate in the system is West Kelowna’s decision.

“The Regional District of Central Okanagan has no particular interest in this decision, we don’t benefit or lose,” said Hobson.

He pointed out the proposal came initially from technical staff, to deal with contamination of waste.

Hobson noted that for different reasons, the contamination creates a problem. For the recycling programs, it is more difficult for waste to be resold, decreasing revenue from re-selling materials. For the yard waste system, the problem is items in the waste that damage chipping equipment.

Hobson added that it is a policy decision West Kelowna has the right to make and the regional district can implement customized service for it. But from the city of Kelowna perspective, there are issues around the requirements of its landfill.

In a letter to the West Kelowna officials, Kelowna city manager Ron Mattiusi said it cost $225,000 to decontaminate all yard waste received in 2010 at the landfill, approximately 11,900 metric tonnes. More than 20 per cent of that waste came from West Kelowna.

“It is not unusual for material such as microwaves, batteries, small demolition material, automotive parts and concrete to be included with yard waste at the curb,” wote Mattiussi.

He said the RFID system provides the necessary data to identify and penalize offenders. If West Kelowna chooses not to participate in the system, all yard waste material from the district will be inspected separately. He noted that material would not have had the benefit of the RFID system. Kelowna’s estimated cost for doing a separate inspection of West Kelowna yard waste is $46,575.

Mattiussi added Kelowna would also be prepared to consider any pre-delivery inspection alternatives that West Kelowna could offer.

CORD waste reduction supervisor Peter Rotheisler noted the question had come up over whether the regional district takes added revenue from recyclables and transfers it to its collection budget.

He noted processing rebates from recyclable materials remain within the budget, and go towards paying for processing and depot operations.

The latest estimate of the cost per household to put the RFID system in place in West Kelowna is an additional $1.68 per year.

In response to questions about how to stop people from putting items in someone else’s bin, Rotheisler noted when items are found, the regional district approaches bin owners, assuming they are responsible.

He added that if the owners tell the regional district they are not responsible for the improperly placed material, they would receive educational materials on the proper use of the bin.

“It’s their responsibility to make sure their bin is secure.”

He added that catching people sneaking around is not something the district is able to do anything about.

West Kelowna Coun. Carol Zanon said she saw discrimination possibilities in a system that has an agency snooping into people’s garbage, finding out what is in it, creating criminal charges and suing based on what it might find.

“One civil libertarian called it ‘creeping functionalism,’” she said.

Zanon pointed out there are prospective savings from the system, but a truck driver filming pickups would still travel at the same pace.

She added there would be a whole hierarchy of people needed to review the films and find out if there’s something culpable in the bins or not.

“I really would like to fall in line and say ‘heck Carol, it’s only garbage,’ but I think there’s a time when you have to take a stand on people’s rights to privacy.'

Mayor Doug Findlater noted what the RFID system does is more efficiently tie bins to a residence.

His concern is inaccuracy due to the potential of planted materials and the cart sharing that occurs among some property owners living on the Westside.

msimmons "at" kelownacapnews.com

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Frustration with garbage collection could end with illegal road-side dumping
Kelowna Capital News - November 23, 2010

To the editor:

Re.: Does the District of West Kelowna Get a Free Ride? Nov. 10 Capital News

When Kelowna city councillors Graeme James and Robert Hobson heard that the Westside mayor and council had voted against chipping in for the second stage of a regional plan they had approved in the first phase, two years earlier, Mr. James said he is tired of subsiding West Kelowna and Mr. Hobson said West Kelowna’s decision to not participate should be passed on so as to end the free ride.

Their comments insinuate that we don’t pay our share since our community began using the Glenmore land fill site.

When the new automated system was implemented two years ago our rates went from $21 quarterly to $80 quarterly. That is a 400 per cent increase. The taxpayers increase in waste collection fees certainly doesn’t reflect anything near to being a free ride to me. We never had a say about implementing these garbage bins that are taxing us to death.

Peter Rotheisler says that it is a regional land fill but they own and operate it. He neglected to say they own it and run it with our tax dollars. He also says there should be an additional fee charged to the District of West Kelowna if contaminated loads end up at the land fill site. The Central Okanagan Regional District should educate the public and clarify exactly what is allowed to go in each of the three containers. Recycle, garbage and yard waste.

Before we became the District of West Kelowna, the Central Okanagan Regional District was in charge of the land fill on the Westside. They really dropped the ball when developers were allowed to build houses around the Westside land fill site. In my humble opinion, I am sure they saw the writing on the wall but allowed it to go ahead anyway.

All the districts were asked if they wanted to participate in phase 2. When Peachland’s mayor and council voted, they voiced there objection, but voted for it anyway.

The District of West Kelowna voted no to the proposal, so now we are looking like the bad guys. I am glad they said no for the following reasons:

• It is an infringement on our privacy. In monitoring our garbage they are taking a picture record of our home and property and therefore destroying our privacy

• The pictured garbage doesn’t necessarily mean that it is ours. Once on the street others can put stuff in our containers .

If we didn’t have a choice in which way to vote then why would they ask each district. It’s like asking which door would you like: Door No. 1 with $50,000 or door No. 2 with $50. I know which door I would pick.

I know it costs money to operate and maintain the land site. Peter Rotheisler tells us taxpayers are footing a $70,000 to $80,000 annual bill for sorting garbage out of recyclables and several hundred thousand dollars a year to clean up contaminated yard waste. Why not take the money they make from the recycled paper, compost yard waste, cardboard, plastics, metals etc. and use it for any extra costs incurred instead of charging another fee?

Currently, a flat rate applies but once the system is fully functional a user pay system will replace it so households could be charged according to how often their carts are tipped. Once that system is in place some people who have extra garbage may want to circumvent the extra tipping fees by finding some back road to dump their garbage. The district will then have another problem to contend with.

Trish Ficke,
Westbank

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Politician trashes landfill operation hours
Vernon Morning Star - By Richard Rolke - November 18, 2010

Operating hours at local landfills are a hot-button issue.

North Okanagan Regional District directors spent time Wednesday debating the Greater Vernon and Armstrong-Spallumcheen landfills, which are open from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

“People want to go early and 9:30 a.m. is too late,” said director Doug Dirk. “We need to be responding to them.”

Staff has indicated advertising will be increased to make the public aware of hours of operation so they aren’t arriving when the landfills are closed. However, Dirk doesn’t believe that should be the only action.

“Giving information is good but getting information from the public on what works best for them is also good,” he said.

In 2007, the two landfills went from being open on just Saturdays to both Saturdays and Sundays. The Saturday hours were adjusted and the total hours available on weekends went from eight to 12.

Staff are presently looking at maintaining the total number of hours but perhaps changing them so the landfills are open longer when demand is high and reducing hours when use is low.

“We’d like to be able to react more quickly to customer demand,” said Dale Danallanko, recycling and disposal facility co-ordinator.

Some board members fear the prospect of rotating hours during the course of a year could become confusing for residents.

“People get used to a certain time and when it changes, we get illegal dumping in the area,” said director Rick Fairbairn. “Keep the hours stable or increase the time the landfills are open.”

Director Mike Macnabb pointed out that hours of operation impacts staff time and that has budget implications for the regional district.

“We could provide the service 24/7 but we’d go broke,” he said. “We have to be careful not to increase the hours and not get the tonnage we expected.”

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Down in the dump
Vernon Morning Star - By Richard Rolke - November 09, 2010

North Okanagan Regional District staff recently made the case for increasing the minimum tipping fee at landfills. Part of the argument was a higher fee would cut down on the trips residents make to get rid of one or two bags of trash.

Apparently long lines of self-haulers — as us residents are called — are a frustrating prospect for commercial haulers.

But perhaps the regional district should consider the role it has played in the backlog at the weigh scales.

And I specifically point to a situation a few weeks ago when a friend asked me to haul some items to the Greater Vernon landfill. Now I didn’t check the hours in advance, but the last time I went to a dump on a Saturday, I am sure the gates cracked open at 8 a.m. So on this particular weekend, my friend and I arrived just after 8:30 a.m. to be greeted by a line of four cars. A sign proclaimed the weekend start time as being 9:30 a.m.

It didn’t make sense to head back home and then return in 45 minutes, so there we sat. And as we did so, the line of vehicles continued to grow, snaking its way down the hill. Some motorists were so frustrated they gave up their spots.

Eventually the magic hour of 9:30 a.m. arrived and no staff member appeared to wave the vehicles in. So the woman driving the first car in the line — she would have showed up some time before 8:30 a.m. - gave the gate a shove and a mass convoy to the scale began.

I am not sure how long it took for the backlog to clear, but it would have been considerable given that each vehicle had to be weighed going in, then had to wait for a dumpster to become free and then had to wait again to be weighed and pay for their load. If residents in their pickups were exhausted from this process, I’m sure commercial haulers were less than pleased.

I suspect financial implications have dictated the hours of operations on weekends, but does being open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. serve the public and encourage people to properly dispose of waste instead of finding alternatives like heading into the bush?

Being open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays doesn’t help most people any good because they work Monday to Friday. Saturday and Sundays are generally the only days available to make a run to the dump — and such trips can’t be avoided because some items can’t be recycled and stuffed into a blue bag.

And given that weekends are generally hectic with chores and family activities, it makes sense to get the dirtiest job out of the way first. That means wanting to head to the landfill early.

If the hours were extended on weekends, would that not space the traffic out and ease some of the pressure on commercial haulers and the one employee who has to handle both windows in the scale house? It would certainly eliminate the frustration that comes from sitting in front of the gates for an hour-and-a-half waiting to get rid of a load of trash.

Yes as taxpayers we have to realize that there is a cost to running public facilities, and landfills shouldn’t be treated any differently.

But the regional district should also be focused on public service and cracking the gates open mid-morning, when most of the world has been turning for hours, doesn’t fit the bill.

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Directors dump on landfill fee
Vernon Morning Star - By Richard Rolke - November 04, 2010

Higher fees for people disposing of residential garbage at local landfills has been trashed.

North Okanagan Regional District directors have shot down a staff proposal to increase the minimum tipping fee from $3 to $4 per tonne in January.

“The increase to self-haulers is unreasonable,” said director Will Hansma of people who don’t pay for garbage collection and get rid of garbage on their own.

The minimum fee to use the scales at landfills has been $3 a tonne since 2005, and was $7 before that.

“The fee was lowered originally five years ago to accommodate users of the rural transfer stations,” said Nicole Kohnert, regional engineering services manager, in a written report.

“The cost to use the scales and make a disposal facility available to each user that enters a recycling and disposal facility is substantially higher than $3 per person or load.”

Kohnert believes higher fees will also cut down on the number of trips residents make to landfills.

“If you have more self-haulers than can be handled on site, the big haulers get irritated,” she said, referring to long lines of vehicles at the scales.

However, Hansma said there are many residents in Spallumcheen who don’t have access to commercial garbage collection and they need to get rid of their trash.

Director Doug Dirk opposed the higher minimum tipping fee, saying it could lead to illegal dumping.

“If people are discouraged to self-haul, they may look for other options especially in rural areas,” he said.

While the minimum tipping fee isn’t going up, other fees at local landfills are increasing.

Starting in January, the fee for regular refuse will be increased from $75 to $85 per tonne. That money will go into the capital reserve, the landfill closure reserve and the solid waste management operating reserve.

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Mayor says his council opposed garbage spy cam
Kelowna Capital News - By Kathy Michaels - November 11, 2010

Doug Findlater doesn’t want to get into a political war of words, but the concept his community is getting a free ride on the backs of Kelowna taxpayers doesn’t resonate.

“This is where it gets hazy,” the West Kelowna mayor said, when asked if rejecting the option to chip in for the next phase of a regional district garbage removal program, indicated his city was getting subsidized by the City of Kelowna.

That issue was raised at the Kelowna city council meeting on Monday.

“The regional district (of the Central Okanagan) came to council and indicated there was a choice to levy this additional fee on our residents…but it was presented as a choice,” Findlater said.

It was during Kelowna’s turn to make that same choice that the issue came to the fore.

While voting unanimously to chip in the $1.50 to $1.70 per resident for the next stage of a video surveillance system that will help identify people who tuck their garbage into their recycling or yard waste bins, Kelowna city councillors questioned how West Kelowna could get off the hook from a program they helped implement years earlier.

Coun. Graeme James went so far as to say West Kelowna was being subsidized by Kelowna.

“When it came to us, the privacy issue with the spy cam was very big,” said Findater, pointing out that his council addressed the issue on a social level.

“There was some question about whether this would even work, or what would happen if carts were being moved onto streets and a neighbour planted something in a neighbours (bin)…that kind of petty stuff that we know happens.”

Concerns were also raised about whether the system was the first step toward a user pay method, and if that would be effective.

“We want the system to be easy to use, not more difficult,” he said.

That said, the regional district will be making a return to West Kelowna council chambers to further explain how the system works. If savings from the potential user pay system overrides social concerns that have been raised, the system may be implemented in West Kelowna.

As is, it’s the only city within the reach of the regional district using the curb-side pickup program that won’t have its waste monitored to ensure its being sorted properly.

For those who are taking part, there are concerns that could make way for West Kelowna citizens to abuse the system and contaminate the recycling or yard waste storage, which causes another cost for taxpayers.

If that concern persists, and West Kelowna is never sold on the concept of the workings of the new system, Findlater pointed out they have other directions they can move toward.

“This may move council down another path,” he said. “Should we look at a landfill in West Kelowna in the medium term…or start working on a kind of search and business plan.”

Findlater also pointed out that Westbank First Nation is not taking part in the program, and said it may be worth looking into how their garbage is collected and how that fits into the community at large.

“There are a number of options and the situation is quite fluid right now,” he said.

“We may be back into the program, stay the course, or look at our own route.”

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Kelowna Councillor not backing down
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 58179 - Nov 11, 2010

Nearly 48 hours after making his original remarks, Kelowna Councillor Graeme James is not backing down on his stance that West Kelowna needs to pony up and pay their fair share.

During a debate on an addition to the automated garbage cart program, James, when learning West Kelowna had opted out, didn't mince words.

"Frankly I am getting a little tired of subsidizing West Kelowna and I think we should look at that," James stated Monday.

He didn't back down from those comments Wednesday.

"They opted into this program and now they don't want to go the full distance with the cameras. The rest of the region has to cover those costs. It's our landfill and I don't think we should just allow that," stated James.

"If they don't like it, as far as I'm concerned, they can find another place to dump their garbage."

Council was told it costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to remove separate garbage from recyclables and clean up contaminated yard waste.

The new program would help to identify the offending households.

"I know (Regional Board Chair) Robert Hobson says it's a regional landfill but we own it, we operate it. It's not their landfill, it's ours. If they want to use it then they have to come up and pay their fair share just like everybody else."

James says this is just one of many examples of West Kelowna not paying its fair share.

"Through the regional district there is a land acquisition fund. They opted in and then halfway through the first year they wanted out. That put a little damper in our parks acquisition through the regional district."

He adds West Kelowna asked for, and was granted, a reduction in tipping fees at the landfill and says he is upset Kelowna taxpayers have to pay to house prisoners from West Kelowna at the downtown Kelowna RCMP Detachment.

"When they built their new police station, there were no cells in it. We have to cover the costs."

While the city does get reimbursed, James says the jail is getting old and wonders if Kelowna can afford to do it anymore.

West Kelowna Mayor, Doug Findlater, refused to be drawn into a war of words with the Kelowna councillor.

"I don't comment on second hand information and that's the only way I've heard it. Graeme hasn't said anything to me directly about it," says Findlater.

He says in no way does he feel West Kelowna is getting a free ride.

"As I've said the issue related to the cells is by mutual agreement, parks legacy that was again by mutual agreement."

As for the decision not to fund cameras and software pertaining to the automated cart program, Findlater says council made a decision based on the best information if had at the time.

"We were concerned about privacy. We were concerned whether this would even work and I think that is still a good question. The issue was raised about carts being moved around on streets and exchanged for various reasons."

Findlater adds his council is ready to deal with the prospect of higher fees for West Kelowna waste at the landfill.

"We have been told there may be implications for pricing in handling the West Kelowna waste stream. That's coming back to council and we'll have to look at that."

He says that will be a decision of council.

"I know they have financial problems over there covering everything," adds James.

"They are going from rural roads and are upgrading those, but that is what they opted for."

He likens it to a teenager moving out on their own for the first time.

"They want to move out of the house but they also want to bring their laundry back."

James says if West Kelowna wants to be part of a group, they have to cover their share.

"And, I don't think they are."

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West Kelowna council rejects garbage can spy tags
Kelowna Capital News - By Dave Preston - October 29, 2010

The District of West Kelowna has gone against the garbage grain by turning down a proposal to monitor residential waste collection.

The regional district, on behalf of the two electoral areas, and the Districts of Lake Country and Peachland voted in favour of expanding Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in the curbside waste collection system. The City of Kelowna has yet to decide what it will do.

West Kelowna council took more than an hour earlier this week before voting five to two to reject the optionto allow the regional district’s private waste hauler to monitor what goes inside curbside bins.

“Currently each waste collection cart includes an RFID ticket that is in the cart,” Peter Rotheisler, regional waste reduction supervisor, told council. “That sticker, each time a bin is tipped, can be read by an operational system.”

Rotheisler explained that the RFID tag stores a small amount of information and can be read on waste pickup days. Information that can be recorded includes who the cart belongs to, the address corresponding to the cart, the cart’s serial number and the type of waste associated with that cart.

A computer on board the collection truck would record the date and time a cart is emptied and any other information the driver wants to input onto a touch computer screen. Additional information could include that the cart was found in the middle of the street, was turned upside down or contained the wrong type of material for the cart.

“The tags are in place. The readers are in place,” said Rotheisler. “The onboard system and the software are not in place.”

Rotheisler has been going to each municipality in the Central Okanagan, looking for approval for an expanded RFID system, which would cost each household between $1.50 and $1.70 per year.

In total, the regional district needs to raise $450,000 to $500,000 to implement the upgraded RFID system.

The new system would allow for improvements to the current waste collection system, according to Rotheisler, including:

• Implementing a user pay system where residents are charged for waste collection based on what they set out at the curb;

• Monitoring how much work the contractor is doing, which would enable the regional district to justify increases or decreases in charges;

• Collecting data on how households manage their waste, including visits from staff to specific homes that put out a lot of garbage but little recycling;

• Ability to enforce the Solid Waste Management Bylaw by identifying banned materials that are put in collection carts.

Currently the regional district is receiving higher than expected revenues on recyclables, said Rotheisler. In the first half of 2010, $100,000 more was received for recyclables and Rotheisler said that translates to about $4 annually per household, which he said would offset the required increase for the new RFID system.

“There’s a certain big brotherliness to this,” said Coun. Bryden Winsby. He asked exactly how the new system would work and how it differs with what is done currently.

Rotheisler said the new system would see a 15 inch monitor put in collection trucks, which are already equipped with cameras. If a driver sees an infraction, he would press a button, which would record a photo of the cart’s contents and be associated with the date, time and other information collected.

As it stands today, if a driver sees the wrong material in a cart, he has to pull out a pen and paper and then try to figure out which house the cart came from. Rotheisler said that is nearly impossible in some instances, because carts are all put together in some areas for pick up.

“They can’t capture an image,” said Rotheisler, adding the driver has no hard evidence currently that an infraction has taken place.

Rotheisler said currently homeowners are being charged between $70,000 and $80,000 per year to sort garbage out of recyclables and several hundred thousand dollars per year to clean up contaminated yard waste.

“I don’t want to focus on the savings. I think they’re alleged at this point in time,” said Coun. Carol Zanon.

“I do feel a burning resentment about what we were told about these carts in the beginning,” Zanon said, adding she does not recall during the launch of the new curbside collection system anyone mentioning anything about an RFID system.

“I think this is a draconian invasion of privacy,” said Zanon.

Rotheisler responded that the RFID tags were seen as a way of keeping inventory of the carts. Coun. Rosalind Neis agreed with Zanon.

“I think this was the intent all along and it was never shared with municipalities and the public,” she said.”


“I’m concerned with regards to privacy,” said Mel Chapman, who appeared before council as a delegation. “I see it very clearly as coming down to creating a police state.”

“My message is educate, don’t dominate,” said Chapman.

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Recycle policing software request before Kelowna city council
Kelowna Capital News - By Kathy Michaels - November 06, 2010

Wasteful Okanaganites are already being viewed through cameras installed on garbage trucks, but in the next couple of months more technology may be in place to ensure you put your junk into the right trunk.

Kelowna city council will be tapped for an additional $1.50 to $1.70 per household per year to cover off the cost of garbage trucks’ on-board computers, software, data collecting and hosting services.

If the request goes through, it will augment garbage truck cameras and bin-tagging equipment installed last January, which went along with the recently implemented three-bin system, for garbage, recycling and yard waste.

“The completion will allow us to capture and save real time images of what happens when the carts are dumped,” said Peter Rotheisler, the Central Okanagan’s waste reduction manager.

Initially that will provide an opportunity for the the district to focus their efforts educating those who continually use their bins in the wrong manner, mixing recyclables with yard waste or garbage. In time the reach of the tool will expand.

“Now we can track every time a bin was (dumped) and whose bin it was. It will also allow us to see who is using what bin more frequently,” he said. “There are some who are using garbage every week and their recycling only once in awhile.”

When the system is going gangbusters, that means the pay structure for waste reduction services could be altered to the benefit of those who are waste conscientious.

“It will allow us to charge residents in a more equitable way,” he said, adding that part of the program will take some time roll out.

“Right now we need to collect some baseline data on how much usage is occurring and come up with a financial system to make sure all the costs are covered.”

A more pay-per-use system is in place in San Francisco, Rotheisler said and it’s helped reduce the waste put into nearby landfills, which is the ultimate goal.

While reducing waste is the aim of the program, Rotheisler admits its gained more attention for infringing on privacy than anything else.

“A lot of people think it’s great that we’re taking these steps, but others are worried about privacy,” he said.

“We’re looking at the garbage at a very crude level to identify what the products are made of, not the type of information that’s on them.”

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Garbage bins should be put out of sight between pick-ups
Kelowna Capital News - September 28, 2010

To the editor:

Since the introduction of the road-side bins for garbage, recycling and yard waste was introduced in Kelowna, residential streets are now looking more like grubby alleys than anything else.

Many residents took delivery of their new bins, and they have sat on the curb ever since.

Other jurisdictions have introduced bylaws with fines for residents who cannot be bothered to pull their cart into their yard, and hopefully out of sight.

Certainly we can avoid such a necessity if people would just show some respect for their neighbours and pride in their own living space by only putting the bins out on “garbage day.”

Jennifer Lamarre,
Kelowna

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Camera-equipped garbage trucks to crack down on bad recyclers in Okanagan
By Laura Baziuk, The Province September 15, 2010

Mike Bottomley of OK Environmental Waste Systems operates a video camera on his garbage truckMike Bottomley of OK Environmental Waste Systems operates a video camera on his garbage truck Photograph by: Chris Stanford, for The Province

Tossing a recyclable pizza box out with the trash will soon be a costly mistake for some Okanagan residents.

Mixing things like cardboard, batteries or electronics in with the garbage will net residents a warning from the city, a fine of up to $100 or even the cancelling of their curbside pickup, said Peter Rotheisler, manager of waste reduction at the Central Okanagan Regional District.

Camera-equipped garbage trucks will film what gets dumped and make sure people are recycling properly.

"It gives us the data necessary to know what's happening on the streets," said Rotheisler.

The new system will cost $80,000 to $100,000 to implement, said a district official.

Waste trucks in its five cities — Kelowna, West Kelowna, Peachland, Lake Country and the Regional Electoral Area — already have video cameras, Rotheisler said, so drivers can monitor what's getting scrapped in real time. In the new plan, the cameras will be able to record what's thrown out so city staff will have proof of bad behaviour.

Since the district introduced a three-bin system last year, providing garbage, recycling and yard waste bins for each household, waste contamination has become a big problem, he said.

The system has helped in keeping more material out of the landfill, he said, but it costs about $300,000 a year to pull out materials that are disposed of incorrectly.

It's the first system of its kind in the country that he knows of, though other cities in Canada and the U.S. are close behind.

Brock Macdonald, executive director of the Recycling Council of B.C., said improperly sorted recyclables eat up precious landfill space, and he applauded the district's enforcement plans.

"Folks are generally not motivated well to do the right thing," he said. "Once you know how to do this stuff, it's not that difficult."

In terms of privacy, garbage doesn't have any rights, said Michael Vonn, policy director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, but trash can reveal a lot about its owner.

"We would want to keep an eye on the uses of it," Vonn said of the district's program. "This is a slope, we're not sure how slippery it is."

Said Rotheisler: "We're not watching people ... We're looking for material types — paper, cardboard, garbage — in the wrong spot."

Both Kelowna and the Regional Electoral Area have already approved the new monitoring system, and garbage cameras could start rolling as soon as next year.

lbaziuk "at" theprovince.com

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We received this Waste/Environment Management Parcel Tax (number of users)
information through Freedom of Information Act from The Regional District of Central Okanagan June 1, 2010.

It shows how many parcels in Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West 2008 - 2010
plus Westside Electoral Area in previous years 2005 - 2007 before the Westside Road portion of the Westside Electoral area became Central Okanagan West and West Kelowna (aka Westbank).

Waste/Environment Management Parcel Tax in Central Okanagan West 2005 - 2010

In 2010 there were 3,137 parcels in Central Okanagan West.  Central Okanagan West is comprised of Trepanier located near the Okanagan Connector, Brent Road on the other side of Peachland, Westbank Indian Reserves #9 and #10, and North Westside Road.

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$36.00 per year for garbage disposal, how can that be?

Have you ever been to Armstrong's (NORD) landfill on Powerhouse Road?

A car trunk load of garbage cost $3.00 on July 23, 2010 after the cost rose in 2010.

For some reason it never fails that it always cost $3.00 no matter how much garbage... car trunk load or van load.

Anyone else notice that?

Regional District of North Okanagan Powerhouse Road Dump bill July 2010 after the increase in tipping fees.
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This bill was for about 8 bags of garbage.

$3.00 per month x 12 months = $36 per year!

 

North Okanagan Regional District in Armstrong BC on Powerhouse Road Landfill sign.

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Look at all the wasted lumber.
You would wonder why NORD does not advertise free lumber?
You would think it would be cheaper than filling up the dump.

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Here is a photo of the traffic light and the NORD landfill scale house and weigh scale.
You don't want to be a trucker at this scale.

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Behind this sign are huge garbage bins where the scale house tells you to use bin #1 and/or #2 or whatever.

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Are you sure you need two transfer stations? Meaning the Westside and Sugar Loaf Transfer stations?  If you go to town once or twice per month, why do you feel the need to pay for these two transfer stations when garbage disposal can be much cheaper?  And if you can afford count your blessing, it doesn't mean everyone can afford it.

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Garbage found September 26, 2010 between Shalal Road and Valley of the Sun just off Westside Road.

RDCO board meeting highlights
Castanet.net - by Contributed - Story: 55981 - Jul 27, 2010

Highlights of the July 26 board meeting of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan:

Curbside Collection Equipment Upgrade - The Regional Board has approved a proposed upgrade to the residential curbside wheeled cart collection system for the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas. The upgrade will provide computer software and equipment for collection trucks completing the Radio-Frequency Identification system. The system will automatically record detailed information such as when garbage, recycling and yard waste carts are emptied into collection trucks, whether illegal materials were deposited and a photo image of the offense. The cost for this upgrade ranges between $1.50 and $1.70 per household in each of the remaining six years of the collection contract. Each participating municipality will be asked to consider approving the program for its residential collection customers.

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Huge landfill increase stayed - for now
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 55700 - Jul 13, 2010

Kelowna residents have dodged a large increase in tipping fees at the Glenmore Landfill -- at least for now.

City Council Monday voted to defer a recommendation that would have seen tipping fees at the landfill jump more than 35 per cent from $55/tonne to $75/tonne.

The recommendation came forward after the North Okanagan Regional District recently raised its refuse disposal fee from $63/tonne to $75/tonne. It is anticipated those fees will rise to $90/tonne January, 2011.

"These two tip fee increases on top of a tip fee increase at their gate last year which surpasses our tip fee, can hasten waste import towards our facility," says Mark Watt.

"We don't want to lose any space we have through any waste import. The fees we're suggesting at our facility should be at $70 per tonne and we'd like to make this take affect in October to give the commercial sector an opportunity to react to the potential increase they have to pass on to some of their customers."

Watt says they don't want to penalize local residents by matching fees charged in the North Okanagan, but they want to discourage the import of waste from other landfills to ship waste our way.

Not all Councillors agreed with the rationale.

"I have a major problem with this. I don't think we should be adjusting fees based on what other communities are doing," says Councillor Andre Blanleil.

"I don't see at $75 and probably an hour for trucking fees that people will actually drive their garbage down to Kelowna. The cost of trucking could run $50, $60, $70 an hour. The difference in savings is not going to make it worthwhile."

Along with the increase in tipping fees, there would also be a $7 to $9 increase in 'solid waste reduction fee' charged to Kelowna residents in January of 2011.

Blanleil says that increase could have other ramifications, such as illegal dumping in the woods and a further proliferation of people dumping garbage into commercial waste bins.

Councillor Graeme James says, instead of raising fees for Kelowna residents, there should be a second fee for people using the landfill from out of area.

"I know some councillors feel it is a regional landfill. I don't. We operate it. We own it," says Councillor James.

"I don't see any problems with making money from that landfill. I think we have to look at higher tipping fees for people not from Kelowna and it would discourage people from the North Okanagan from bringing their waste here."

James says the city could use those additional monies in other areas.

"We can't subsidize West Kelowna, the Regional District of North Okanagan or wherever. We have to look after the citizens of Kelowna and I'm really not comfortable with some of these increases."

Councillor Robert Hobson says there are some alarming costs associated with the report, but, after listening to other comments, reminded councillors the landfill is indeed a regional landfill and not just a Kelowna landfill.

"The province has legislated that each regional district have a regional waste management plan, that plan is in place, so actually, Kelowna is the regional landfill. It's a fact of life," says Hobson.

"As far as subsidizing our partners, let's remember the landfill has always been a user pay facility and people pay based on our plan of the day no matter where the waste has been coming from. We haven't been subsidizing people who have brought stuff to the landfill. Wherever you came from you paid the same fee based on the cost of the landfill."

Hobson says all of those fees have contributed to the development and maintenance of the landfill.

Council agreed to defer voting on an increase until such time as it can hold a workshop on the topic.

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City trashes landfill fee
Vernon Morning Star - By Richard Rolke - July 10, 2010

A local municipality believes it is being unfairly dumped on over a new landfill fee.

Armstrong officials are asking that the North Okanagan Regional District defer a $5 per tonne closure reserve surcharge until 2011 because of the negative impact it’s having on the city’s finances.

“It’s made it tough to deal with it,” said Armstrong director John Trainor, adding that the city’s 2010 budget was determined before it received notice from the regional district on the new levy.

“We’re not going to go back to our taxpayers and say there’s a late item we have to pay for.”

The city pays a contractor directly for waste collection and it’s expected the contractor will now be billing more because of the $5 per tonne surcharge.

“Council was concerned around the lateness of advising municipalities of the solid waste management rate increases,” said Patti Ferguson, Armstrong’s chief administrative officer, in a letter to NORD.

“The City of Armstrong bills residents for their services at the same time the property tax notices are mailed out. The notices have been sent for 2010 and council has elected to not collect the increased fees from residents until 2011.”

NORD staff say that details about the surcharge were sent out to member jurisdictions in early May, and there is no way that collection of the fee can be stopped now.

“We started charging this as of July 1,” said Arnold Badke, general manager of engineering.

Will Hansma, Spallumcheen director, doesn’t believe any municipality should have been surprised by the regional district’s process.

“We first dealt with this back in February and there was ample opportunity for people to prepare their budgets,” he said.

The goal of the surcharge is to build up enough funds to cover the future costs of closing down local landfills.

Maybe the Regional District should have its bills out before the budget and not after?  What was the hold up?  Is Armstrong suppose to know what the North Okanagan Regional District is going to charge before they are billed?

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Garbage rates on rise
Vernon Morning Star - By Roger Knox - July 01, 2010

Increased tipping fees at the North Okanagan Regional District’s recycling and disposal facilities means it costs more to collect garbage in Vernon.

City council adopted a bylaw to increase rates for commercial and residential refuse and recycling collection.

Effective Monday, NORD, which operates local landfills, will increase tipping fees for garbage collection from $62 to $75 a tonne.

Vernon residential customers will see garbage collection go from $19.23 to $24.12 per quarter and recycling pickup go from $5.50 to $8.28 per quarter.

Commercial properties where dumpsters are not used will see one-day-a-week collection of garbage climb from $71.43 to $75 per quarter.

For more than one pickup a week, the cost will go from $160.97 to $169.02 per quarter for each additional pickup.

NORD has created a fund to establish reserves for the long-term closure of landfills and the acquisition of property for new facilities.

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NORD ready to introduce increased tipping fees
Vernon Morning Star - July 01, 2010

New recycling and disposal fees take effect Monday at all North Okanagan Regional District recycling and disposal facilities.

The new fees are designed to encourage separation and increase diversion of recyclable materials.

The most significant change is the establishment of a new category of waste known as “Regulated material.”

Regulated material includes items such as asphalt roofing, yard and garden waste, glass, scrap metal and wood. Customers disposing of mixed loads of refuse containing regulated material will be assessed a tipping fee of $145/tonne as there are separate locations at each site to deposit these materials.

“Regulated materials should not be buried at our sites, but should be placed in the appropriate locations for reuse or recycling.” said recycling and disposal facilities operations manager Dale Danallanko. “Customers can reduce the financial impact of the new fees by securing, sorting and separating loads. Landfill capacity is valuable and we still see customers disposing of cardboard, wood, and metal despite the fact that this material is easily diverted.”

The new fee structure aims to limit the amount of valuable resources being buried.

Customers will also notice an increase in the refuse disposal fee from $63/tonne to $75/tonne.  The minimum charge for refuse disposal will continue to be $3.

Part of the increase in the refuse tipping fee is a result of the NORD board of directors’ decision to enact a closure reserve surcharge. Five dollars per tonne of MSW disposed at all NORD recycling and disposal facilities will be set aside in a closure reserve fund.

Differential tipping fees are designed to encourage sorting and separation of divertible materials and to discourage the disposal of mixed loads.

“We have received feedback from our customers indicating that the disposal fee differential was not enough to justify the time it takes to sort, separate and rescale,” said Danallanko.

Also included in the new fees is a minimum charge of $20 for unsecured loads entering NORD facilities. Recycling and disposal facility customers need to adequately secure loads with a tarp or cargo net to minimize debris falling on highways and roadsides.

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BFI preferred hauler for Westside waste
Castanet.net - by Wayne Moore - Story: 55392 - Jun 27, 2010

BFI Canada appears to have won the bidding to haul waste from the new Westside Transfer Station to other Regional District disposal locations.

The RDCO board will approve the contract award Monday.

In a report prepared for the board, Waste Reduction Manager, Peter Rotheisler, says BFI Canada came in with the lowest bid of four companies who responded to an RFP.

Under terms of the bid, BFI will be paid $0.17 per metric tonne per kilometre to haul garbage to the Glenmore Landfill, $0.32/MT/KM to haul wood and yard waste to the Glenmore Landfill and $0.59/MT/KM to take yard waste to Bylands Nursery.

The contract is for three years with one renewal option for two years.

Rotheisler says prices will be adjusted according to changes to the Consumer Price Index.

"Even factoring in a 7.5% increase in years two and three of the contract, proposed costs are still less than the nearest competitor," says Rotheisler in his report.

The Westside Landfill is scheduled to close on July 16.

An RFP was sent out for waste loading, hauling and trailer maintenance for the new Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre.

Rotheisler says the object of the RFP was to ensure a cost effective and environmentally responsible solution for waste transfer was established prior to the closure of the Westside Landfill.

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New solid waste drop off opens in July
Castanet.net - by Contributed - Story: 55071 - Jun 10, 2010

Starting Friday, July 16th, Central Okanagan residents living on the westside of Okanagan Lake will have a new look drop off centre for solid waste open four days a week.

Regional District Communications Coordinator Bruce Smith says the drop off centre will be located at the site of the current landfill on Asquith Road, off Shannon Lake Road.

"Over the past few months we’ve made some improvements to the garbage and drywall disposal areas to provide larger bins, created more defined areas for yard waste and construction wood waste drop off and will be fencing the site of this temporary facility and paving some key access roads to reduce the impact of dust on adjacent neighbours," says Smith.

"In the months ahead we’ll continue to refine and landscape this area.”

Smith says that while the location of the new centre is the same, the operating days will be changing.

“Starting Friday, July 16th the Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre will be open four days a week, each Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday between 7:30 in the morning and 4:00 in the afternoon. At the recent Information Open Houses held in Peachland, West Kelowna and two communities in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area, the overwhelming majority of residents attending and filling out questionnaires were pleased that they would continue to have a convenient spot on the Westside to drop off excess residential garbage, yard and construction wood waste, white goods and metals. They felt the Friday through Monday service would meet their needs and the majority didn’t want to pay more in taxes for an additional day of operation.”

Access for dropping off recyclables and unwanted items for re-use by the Big Brothers/Big Sisters will continue to be available at the Asquith Road location, seven days a week.

“The temporary Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre was created because as we moved toward closing the Westside landfill, our research showed strong support from residents for continued access for the disposal of residential solid waste materials. Coinciding with the new days of operation for the Waste Disposal Centre, we’ll no longer bury garbage that’s dropped off in the landfill. Instead, it along with all the other materials collected will be transported off the site for processing. The garbage, yard waste and construction wood will be taken to the City of Kelowna Glenmore Landfill, which will be the only active landfill for the Central Okanagan.”

The Regional District’s consultant is finalizing the extensive details of a Final Closure Plan for the Westside Landfill. It’ll outline ongoing environmental monitoring and responsibilities for the next 25 years.

It’ll also detail capping, site topography, drainage and landscaping. Once received it’ll be presented to the Regional Board for consideration and then will be submitted to the Ministry of Environment for approval.

Those responding to the questionnaire available online and during the recent Open Houses were given an opportunity to suggest future uses for the closed landfill, given Ministry restrictions for building and development. Almost two-thirds supported consideration of developing a park on the landfill in the future.

The 2009 Westside Landfill Concept Closure Plan suggested that once the landfill was closed, it would be capped and covered with soil suitable for seeding with native grasses and other natural vegetation to blend in as much as possible with the natural surroundings and that it might be considered for future development as a passive community park. The initial 1993 Closure Plan also proposed consistent site uses such a waste transfer station and passive park.

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Blue Listed Birds of the Okanagan

LEWIS' WOODPECKER - Melanerpes lewis

DESCRIPTION: Length - 10 3/4"; Dark green head and back with red face patch and dark pink belly, with gray collar and breast.

NORTH AMERICAN RANGE: In Canada is only found in B.C. where it breeds in the southern interior; Breeds in the U.S. Northwest; Winters in California, Arizona and New Mexico. Global population may have declined by more than half in the last 40 years.

OKANAGAN STATUS: Special Concern. Loss of habitat resulting from deforestation is the primary reason for decline in numbers. Most prominent in the south Okanagan.

 

AMERICAN AVOCET - Recurvirostra americana

DESCRIPTION: Length - 18"; tall, elegant shorebird; white and black body; rusty head and neck; long, slightly upturned bill; long, slender, blue-grey legs.

NORTH AMERICAN RANGE: Breeds in southern Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and a few isolated pockets in B.C.; also breeds in western U.S.; winters along U.S. Gulf coast, California and in Mexico. Favorite habitats include prairie sloughs and alkiline-based ponds and lakes. Global population overall is quite healthy and stable.

OKANAGAN STATUS: Threatened; While the N.A. population is relatively stable, the number of breeding Avocets in the Okanagan has taken a large hit. Due to the expansion of the Kelowna landfill at Alki Lake, the number of Avocets returning to nest has been steadily declining. Other nesting sites in B.C.'s southern interior include the Kamloops, Creston and Cranbrook areas.

 

SHORT-EARED OWL - Asio flammeus

DESCRIPTION: Length 15 inches; Tawny owl with bold breast streaking, pale belly; short ear tufts often unnoticable; roosts on fence posts or on the ground in daylight.

NORTH AMERICAN RANGE: Breeds in Northern Canadian territories and Alaska, Quebec, Maritimes, S. Ontario, southern Prairies, B.C. Interior; Winters in continental U.S.; Year-round in N.W. U.S., southern Prairies and B.C. Southern Interior.

OKANAGAN STATUS: Special Concern - loss of grassland habitat has led to a decline in numbers of the Short-eared Owl.

 

Red Listed Birds of the Okanagan

BURROWING OWL - Athene cunicularia

DESCRIPTION: Length 9 1/2", long legs, adult brown, with bold barring and spotting, calls include soft coo-cooo.

NORTH AMERICAN RANGE: Breeds in U.S. from Great Plains states westward; also breeds in S.E. Alberta, S.W. Saskatchewan, and pockets along southern Sask., Manitoba border; also found in Mexico.

OKANAGAN STATUS: Virtually extripated. Burrowing Owls used to be found nesting in the south Okanagan. Today, there are few to none of these birds remaining in the valley. However, breeding programs in nearby Kamloops and efforts to establish national parks in both the south and north Okanagan are steps to hopefully re-introducing Burrowing Owls to the B.C. southern interior, in the future.

http://www.lakecountryenv.org/animal.php

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DWK authorizes transfer station tax levy
Castanet.net - by Contributed - Story: 54526 - May 13, 2010

West Kelowna residential property owners will see a new parcel tax levy of $25.98 on their 2010 Property Tax Notice for a new Transfer Station being installed at the Westside Landfill on Asquith Road.

The Landfill on Asquith Road, operated by the Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO), is reaching capacity and is being converted to a landfill transfer station later in the year which will enable West Kelowna residential property owners to bring household and yard waste to the Westside Landfill.

RDCO will transfer this waste to the Kelowna Landfill in Glenmore. This service is also being provided for District of Peachland, Westbank First Nation and RDCO Westside Electoral Area residents.

RDCO has billed the District of West Kelowna $322,031 for this service in 2010 which amounts to an annual charge of $25.98 per residential household.

West Kelowna residents will see this charge on their 2010 Tax Notices which will be in the mail at the end of this month.

The Transfer Station Parcel Tax Bylaw 110 can be viewed on the District’s website at www.districtofwestkelowna.ca. Residents with questions about the parcel tax can contact the District’s Tax Department at 778-797-8860 or email to taxes "at" www.districtofwestkelowna.ca.

Questions about the Transfer Station can be directed to RDCO’s Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250, email: recycle "at" cord.bc.ca, website: www.regionaldistrict.com.

All Property owners with the new parcel tax are included on the District’s Parcel Tax Roll and can request an amendment to the roll by applying in writing to the District on or before close of business Friday, May 21 at:

2760 Cameron Road
West Kelowna, BC
V1Z 2T6

The Parcel Tax Review Panel will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25 at the municipal hall to hear any concerns, make corrections to and authenticate the Roll.

Castanet.net Photo shows banned materials

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April 1, 2010

To Regional District of Central Okanagan Chair Robert Hobson

I find it totally unacceptable that I will be subsidizing the Traders Cove transfer station at $48 per year, and that there is an INCREASE in garbage disposal fees of $127 per year this year.

In the minutes of the meetings it says Traders Cove would want to use Sugar Loaf if the fees were not the same for both Traders and Sugar Loaf, but I disagree. If there was a reason Traders would want to use Sugar Loaf, the Regional District has the power to do anything it wants about where people take their garbage. In my eyes this is NOT an excuse for me to be subsidizing Traders Cove.

I don’t find it acceptable at all that my garbage disposal bill would double or triple, but would find it acceptable if the cost increased in relation to inflation. I would like it clarified just how the Regional District feels this increase is acceptable?

I would like clarification as to why the old garbage dump at Sugar Loaf cannot be reopened? As I understand the Sugar Loaf garbage dump only closed due to bears. Is that true, or were there other reasons? What were other reasons, if any?

North Westsider

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Letter dated April 23, 2010 from RDCO explaining why garbage fees increased, only contradicts the Kelowna Capital News article immediately below titled "Break given on garbage collection fees"


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Break given on garbage collection fees
Kelowna Capital News - April 30, 2010

After the doubling of household waste collection fees last year, West Kelowna residents are getting a break this year.

Council approved a $214.20 annual fee for solid waste collection in 2010, compared to total charges in 2009 which amounted to $235.

The $20.80 reduction can be attributed to the elimination of a one-time $9.75 cart rollout fee, a drop in the solid waste collection charge from $15.18 to $11.52 and a reduction in the recycling levy from $32.08 last year to $24.68 this year.

With some recyclables making more money on the commodities market a return is expected on some products to offset the costs of running the recycling program in the Central Okanagan, which West Kelowna participates in.

The regional district, which administers the recycling program, is passing the break onto consumers.

The remainder of the waste collection bill consists of several charges that remain unchanged.

Maybe if North Westside Road didn't have to pay for 3 transfer stations, maybe they could afford just one!

Who is doing the subsidizing in this scenario do you think?

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Transfer Station - Council established a Parcel Tax of $25.98 on the temporary transfer station to be located at the Westside Landfill. The Parcel Tax will apply to West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, Peachland and Regional District of Central Okanagan residential properties that benefit from the station.

Solid Waste, Recyclable Material and Yard Waste Fee - Council revised its Fees and Charges Amendment Bylaw to reflect changes in the Solid Waste Management and Recycling fee from the Regional District of Central Okanagan. The user fee charge has been reduced to $11.51. With the Automated Waste collection roll out complete, costs have been reduced. The bylaw revisions also reflect a new charge for residents wishing to upgrade yard waste bins from 240L to 360L. The upgrade in the size of the cart is free but a $10 annual fee is attached for the additional waste pickup

Source Castanet.net May 3, 2010

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Trash piles rile resident
Vernon Morning Star - By Brent Mutis - April 24, 2010

Rob Rossignol says people have been piling trash behind the bank of mail boxes that serve his neighbourhood since late last year and he’d like it to stop but no one has caught any offenders in the act.  brent mutis/morning star Photo

Rob Rossignol is tired of taking out the trash and it’s not that he’s sick of his household chores.

Someone has been leaving their garbage in bags and boxes behind the bank of mailboxes that serve his neighbourhood since late last year. He’s been hauling it out periodically so it gets taken away on garbage day.

“We have a nice community here,” said Rossignol. “We don’t need trash like that.

“I don’t know why they do it but I wish they would stop.”

The mailboxes are in front of an empty lot on the frontage road near The Flower Spot nursery off 25th Avenue.

Rossignol says even when he does clear the trash out, more has been dropped off there two or three days later.

“Sometimes there’s four or five bags back there,” said Rossignol, who moved to Vernon from Saskatchewan in 1996. “Warm weather is coming and it’ll attract animals and bugs.”

Rossignol has contacted the RCMP and the City of Vernon about the problem but nothing can be done unless someone witnesses the culprits.

There used to be a bin near the site for people to leave refuse from old electronic appliances which was to raise money for a local charity.

It was taken away because people were putting household trash in it and since it’s been gone, the garbage is now going behind the mailboxes.

Dumping litter in a public place carries a fine of $2,000.

“I’d like (the offenders) to quit it or get caught,” said Rossignol. “If they got fined, they wouldn’t do it anymore.”

It seems the litter is being left at strategic times when it’s less likely to be witnessed, said Rossignol.

“I figure they’re doing it late at night,” he said.

There are about 60 homes served by the mailboxes but Rossignol believes it isn’t anyone on his street because his neighbours are just as upset as he is.

“They’re disgusted,” he said, adding a message to whomever has been doing this.

“There’s dumpsters around town, take it there.”

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Westside landfill closure comes with new costs
Kelowna Capital News - By Jason Luciw - April 16, 2010

Taxpayers will be paying more for waste disposal on the Westside, while fewer days of service will be offered to those residents needing to haul away excess household waste.

The Westside landfill is slated to close in June or July and the Central Okanagan Regional District will set up a waste transfer centre in its place for those residents looking to dispose of garbage that is too big to be hauled off through the weekly curbside collection system.

The creation of the transfer station will save Westside residents from clogging Kelowna streets and spewing carbon emissions en route to the Glenmore landfill in Kelowna, the only remaining dump in the region.

To cover the costs of the new transfer centre, the regional district will charge a $26 transfer tax to all Westside homeowners.

Regional district spokesman Bruce Smith said the parcel tax is necessary because the regional district will lose revenue and take on new expenses after the landfill closes.

“The only funding source for that centre is tipping fees. However, there’s no way the tipping fees can sustain the operation,” said Smith.

“That’s because there are no longer any commercial loads and therefore none of the commercial revenue that had previously been available to cover costs of the operation of the landfill or the new (transfer) centre. All that revenue has gone to Glenmore.”

In addition to the loss in commercial revenue, the regional district must also now pay to transport large bins of waste over to Glenmore.

Smith mentioned that the parcel tax could be adjusted up or down next year, depending on how well the transfer station is used.

“Once we have a full year’s worth of indication of actual use and revenue from the new centre that tax could be adjusted down or conversely up if the costs weren’t being covered. But if a surplus exists at the end of the year, it would be our intention to reduce the parcel tax.”

In addition to the parcel tax, residents taking household waste to the Westside transfer station will be charged a $6 tipping fee for loads under 250 kilograms. Yard waste and recycling loads can be dropped off for free.

The on-site disposal fee at the transfer station is prorated and is designed to cover the costs that the City of Kelowna will charge the large trucks hauling bulk waste over to the Glenmore landfill. The trucks will be charged $55 per tonne.

In addition to the increased costs, the transfer station will be open only four days per week, unlike the current landfill, which can be accessed seven days per week.

Smith said the Westside transfer station would be open Friday through Monday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

But if residents want it open more days per week, they will be welcome to make that recommendation to the regional district.

“There’s a cost of about $40,000 per year to open another day per week,” he said.

The regional district will hold an open house on the closure of the Westside landfill and the opening of the new transfer station. The input and information session is being held at the Mount Boucherie community portable, April 20 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

jluciw "at" kelownacapnews.com

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Landfill talk…
Kelowna Capital News - April 16, 2010

Regional waste reduction supervisor Peter Rotheisler talks with Tallus Ridge developer Kelsey Ramsden during an open house about the closure of the Westside landfill. The closure is planned for the summer and CORD plans to operate a transfer station at the site four days per week. Another open house is slated for April 20 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Mount Boucherie Community Centre.

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As seen on CHBC TV 5:30pm News April 15, 2010

GARBAGE POLICE

The Central Okanagan Regional District are checking yard waste automated garbage carts for illegal materials such as furniture pieces, plastic, shoes, broken toilet chunks, dog poop, bones with meat on them, toasters, etc. that is put in the automated yard waste cart.  They are actually going around and putting OOps stickers on the carts and leaving the carts lid open that have contaminated materials in them.  The drivers will not to collect from these carts until the illegal materials are removed.  The Regional District have sorters sorting the illegal material out of the yard and garden waste before its composted because people are so bad at keeping the contaminates out of the yard and garden waste.

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Cart Inspectors Combat Cart Contamination

A team of garbage inspectors will soon be hitting the streets looking inside yard waste and recycling carts checking for contaminants- and tagging carts with contamination to make sure they’re not picked up. It’s the latest effort by the Regional Waste Reduction Office to help stem a contamination problem that’s costing taxpayers big bucks.

“It’s costing everyone a big chunk of money to sort through the yard waste and recyclables to get the garbage out,” says Regional Waste Reduction Manager Peter Rotheisler. ”At the recycling sorting facility, the monthly charge to remove non-recyclables from the material picked up at the curb can hit $10,000. And removing contaminants from yard waste collected at the curb and delivered to the Glenmore landfill is now costing the region approximately $20,000 per month. These expenses are really unnecessary if residents paid closer attention to what they’re putting into their curbside yard waste and recycling containers.”

Rotheisler adds the contaminants showing up in the yard waste stream are things like, but not limited to plastic bags, cardboard, scrap metal and garbage. “All these items have to be removed by hand because the yard waste is used to make Glenmore Grow, a composting material sold at the landfill. It doesn’t take much contamination to really ruin the final product.”

As for contaminants in the recycling stream, Rotheisler says that’s just about anything, including garbage, glass, yard waste and even bags of dirty diapers, items that are obviously not considered recycling.

Rotheisler says those people who continue to contaminate their yard waste and recyclables could eventually have their collection service suspended-until they can prove they can use the system properly.

For more information visit the Automated Cart System, or Recycling and Yard Waste Collection webpages or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office, at 250.469.6250.

(April 14, 2010) Regional District of Central Okanagan (What's New)

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This is a photo of Valley of the sun viewpoint.  A garbage bin could go here at Valley of the Sun viewpoint near these hydro poles right alongside Westside Road BC, that way the bin wouldn't be in the subdivision but very close and just across Westside Road farther away from the bus stop and mailboxes.  There is hydro right there for a cardlock too.  Not sure who's land this is though?

Maybe a garbage bin could go near the new well site at Fintry Delta or at the boat launch or near the picnic tables and beach or, or ... there has to be somewhere!

It would be nice to be able to dump appliances, mattresses, and things at Sugar Loaf transfer station, rather than have to drive them to Westside Landfill on Asquith Road in West Kelowna.  Apparently after the Westside Landfill closes as a landfill this year, it will become a transfer station where Westsider's can take their appliances, etc.  TV's have to go elsewhere for recycling.  So if Westside Landfill transfer station will collect appliances etc, why can't the Sugar Loaf transfer station collect appliances if we remove the large bins from the site and have smaller bins nearer each subdivision?

These are a box spring and mattress set that sat beside Westside Road alongside the fence at Evely Forest Campsite
over the entire winter 2009.  And I doubt they fell off a truck!  That far mattress is a long way from Westside Road and I doubt a mattress would have flown or even bounced that far especially over the fence.  It looks like someone most likely threw it there.

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Don't forget there is still another meeting

Thursday, April 22nd – 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm – Wilson Landing Fire Hall – 2396 Westside Road
(Information also available on other Environmental Services projects)

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April 14, 2010 meeting at Killiney Beach Hall for North Westside Road

RESULTS OF THE MEETING AT KILLINEY HALL APRIL 14, 2010 IN REGARDS TO WASTE MANAGEMENT

Waste Reduction Manager Peter Rotheisler confirmed at this meeting that Westside Road Sugar Loaf Transfer Station users and Traders Cove transfer station users will be paying $167 per year utility bill, plus the $50 some odd dollars on their property taxes for garbage disposal.

If you wish you can contact Waste Reduction Manager Peter Rotheisler, here is his email address.  He is not a bad guy to talk to unlike the past Managers, as we found out so far.  What happens over the long term remains to be seen.  He is willing to listen and investigate other options he told us.  One option being compacting the garbage and reducing the number of trips the truck has to haul the garbage between Sugar Loaf and the Glenmore Landfill.  He also said that other cities are using card lock systems and that we could look at that option as well.  He said he would look at the option of having bins nearer to subdivisions maybe with a cardlock or something. He said he agrees that the waste does not need to be monitored and that the cost of monitoring the waste is a large part of the cost. We asked about reopening the old landfill above Sugar Loaf transfer station and he said that landfills are very expensive because they need to install a liner to catch any leachate as well as when the landfill eventually closes, they have to monitor the gases and environmental impact after closure for 20 years.

After the meeting we sent Peter Rotheisler links to the crown land contract for Sugar Loaf regarding leasing cost of $1.00 per year saying if we need more land that land is cheap, a link to the contracts to manage and haul garbage at Sugar Loaf transfer station, photos of the garbage and other links you can find on this website, and so that Peter is well informed of what has been done in the past before he started working for RDCO as Waste Reduction Manager in 2009 maybe it was?  Peter has not been working as Waste Reduction Manager at RDCO very long.

We sent Peter this link of the mattresses laying on the side of the road all winter 2009 plus photos of the garbage sitting in front of the locked gate to the transfer station.

We sent him photos of a bin system that was in use at La Casa and as well as Fintry Provincial Parks garbage bin system and the bin system at the coast.  These bins at La Casa were moved across the road now, and there are more than just two bins there now as well.  The current bins do not have a fence around them anymore either.

Coast recycling bins

Coast garbage bins

Coast truck to haul the garbage

This is where a garbage bin could be placed for Valley of the Sun which is the pullout at the top of the hill at Valley of the Sun.  There is hydro there ... also look at that spot of garbage in the bottom photo at this same Valley of the Sun location.  This pullout could use a garbage can.

We sent Peter this link showing the number of users at Sugar Loaf transfer station over the years., the revenue and expenses over the years looking at it this way.

Sugar Loaf Revenue  (number of properties contributing to Sugar Loaf according to RDCO in the past)
2002 = 626 properties x $40 utility bill + $??? property tax = $
2003 = 632 properties x $40 utility bill + $??? property tax = $
2004 = 642 properties x $40 utility bill + $39.67 property tax = $51,148
2005 = 655 properties x $40 utility bill + $39.11 property tax = $51,817
2006 = 707 properties x $40 utility bill + $38.56 property tax = $55,542
2007 = 737 properties x $40 utility bill + $41.43 property tax = $60,014
2008 = 761 properties x $40 utility bill + $51.95 property tax = $69,974
2009 = 784 properties x $40 utility bill + $51.95 property tax = $72,089

These are the charges on the rural property tax bill from 2004 - 2009
2004 $39.67
2005 $39.11
2006 $38.56
2007 $41.43
2008 $51.95
2009 $51.95

These are actual charges for the hauling fees at Sugar Loaf transfer station
2002 $14,270
2003 $15,540
2004 $17,574
2005 $25,698
2006 $23,352
2007 $28,857
2008 $36,669

Total expenses at Sugar Loaf for each year were:
2002  $30,836
2003  $31,968
2004  $43,691
2005  $42,411
2006  $38,479
2007  $55,014 diff of $16,535 from year before
2008  $68,285 diff of $13,271 from year before

One link we sent Peter was to investigate how we might be able to produce a plastic beam or log with garbage and make money from our garbage instead of it costing us money, as there is a company called Ark Recycling in Ireland claiming to have a system that they can produce a plastic lumber, log or beam with pure unadulterated garbage.  Here is the link if you wish to read about it.

Plastic Lumber

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Sugar Loaf users will be subsidizing Traders Cove transfer station

2. Electoral area residents will pay the same user fee and parcel tax for basic waste management related services whether they are on curbside collection or transfer station service.

3. Due to the $48 difference in projected user fees between transfer stations, fees were going to have to be blended to prevent residents from the Traders Cove transfer station (more expensive) changing to the NOWESI Transfer Station (less expensive), which would have further increased the difference in cost.

March 11, 2010 Regional Board Agenda
Item 3.1 Solid Waste Management Regulation Amendment Bylaw.pdf

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TRANSFER STATION FEES INCREASING FROM $40 PER YEAR TO $167.06

March 24, 2010 this poster was put up on the local bulletin boards at the North Westside Road
subdivisions by the North Westside Road Ratepayers Association.

Sugar Loaf Transfer Station fees set to increase $127.06 in Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) 2010 budget
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North Westside garbage fees draw criticism
Vernon Morning Star - By Richard Rolke - April 01, 2010

Higher fees for disposing of trash are being dumped on in the North Westside Road area.

The Central Okanagan Regional District has approved its 2010 budget, including increasing user fees for the waste transfer station from $40 to $167 a year.

“That’s a 317 per cent increase. That’s pretty exorbitant,” said Allastair Fergusson, North Westside Ratepayers Association vice-president.

“I understand times are tough and (recycling commodity) prices are down, but we shouldn’t be hit with all of this at once.”

CORD has previously indicated the increase is a result of higher costs for labour, hauling, equipment rental and tipping fees at the Kelowna landfill, where the transfer station waste is taken.

Jim Edgson, North Westside director, also believes the substantial hike is a result of small, annual adjustments not occurring since 2002.

“We’ve been paying way less than we should for seven years,” he said.

“That $40 did not represent reality. We would be paying significantly more if we were in an urban setting.”

Edgson says he will be attempting to keep costs down and is investigating incremental increases on an annual basis to avoid large hikes in the future.

While some residents may consider illegally dumping their trash in the woods to avoid the $167, they will be paying the fee whether they use the transfer station or not.

“They put it on your taxes if you don’t pay. It’s really not a user fee. You can’t opt out,” said Fergusson.

In terms of CORD’s overall 2010 budget, a home assessed at $440,000 in the North Westside area will see its taxes rise by about $52.48.

That reflects increased contributions for electoral area planning, building inspection, fire prevention and Okanagan Regional Library.

“The regional district financial plan is sensitive to the continued concern about the economic recovery,” said chairman Robert Hobson in a release.

“In that regard, we’ve agreed to hold the line on requisitions for funding park legacy reserves, keeping them at last year’s level which is half the previously agreed upon rate.”

Fergusson claims his property taxes have tripled over nine years.

“And we have no more services now than we did then,” he said.

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Future of landfill topic of open houses
Castanet.net - by Contributed - Story: 53241 - Mar 13, 2010

Residents living on the westside of Okanagan Lake will have several opportunities to learn more about the future plans for services at the Westside Landfill.

Communications Coordinator Bruce Smith says five public information open houses are planned during April to bring residents up to date as the Regional District progresses on developing a temporary convenience solid waste disposal and recycling centre at the site along Asquith Road.

"The landfill’s active life is nearing an end and we plan to stop burying garbage by mid-year. At that point we’ll continue to offer an outdoor, residential drop-off for self-hauled garbage, recycling, yard waste, wood waste and appliances and will be open four days each week, which reflects customer use for disposal service," says Smith.

He says instead of burying the garbage in the landfill, once it’s closed they will be transporting garbage and yard waste for disposal at the Glenmore Landfill which will be the only active landfill in the Central Okanagan.

The sessions will also update residents on the costs associated with operating the temporary Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre for the convenience of people living in West Kelowna, Peachland, Central Okanagan West Electoral Area and Westbank First Nation reserves.

"As well, those attending will learn about what the landfill will look like when it is closed and the Regional District’s ongoing responsibilities for environmental monitoring. They’ll also have the opportunity to make suggestions about possible future uses for the landfill site and provide feedback on options for the Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre operations."

Information Open Houses are scheduled for:

•Monday, April 12 in Peachland at the Peachland Recreation Centre, 4450 6th Street – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

•Tuesday, April 13 in West Kelowna at the Westbank Lions Hall, 2466 Main Street – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. (a second meeting date and location will be scheduled and advertised)

•Wednesday, April 14 at Killiney Beach Community Hall, 514 Udell Road – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

•Thursday, April 22 at Wilson Landing Fire Hall, 2396 Westside Road – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

“Those attending the open houses will have the opportunity to fill out a questionnaire and enter a draw to win a free backyard composter. Reports and information regarding the meetings will also be available on the Westside Landfill Closure page of the Regional District website.”

Once this pre-closure phase is complete, a final closure plan must approved by the Ministry of Environment.

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Kelowna won’t dump higher landfill fees on DWK
Kelowna Capital News - By Jason Luciw - March 05, 2010

A break on landfill tipping fees has been extended to West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation and Peachland residents, courtesy of the City of Kelowna.

The move ensures rates for self-hauled household garbage won’t increase on the Westside this year when the Westside landfill closes.

Currently all self-hauled waste collected at the landfill is charged $28.70 per tonne or $6 per load for loads less than 250 kilograms. It’s the same rate charged to Kelowna residents who need to take their garbage to the city’s Glenmore landfill.

Kelowna council voted this week to keep all rates the same.

But council could have indirectly doubled the rates on Westside residents this year.

The fee increases were being considered because the Westside landfill must close later this year.

When that happens a transfer station will open at the Asquith Road site and from there garbage will be shipped in bulk to the Glenmore landfill.

The City of Kelowna had considered charging the bulk deliveries from the Westside a fee of $55 per tonne as they entered the Glenmore dump.

In turn, that rate would have been passed on to residents using the transfer station, doubling the self-haul rate to $12.

When the Central Okanagan Regional District, which will operate the transfer station, caught wind of the increase, it asked the city to reconsider its decision.

Regional district waste reduction supervisor Peter Rotheisler told Kelowna that it simply didn’t make sense to impose a higher rate on the Westside landfill because Peachland, West Kelowna and Westbank First Nation residents would simply drive through the city to take advantage of the $6 rate in Kelowna.

“The (Westside) transfer station benefits the city in numerous ways, but primarily it reduces the amount of traffic travelling through the city, assuming (Westsiders) would come through Kelowna to get to the Glenmore landfill if there wasn’t a Westside transfer station.”

Rotheisler also pointed out that the Glenmore landfill is not set up to take a large influx of new traffic, which was one of the reasons behind setting up a Westside transfer station to begin with.

“So, why would (Kelowna) charge us for doing them a favour and bringing in one load and reducing the impact on their streets?” asked Rotheisler.

“We want to keep things as equal as possible so we don’t encourage people to go outside of the region to drop off garbage.”

The other possible outcome of higher self-haul user fees could have been illegal dumping, said Rotheisler.

“We want to prevent that too.”

jluciw "at"kelownacapnews.com

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Westside Road Residents Information Meetings

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is holding two information meetings that will be of interest to residents living along Westside Road in areas from Trader’s Cove to Westshore Estates.

Staff from the Environmental Services section will be on hand to provide information and updates regarding rates and several projects including water systems and solid waste management.

The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Killiney Beach Community Hall (514 Udell Road). Information will be provided on the following topics:

Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road water system
A petition process regarding the Fintry Utility water system;
Planned improvements and upgrades to the Killiney Beach and Westshore water systems;
Utility billing rate increases for Solid Waste Management and Recycling programs at the Sugar Loaf Transfer Station;
Westside Landfill Closure and temporary residential convenience solid waste transfer and recycling facility.

The second meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 22nd from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Wilson Landing Fire Hall (2396 Westside Road). At this meeting residents will learn more from the Regional Waste Reduction Office about:

Utility billing rates for Solid Waste management and Recycling programs at the Trader’s Cove Transfer Station;
Westside Landfill Closure and temporary residential convenience solid waste transfer and recycling facility.
Information from each meeting will be made available after each meeting on the Regional District website.

(February 12, 2010)

Source http://www.regionaldistrict.com/whatsnew.aspx

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BRITISH COLUMBIA PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL
Notes of conference call meeting held October 31, 2007
Hosted by UBCM

RDCO letter re:

raising deposits on beverage containers.

Carol is writing a letter to Jen for year end regarding raising minimum deposit for beverage containers.

http://www.bcproductstewardship.org/assets/pdfs/meetingminutes/071031_BCPSC_Minutes.pdf

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BRITISH COLUMBIA PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL
Notes of meeting held at RCBC Conference on June 25th 2008

http://www.bcproductstewardship.org/assets/pdfs/meetingminutes/080625_BCPSC_Minutes.pdf

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NEW!  Dec 2009 Both La Casa and Traders Cove are being offered automatic curbside collection carts for solid waste collection.

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Guidelines for Establishing Transfer Stations for Municipal Solid Waste
*It says we don't need to pay for a full time attendant, but pay to attend to the transfer station at least once per week, and residents can be issued keys*
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/mpp/gfetsfms.html

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April 14, 2010 meeting at Killiney Beach Hall

Westside Road Residents Information Meetings

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is holding two information meetings that will be of interest to residents living along Westside Road in areas from Trader’s Cove to Westshore Estates.

Staff from the Environmental Services section will be on hand to provide information and updates regarding rates and several projects including water systems and solid waste management.

The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 14th from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Killiney Beach Community Hall (514 Udell Road). Information will be provided on the following topics:

Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun/Shalal Road water system
A petition process regarding the Fintry Utility water system;
Planned improvements and upgrades to the Killiney Beach and Westshore water systems;
Utility billing rate increases for Solid Waste Management and Recycling programs at the Sugar Loaf Transfer Station;
Westside Landfill Closure and temporary residential convenience solid waste transfer and recycling facility.

The second meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 22nd from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Wilson Landing Fire Hall (2396 Westside Road). At this meeting residents will learn more from the Regional Waste Reduction Office about:

Utility billing rates for Solid Waste management and Recycling programs at the Trader’s Cove Transfer Station;
Westside Landfill Closure and temporary residential convenience solid waste transfer and recycling facility.
Information from each meeting will be made available after each meeting on the Regional District website.

(February 12, 2010)

Source http://www.regionaldistrict.com/whatsnew.aspx

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Transfer station to go on landfill site
Kelowna Capital News - By Jason Luciw - January 15, 2010

West Kelowna has failed in its attempt to move a future transfer station off the Central Okanagan Regional District’s Westside landfill site on Asquith Road.

Municipal staff confirmed for council this week what regional district staff had already said last month—there is no other location for a transfer station at this time.

So, West Kelowna council voted Tuesday afternoon to accept the regional district’s assessment and build an open-air transfer station at the existing site at a cost of $550,000. Annual operating fees would total $925,000.

Council would not consider building a proposed $2.8 million enclosed facility, however, saying it still hoped the transfer station could be moved to a different location at some time in the future.

Mayor Doug Findlater commented this week that the regional board should never have given permission for neighbourhoods to be built around the landfill. Since adjacent subdivisions were permitted, the area is no longer well suited for waste collection operations of any kind.

“It really is, at this point, an inappropriate site for both a landfill and a transfer station and people have put up with a lot of stuff,” said Findlater. “It’s going to be there for some time but we’d like to get it out of there in the long term.”

Council also voted 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon to increase tipping fees to $75 per tonne or between $8 and $9 per load of residential garbage under 250 kilograms and to charge a parcel tax of $22 to all residents living in West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, Peachland and the Central Okanagan West rural area.

Council debated for more than a half-hour whether the costs of operating the transfer station should be borne by higher user fees or subsidized more through parcel taxation.

In the end however, the debate seemed moot because on Thursday afternoon, when the Kelowna-led regional board discussed the matter, it shot down those costs for now.

Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd said user fees and parcel taxes should be discussed as part of upcoming regional district budget deliberations.

Operation of the Westside facility has also been a bone of contention for West Kelowna and council voted Tuesday to have its staff enter into negotiations with regional district staff to place the transfer station in municipal hands.

However, Shepherd felt the board should be doing due diligence first and investigating all possible options for the facility’s operations, not just one alternative.

“There’s more than just West Kelowna or the regional district involved in the service. We should just direct staff to work with all the service providers. You guys sort it out and report back to us whatever the outcome of that,” she stated.

Other partners in the service are Peachland and Westbank First Nation.

Findlater did note however that the regional district asked West Kelowna to take on the landfill and transfer station more than a year ago, but the municipality was still in transition from rural status and didn’t have qualified engineering staff at the time.

“I came under quite a bit of pressure on that, but we just couldn’t do it.”

As for the location, Peachland Mayor Keith Fielding felt the Westside landfill site should be identified as the permanent location for the transfer station.

Findlater responded abruptly.

“We’ll fight it all the way.”

The entire board was finally able to reach consensus on the transfer station with all parties agreeing to explore all future management options, continue to look for alternate sites and to defer operational costs to budget deliberations.

The transfer station will accept recycling, yard waste and residential self-haul waste, which is to be transported to the Glenmore landfill site. The Westside landfill site is due to close by the middle of this year, because it is past its full capacity. Kelowna has said it will not accept residential self-haul waste at the Glenmore landfill from people living outside its boundaries, making the transfer station a necessity.

jluciw 'at' kelownacapnews.com

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Director prepares for fee complaints
Vernon Morning Star - By Richard Rolke - December 29, 2009

A North Westside official expects some residents may want to trash higher garbage disposal fees.

The Central Okanagan Regional District is considering increasing the rate for the waste transfer station from $40 to $131 a year in 2010.

“I had a heart attack when I initially saw that,” said director Jim Edgson.

“There will probably be some push back on this because of the suddenness of the increase.”

Staff indicates the hike is necessary because the cost of labour, hauling rates, equipment rental and tipping fees at the Kelowna landfill has climbed 275 per cent in the last seven years — the last time fees changed.

“The $40 hasn’t reflected the actual cost of the service,” said Edgson.

Edgson’s primary concern, though, is that residents are facing one significant increase instead of annual incremental adjustments since 2002.

“As the costs for the service go up, they should be brought up regularly through increased fees,” he said, adding that may be more acceptable for residents.

Edgson has asked staff to look at the possibility of changing the fee structure more often.

He also wants CORD to look at the possibility of converting the North Westside’s garbage into electricity instead of shipping it to the landfill in Kelowna.

He believes such a model would also help provide a more consistent power source to the area on the west side of Okanagan Lake.

“If we can take our garbage and turn it into a clean resource, we should take a serious look at it,” he said.

Any approval of changes in the rates would be required prior to the regional district board giving final adoption to the 2010 budget March 26.

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Luciw: Dumping money into a new transfer station site is a waste
Kelowna Capital News - By Jason Luciw Opinion - December 04, 2009

It’s been said that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, but I fear that the cost of this lube job is going to soak taxpayers if it’s allowed to go ahead.

I have heard, for about the fifth time now, suggestions that the Central Okanagan Regional District should build a transfer station somewhere away from the current Westside landfill site after the dump closes within the next several months.

Bad idea.

The Shannon Lake Neighbourhood Association is the latest to enter the fray, with its argument that Shannon Lake Road is not designed to accommodate the heavy truck traffic that would be required to move waste from a transfer station out to the Glenmore landfill.

The transfer site should be located in an industrial park or a gravel pit, somewhere close to the highway, an association spokesperson told council this week.

The traffic could then wear out the highway instead of Shannon Lake Road, the man said.

“The dump, we would love to see it go. It has a very big impact on our neighbourhood.”

I can’t argue with him there, just as I’m sure Shannon Lake residents can’t argue that dump trucks have been using Shannon Lake Road for decades. Just as they can’t argue against the fact they knew or should have known the landfill was there before they moved into the neighbourhood.

Unfortunately, Mayor Doug Findlater added more grease to the situation by entertaining the idea.

The mayor began by explaining that council appropriately turned down a recent proposal to buy a $3.7 million property on Gellatly Road, for what would have amounted to a parking lot for the adjacent Gellatly Nut Farm. The cost of financing such a purchase would amount to a $20 property tax increase per household, he noted.

However, the mayor then said that perhaps West Kelowna would be better off spending $4 million on a property that’s suitable in the industrial park for a proposed transfer station.

No, it wouldn’t.

I don’t fault Findlater for thinking out loud, but let’s not lead Shannon Lake residents down a garden path.

West Kelowna can’t afford pie-in-the-sky ideas when it still hasn’t properly addressed other issues like policing, transit service and road maintenance, all of which are bigger and more costly priorities that should be addressed first.

Let’s also not forget that after a transfer station property is purchased, an enclosed facility would then need to be built or an existing building would need to be retrofitted, adding to the already expensive proposition.

If the facility is not enclosed, the smell and unsightliness of the whole operation would just be a problem for another part of town and this cycle would start all over again and more money would be wasted.

Also, remember that dumping fees are likely to jump dramatically over the next few years as is, just to cover the operational costs of a transfer station because materials will need to be shipped over the bridge to the only remaining landfill in the region.

So, imagine asking residents to pay $30 to dump a load of garbage at the transfer station to cover operations, then charging them $20 more per year on their taxes for capital costs. Add to that the $50 increase council would need to tag on for other needs, like bolstering reserves.

All this would come on the heels of a doubling in the cost of curbside garbage collection this year.

I have said it before and I’ll say it again, the appropriate solution is for the regional district, which currently owns and operates the site, to build a transfer station at the existing location.

If there’s money now to build an enclosed station, then do it. If not, save so it can be enclosed later. But don’t go dumping more tax money into the purchase of another property when the site that exists now was designed to accomplish the same purpose.Besides, the real issue these residents have with the dump is how the regional district is managing it.

In other words, less money would be better spent on greasing the wheels of the operation the Westside already has.

Jason Luciw is the Capital News Westside reporter

 

Why have a transfer station and curbside???  Why is the landfill so far from the Westside?

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Your ID card is required to dispose of garbage at the transfer station. Your ID card determines that you are a resident and helps to manage the 2 bag limit per week.

Please note that these are RDCO regulations and bag amounts cannot be combined over any period. Bag tags for extra bags are available for $2 each.  For more information about Bulky Item Collection, recyclable items, Vernon or Kelowna recycle depots, Hazardous Waste Disposal, Yard Waste and any other waste disposal questions please see Shelley at the transfer station!

And apparently the attendant is enforcing the 2 bag limit too!

Source June 2009 North Westside Road Communities News

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The NEW

Regional District of Central Okanagan

Waste Collections Carts

for West Kelowna, Winfield, Central Okanagan East and parts of Central Okanagan West

Central Okanagan East, West Kelowna, and Winfield, Waste Collection Carts

This photo was taken in Winfield

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They are expanding the Cache Creek landfill by 42 hectares to accommodate Vancouver BC's garbage.

As seen on Global News January 7, 2010 7 a.m. morning news.

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WESTSIDE ROAD CLEANUP

The Regional District sent a crew out to cleanup this mess on Sugarloaf Mountain, up behind the Transfer Station after a local resident sent an email after going for a Sunday drive. 

This annual local road cleanup, in conjunction with Central Okanagan's Annual Community Clean Up, has been completed for another year. Volunteers from La Casa to Westshore Estates pickup the litter along Westside Road.

This year there were a total of seventy-four bags of garbage, countless recyclable bottles & cans, five tires and approximately six hundred pounds of metal picked up from along Westside Road by thirty-seven volunteers who spent countless hours picking up after others.

All types of garbage is picked up in this operation. The majority of the garbage is cigarette packages, bottles and cans thrown from passing vehicles and garbage blown from unsecure loads on their way to the transfer station.  A big round of appreciation to those who give their time to climb up and down the banks to clean up the garbage left by others.

Source Westside Road Community News June 2009

Oh and don't forget the bags full of marijuana trimmings, soil, and the garbage from used marijuana growing products lol.

Looks like the metal business really isn't that profitable if they found that much metal!

Wonder how many couches, bed mattresses, fridges, and tv's they found?

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Westside Road Transfer Stations Rates

The Regional Board has received information about possible rate increases for the Traders Cove and North Westside Road transfer stations. Neither the $40 North Westside, nor the $52 Traders Cove user fees have been adjusted in at least seven years. In order to cover the costs of providing the service, it’s proposed the North Westside rate rise to $131 in 2010 while the rate for Traders Cove would be adjusted to $179. Prior to the 2010 budget discussions, Traders Cove users will be consulted whether they would prefer to change to the higher level of service provided by the curbside Automated Waste Collection Program for an approximate cost of almost $179. The cost of labour at the two transfer stations, hauling rates and tipping fees for disposal at the Glenmore Landfill and equipment rental rates have increased approximately 275% in the last seven years.

Source: Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting - Dec 14, 2009

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Trash talk creates political stink around the CORD board table
Kelowna Capital News - By Jason Luciw - December 17, 2009

The frustration was palpable around the regional district board table Monday night as West Kelowna continued to stall on the location of a much-needed transfer station for the Westside landfill.

Even Kelowna Coun. Michelle Rule, known for her kind demeanor, was noticeably upset at West Kelowna’s stance.

“I would feel better if the district of West Kelowna would make up their mind,” Rule stated sharply.

The need for a transfer station arises from the regional district’s need to close the Westside landfill, which serves Peachland, Westbank First Nation, the Central Okanagan West rural area and West Kelowna, by mid-2010.

The dump has reached its capacity a full three years earlier than anticipated due to growth on the Westside.

Before the closure can occur, however, the regional board must agree to the form and location of a transfer station where residents can take additional waste.

The garbage would be transferred to the Glenmore landfill in Kelowna, which will be the only remaining dump in the Central Okanagan.

Kelowna is unwilling to accept residential self-haul waste from the Westside, saying the dump will not be able to handle the additional traffic, making the transfer station a necessity.

The majority of the regional board was prepared to put its stamp of approval on an engineering staff report this week, which recommended the necessary transfer station be built at the existing Westside landfill site near Shannon Lake.

However, Mayor Doug Findlater and Coun. Duane Ophus, who represent West Kelowna on the regional board, protested the staff recommendation.

Findlater told the board that the regional district should be exploring alternative sites and making a comparative business case among several locations to ensure the best, most affordable option is found.

However, regional district administrator Harold Reay said there is no additional site that staff knows of.

West Kelowna has also admitted to knowing of no additional options at this time.

Waste reduction supervisor Peter Rotheisler also mentioned that the current plan, which calls for an open transfer station on the existing site, is by far the most affordable option.

Under that option, a $28 increase would be required on West Kelowna tax bills to support transfer station operations and to cover the costs of hauling garbage over to the Glenmore Landfill, said Rotheisler.

The tax increase would ensure that Westside user fees remain the same at $55 per metric tonne or $6 per truckload of household waste under 250 kilograms.

Rotheisler added that moving the transfer station would cause costs to skyrocket.

“There would be tonnes of consultation required, there would need to be research into real estate acquisition, not to mention there’s no obvious source of funding to pay for it.”

Meanwhile, Ophus noted that the regional district must also still hold public consultation on the plan and he was uncomfortable with moving forward without public feedback.

The regional district appeased the District of West Kelowna, agreeing to delay a decision on a site for the transfer station until a meeting on Jan. 14.

Regional board chairman Robert Hobson urged West Kelowna to make a decision quickly, noting that final closure plans for the landfill have been in the works for more than a year.

“Time is ticking,” said Hobson.

Subsequently, West Kelowna council passed on its first opportunity to commit to a transfer station site at its Tuesday afternoon meeting.

That leaves council’s Jan. 12 meeting as the last possible chance for council to make a recommendation to the regional board.

jluciw@ "at" kelownacapnews.com

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Higher garbage fees trashed
Kelowna Capital News - Published: December 18, 2009

A North Westside official expects some residents may want to trash higher garbage disposal fees.

The Central Okanagan Regional District is considering increasing the rate for the waste transfer station from $40 to $131 a year in 2010.

“I had a heart attack when I initially saw that,” said director Jim Edgson.

“There will probably be some push back on this because of the suddenness of the increase.”

Staff indicates the hike is necessary because the cost of labour, hauling rates, equipment rental and tipping fees at the Kelowna landfill has climbed 275 per cent in the last seven year — the last time fees changed.

“The $40 hasn’t reflected the actual cost of the service,” said Edgson.

Edgson’s primary concern, though, is that residents are facing one significant increase instead of annual incremental adjustments since 2002.

“As the costs for the service go up, they should be brought up regularly through increased fees,” he said, adding that may be more acceptable for residents.

Edgson has asked staff to look at the possibility of changing the fee structure more often.

He also wants CORD to look at the possibility of converting the North Westside’s garbage into electricity instead of shipping it to the landfill in Kelowna.

He believes such a model would also help provide a more consistent power source to the area on the west side of Okanagan Lake.

“If we can take our garbage and turn it into a clean resource, we should take a serious look at it,” he said.

Any approval of changes in the rates would be required prior to the board giving final adoption to the 2010 budget March 26.

—Vernon Morningstar

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La Casa Transfer Station - November 12, 2009

Strata Manager has been presented with waste management options including curbside collection, service using existing transfer stations and service using a new Transfer Station at La Casa.

.pdf icon http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/boards_committees/gov/agnd/2009/09_11_12/Item 6.1 Quarterly Program Measures Report.pdf

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November 12, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Agenda

Item 6.2 Outline of 2010 Budget Initiatives.pdf

Engineering

Landfill: Landfill closure costs for consultant and closure works $400k. Operating and capital costs need to be determined. Transfer Station construction and operation estimated at $400k to $1 m. Will require tax subsidy to cover operational costs due to reduced tipping fees, or alternatively, complete closure and trucking to Glenmore landfill. 1.75% Contract cost increase due to HST ($10k).

  • Solid Waste Management: Decrease to budget $90k re: automated collection roll out (staging, mobilization, staffing, marketing (approx $190k, however, there was also $100k credit for cart purchases from 2008 which offset the 2009 costs, netting a $90k change to the 2010 budget).

  • Solid Waste Collection: 1.75% Contract cost increase due to HST ($3.5k)

  • Recycling: 1.75% Contract cost increase due to HST ($30k)

  • Septage Facility: Increased costs for tipping fees of biosolids. Report is coming to Board. Biosolids study $50k carryover from 2009.

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July 9, 2009 - Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes

3. Delegation

3.1 Scott GambleJCH2M Hill Consultants - re: Westside Landfill Conceptual Closure Plan and the Concept of a Transfer Station
Scott Gamble provided an update on the Westside Landfill closure plan and transfer station including:

  • Background information for landfill site, as well as outlining site users.

  • As of June 1, 2009 the landfill site only accepts material from residents. Commercial garbage goes to the Glenmore Landfill.

  • Site closure to occur in late 2009. Final closure work to be completed during 2010/2011.

  • Detail engineering for landfill cap still needs to be completed.

  • End use plan reviewed. The revised closure plan suggests use as a low maintenance community/regional park with vegetation. Potential walking trails and non-obtrusive interpretive displays.

  • Closure fund is not sufficient to cover incremental costs of site redevelopment for recreational or park use.

  • Transfer station 'drivers' were reviewed including: Phase 1 consultation and resident surveys in 2008 indicated that residents want continued service on the Westside.


o Status of site redevelopment reviewed:

  • Westside landfill is the preferred location

  • Two transfer station options are being assessed ie: status quo and an 'enhanced' system (involves replacing existing transfer bin system with an enclosed transfer station

  • Business case being developed

o Next steps were reviewed including: completion of business case, final design, formal statement of support from Peachland, WFN and Kelowna, identify final end use plan and any additional funding requirements/sources; finalize detailed closure plan and associated engineering designs.

Discussion:
Transfer stations are often in industrial sites, why have other physical sites not been identified? It is suggested that this is the preferred location due to costs associated with land purchase, engineering, operational controls. West Kelowna staff have expressed approval for the site although West Kelowna Council has not reviewed the issue to date.

Funds have been budgeted for the expansion or improvement to the status quo option for the transfer station.

Is there a process for taking the closure site/transfer station plans to the public?

Once the business case has been completed public consultation will occur. A public consultation strategy has been developed. Staff are waiting for confirmation of management and operation of the transfer station which will be part of the business case.

Consultation will not occur until West Kelowna Council makes a decision if they wish to operate the transfer station or whether it will stay with the Regional District.

Septic tank effluent is no longer disposed of at the landfill. Septage is being taken to Lake Country. Service levels have improved at this facility.

Newsletters continue to be done by Regional District staff.

#GS53/09 EDGSON/FIELDING
THAT the Governance and Services Committee receive for information the conceptual landfill closure plan and transfer station concept design presented by Scott Gamble of CH2M Hill.

CARRIED

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10 year sentence for curbside cart???

.pdf icon June 22, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Minutes

5.3 Regional District of Central Okanagan Security Issuing Bylaw No 1260, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

BAKER/OPHUS
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan Security Issuing Bylaw No. 1260, 2009 be given first, second and third readings, reconsidered and adopted this 22nd day of June 2009.

CARRIED

Security Issuing Bylaw 1260

NOW THEREFORE the Regional Board of the Regional District of Central Okanagan in open meeting assembled enacts as follows;

1. The Regional Board hereby consents to financing the debt of the City of Kelowna in the amount of Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand dollars and 00 cents ($7,500,000,00) in accordance with the following terms.

Automated Collection Curbside Carts $7,500,000.00
Term of Issue: 10 years

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes - May 25. 2009 (Pg. 3)

4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS

4.1 Options for additional yard waste collection service - One-time Unlimited Yard Waste Collection (spring 2009 - electoral areas) (Electoral Area Directors only)

The Governance and Services Committee recommended that the May 14, 2009 staff report on options for additional yard waste collection service for a one-time unlimited pickup be circulated to municipal Councils and the electoral area directors for consideration.

Director Hayes noted that Joe Rich has been experiencing illegal dumping in recent weeks and requested staff follow-up with him on this issue.


Director Edgson noted there is little concern in his rural area. Most residents have taken care of disposing of their spring yard clean-up.

The question was raised whether the contractor will hold the current pricing for the fall. Staff will need to confirm this information should the Board wish to consider a fall yard waste pickup but it is believed that the price negotiated was
for a spring yard waste pickup based on the amount of yard waste still remaining in residential neighborhoods. It was noted that municipalities will handle their own contract. The District of Lake Country has negotiated with the contractor and the pricing is for the spring pickup only - one-time, one day service.

BAKER/EDGSON
THAT the May 21, 2009 staff report regarding options for additional yard waste collection; a one-time unlimited yard waste collection for Spring 2009 be received.

AND FURTHER THAT staff provide a status report on yard waste pickup in September including landfill line-up comparison and the amount of illegal dumping taking place.

CARRIED

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May 25, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Minutes

c) Recycling - Commercial Buildings

It was noted that rules for recycling at commercial buildings are different than residential regulations and that much of the material that is banned from the landfill may be being dumped in the landfill. Staff noted this has been an issue where enforcement is difficult as the bins are filled from a variety of establishments before being taken to the landfill.

RULE/HODGE
THAT staff be directed to provide a report to the Governance and Services Committee on commercial recycling options including what is banned from the landfill, how commercial businesses recycle and the options available, commercial recycling costs, as well include how School District No. 23 recycles.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon April 27, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

8.4 Garbage Collection in Rural Areas (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

HAYES/EDGSON
THAT the Regional Board direct staff to bring forward a report to the next Governance and Services Committee meeting with regard to the Automated Waste Collection System and options for rural collection to include: concerns raised to date with collection in rural areas, is exclusion possible and what would be the impact for rural areas, including financial and contractual.

CARRIED (Opposed: Ophus, Findlater, Shepherd)

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April 9, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Governance and Services Committee Meeting Agenda

.pdf icon Item 4.3 Automated Collection Program Update.pdf

Governance and Services Report

Agenda No: 4.3
TO: Governance and Services Committee
FROM: Peter Rotheisler, Waste Reduction Supervisor
DATE: April 2, 2009
SUBJECT: Additional yard waste collection service options and costs

Currently. residents are able to put out yard waste for curbside collection every other week between March and November for a total of 20 collections. This roughly equates to approximately 80 standard (60 litre) yard waste bags of yard waste over the course of a calendar year. In addition, residents are able to self-haul to the Westside and Glenmore Landfills at no cost for tipping, hire a private company to haul any excess yard waste, or compost on their property.

Below are four options for additional yard waste collection. Each option is briefly described with further details included in the accompanying table.

1. Residents bag excess yard waste and place an unlimited quantity of bags curbside for collection. The table below summarizes variations of this option from a payment structure and administrative standpoint.

(click link above to read this portion - the tables - of the Agenda)

It should also be noted that each member municipality in the Central Okanagan Regional District administers their own waste collection contract making it reasonable for an additional yard waste collection service to be offered at a municipal level instead of a regional level.

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.pdf icon February 23, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Environmental:

6.9 Amendment to the Processing and Marketing of Residential Single-Stream Co-mingled Recyclable Materials contract (All Directors - Weighted Vote)

Waste Reduction Department report of February 18th outlined the need for an amendment to the Single-Stream Commingled Recyclable materials contract which is required due to the global economic downturn in the market for recyclables. Staff noted the original contract was approved in June 2008 but due to the downturn in the market for recyclables the contract does not work for either party as it is currently structured. The benefits of the amendment provides certainty and ensures sustainability of the recycling program and it guarantees 100% of revenue to the Regional District.

It was noted that Regional District is currently storing low grade plastics at Metro's facility as well as the Glenmore landfill. What was the revenue per tonne prior to the collapse of the market? Staff noted it was $113 per metric tonne and now it's $32.00.

BAKER/SHEPHERD
THAT the Regional Board approve the following amendment to the Processing and Marketing of Residential Single-Stream Commingled Recyclable Materials contract with Metro Waste Paper Recovery Inc. (Metro) dated May 2008;

• Appendix C - Form 2: The base Processing Overall Unit Cost is $115.00 per metric tonne. 100% of the Commodity Unit Value will be paid or charged to the Regional District of Central Okanagan. In other words, the Regional District of Central Okanagan pays a fixed processing rate of $115.00 per metric tonne and receives 100% of the revenue generated from the sale of the recyclables.

CARRIED

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.pdf icon January 26, 2009 Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes

Environmental:

6.6 Regional District of Central Okanagan Solid Waste Management Regulation Bylaw No. 1253, 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings and Adoption (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

The amendments to the Solid Waste Management Regulation bylaw are as a result of the newly automated collection system commencing throughout the Central Okanagan in January 2009. Staff report dated January 21 st highlighted the changes to the bylaw as well as the changes to fees.

SHEPHERD/OPHUS
THAT Regional District of Central Okanagan .pdf icon Solid Waste Management Regulation Bylaw No. 1253, 2009 be given first, second and third readings, reconsidered and adopted this 26th day of January 2009.

CARRIED

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This is about the proposed La Casa transfer station:

.pdf icon MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING - THE OWNERS STRATA PLAN KAS 2428
“LACASA LAKESIDE COTTAGE RESORT”
HELD on May 30, 2009 @ 9 am
at the Best Western Inn, 2402 Hwy 97 N, Kelowna, BC

Gateway was responsible for coordinating the required Crown Loops purchase applications, and until Feb of 2008 had informed Council and all owners that these applications were underway and proceeding.

In March of 2008, as a result of Council’s enquiries, Gateway informed Council that it had missed the required filing deadlines and that our purchase applications had expired. Gateway assured Council that they would take the necessary steps to have the applications re-opened and that they would ensure that the transfers would proceed. Gateway was unable to make this happen, and as a result Council has now taken the necessary steps to retain a Crown Lands Lawyer at Pushor Mitchell, Lawyers in Kelowna (Theresa Arsenault), for the purpose of proceeding with same.

In April 2009, the Westbank First Nations who are in stage four treaty negotiations said NO to our application and thus derailed any hope of our purchasing these lands in the near future. As a result, the Crown is unable to transfer these sections to us.

Consequently, Council has informed Gateway that we will be looking to them to compensate us for damages related to this missed opportunity. Given the time commitment attributed to dealing with the Azura law suit, Council has not had an opportunity to address these damages with Gateway yet, but plans on doing so in the near future. Gateway has indicated that they will accept responsibility for their error, and has acknowledged our expectations.

Despite not being able to purchase these Crown Loops, we have had further discussions with the Crown to see if they would agree to convert our current licenses and/or leases into renewable 30 year leases which will accommodate our intended uses for these lands, such as our storage areas, pools and maintenance facilities. The Crown has indicated that they would consider this request, and that Band consent will likely not be required for same.

As a result, we are currently proceeding to make these requests and hope to report to Owners on the results at our 2009 AGM in October. If the Crown agrees to enter into 30 year renewable leases and further agrees to allow us to use these Crown Loops for our various purposes, there should be no reason why we can’t proceed with the construction of our second pool, storage areas and maintenance compounds in the very near future, possibly even later this year or early next year (subject to the completion of the leases and any re-zoning applications).

We do not know how much money the Crown will want in return for these leases – but we expect that some form of monetary consideration will be required. Once that is determined, we can address this payment and any return of the past Special levy with our Owners and with Gateway.

Until this is determined, however, Council is clearly of the view that it would be premature to return any portion of the Special Levy (approx $130 per lot).” SL 221 inquired if a 30 year lease is the maximum granted. The Chair said it was the standard, however, Council would be seeking a “renewable” 30 year lease, with the intent of extending this period as much as possible.

continued at .pdf icon this link

 

Found on page 21

b) Crown Land purchase

The Chair, on behalf of council, reported as follows:

“Despite not being able to purchase the two Crown Loops, we have had further discussions with the Crown to see if they would agree to convert our current licenses and/or leases into renewable 30 year leases which will accommodate our intended uses for these lands, such as our storage areas, pools and maintenance facilities. The Crown has indicated that they would be consider this request, and that WestBank Band consent will likely not be required for same.

As a result, we are currently proceeding to make these requests and hope to report to Owners on the results at our 2009 AGM in October. If the Crown agrees to enter into 30 year renewable leases and further agrees to allow us to use these Crown Loops for our various purposes, there is no reason why we can’t proceed with the construction of our second pool, storage areas and maintenance compounds in the very near future, possibly even later this year or early next year subject to the completion of the leases and any re-zoning applications). We do not know how much money the Crown will want in return for these leases – but we expect that some form of monetary consideration will be required. Once that is determined, we can address this payment and any return of the past Special levy with our Owners and with Gateway.

Until this is determined, however, Council is clearly of the view that it would be premature to return any portion of the Special Levy (approx $130 per lot).

We are currently leasing this land at $48,370 for 30 years. We will have to continue to lease as our road loops in phase three and the lower resort both are on Crown Property.”

.pdf icon http://lacasaowners.com/files/5/1/3/0/5/159868-150315/05_30_09_SGM_Minutes_Final.pdf

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Found on page 27

j) Update on Waste Transfer Station:

The Chair, on behalf of council, reported as follows:

“Central Okanagan Regional District, local Fintry resident, LaCasa Owners, the Westbank First Nations and even Azura Management are all in agreement that they want to proceed with the waste transfer station to be located at the top of our lower Crown Loop.  To proceed, an environmental study has been requested. Keith Fisher has been managing this project and has met with CORD and insisted that they pick up the entire cost for this study. We are waiting to hear their response, and are hopeful that this will continue to move forward as it is advantageous to our Resort.”

.pdf icon http://lacasaowners.com/files/5/1/3/0/5/159868-150315/05_30_09_SGM_Minutes_Final.pdf

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.pdf icon MINUTES ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING THE OWNERS STRATA PLAN KAS 2428
"La Casa Lakeside Resort"
HELD on September 27,2008
Sandman Hotel, 2130 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, BC

found on page 16

3/4 Vote Resolution # 7

It was MOVED (SL-392) and SECONDED (SL-491) that %Vote Resolution # 7 be approved as follows:

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED as a 3/4 Vote Resolution of the Owners, Strata Plan KAS 2428, LaCasa Lakeside Cottage Resort at the AGM held on September 27, 2008, that the owners approve the use of the Lower Crown Loop as a Waste Transfer Station administered and operated by the Central Okanagan Regional District.

The Rationale for the Resolution is as follows:

Council supports the creation of a waste transfer station In this regard, the Regional District is interested is setting up a manned "Waste Transfer Station" at the top of the lower Crown loop to service the waste transfer needs of LaCasa and the surrounding Fintry area. This station will be properly screened and landscaped, and will ensure cost effective waste management solutions for our Resort for the long term.

There being no discussion on the Motion, by way of a show of voting cards the Motion was CARRIED.

Three hundred six and four sixths (306-4/6) in favour, zero (0) abstentions, one (1) opposed.

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found on page 25

Owner Assistance and Awareness

Garbage Bins:

Strata currently has four garbage bins on site but we need your assistance. These bins are for garbage only - we are consistently finding these bins overflowing because they are being used for cardboard that has not been broken down. We ask all owners to participate and do not use the bins for anything other then garbage. There will be a bin designated solely for cardboard boxes that have been broken down. Please be the example for everyone.

The exciting news is strata is currently in discussions with CORD to get a waste transfer station started for this fall, after it is voted on at the AGM. The transfer station will be handling garbage, recycling, yard waste, and, once a year, large items. Until we are able to vote on this solution, we need your help - thank you

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found on page 29

Owner update:

We are currently focusing on several areas that need to be finished this year. We are in communication with Gerry Johnston to finalize our crown loop applications of purchase. Carol Suhan from CORD is finalizing the details for the waste transfer station. Jennifer Taylor is finalizing the registration of street names at LaCasa for fire safety purposes. Hilary Hettinga is in discussions regarding possible solutions to water utilities issues at LaCasa; Ewen Stewart, Dave Osmond, and the rest of the Utilities Committee are diligently assessing water and sewage management options for future.

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.pdf icon GATEWAY PROPERTY MANAGEMENT MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
THE OWNERS STRATA PLAN KAS 2428
"LACASA LAKESIDE COTIAGE RESORT"
HELD on December 2, 2006 at the Grand Hotel, 1310 Water Street Kelowna, Be

found on page 18

PURCHASE OF ROAD LOOPS & CROWN GRANT:

The official document was executed by two Strata Council members and the only outstanding item is the survey required by the government. We have been in discussions with the surveyor, Morgan Stewart, and it is his advice that these should be completed fairly soon. Brian Wills is assisting us with keeping the pressure on Mr. Stewart to get this work completed. We are aware that surveyors are extremely busy these days and the only way we will get this completed is with daily pressure - thank you to Brian Wills for his assistance. To complete this project will require the Owners to pass a Resolution for the easement that will be registered on the title so unless this document is completed in the next week, we will have to convene a Special General Meeting early in 2007 to formally complete this arrangement. The easement for the adjacent property (Roy's) has been in effect since the land was originally subdivided. The new document is really just a formalization of an existing easement, required by the Ministry of Land & Water.

We are aware that Owners approved this process by earlier special resolutions however the Registrar at the Land Title Office will not allow the documents to be registered on title unless the resolution was passed not more than 60 days prior to the registration - that time has long passed. As well, we feel that Owners should be given the actual document and wording to be filed on the common property title for the Strata· Corporation. It is our hope that this can be completed early in 2007.



found on page 20

OTHER ISSUES TO ADDRESS:

b) Garbage Transfer Station - this discussion is ongoing with the Regional District and may require a 3/4 vote of owners at a future Special General Meeting. An update will be provided at the Annual General Meeting.

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November 30, 2009 letter from RDCO explaining what bylaw defines the "Local Service Area" for Sugar Loaf transfer station.  It took a while for the answer to come because at first an email was sent to Bruce Smith the Communications Coordinator, then a second email was sent to BS, but he still wouldn't answer, so another email was sent to the Chair, Robert Hobson and he wouldn't answer either.  Instead we received an email back from Robert Hobson's answering machine, Mary Jane Drouin saying nobody is going to answer by email, but that a letter will be sent in regards to the email.  This letter below is what was received.  The letter below is from Harold Reay whom is the Chief Administrative Office at the Regional District of Central Okanagan and who is not Robert Hobson the Chair whom the email was sent to.  LOL thats funny ... Robert Hobson has two humanoid answering machines !

Letter from RDCO explaining which bylaws pertain to a Local Service Area for Sugar Loaf transfer station.

Enclosed with the letter were bylaws 577, 580, and 1253.

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Here are links to the bylaws that describe the "LOCAL SERVICE AREA"
It looks like the Regional District made up a bylaw for the whole Region and we are not really paying for what we get as we are suppose to being in a Regional District, but instead we are paying more like we are a Municipality whereas those properties don't always get what they pay for.  Read the Primer on Regional District's in BC that explains "we should be paying for what we get".  Read the Ministry of Community and Rural Development - Local Government Dept. webpage where it states quote, "Unlike municipalities, regional districts are required to match the benefits and costs of its services to the people that benefit from the services. In other words, residents pay for what they get."

.pdf icon Solid Waste Management defines the Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 577, 1993

.pdf icon Bylaw 579, 1993 = Sanitary Landfill User Rates

.pdf icon Bylaw 580, 1993 =  Solid Waste Management Regulation for Westside Sanitary Landfill and Transfer Stations

.pdf icon Bylaw 581, 1993 = $40 Utility Bill for Sugar Loaf from 1993  - Amended By Bylaw No. 632 & No. 876

.pdf icon Bylaw 632, 1995 = $40 Utility Bill for Sugar Loaf from 1995

.pdf icon Bylaw 876, 2000 = $40 Utility Bill for Sugar Loaf from 2000

.pdf icon Bylaw 1253, 2009 = $51.95 Property Tax Bill for Landfill and $40 Utility Bill in 2009

.pdf icon Solid Waste Management Regulation Amendment Bylaw No. 1253, 2009 - Repeals .pdf icon Consolidated Bylaw No. 1162
Bylaw 1253 contains  Landfill Site Regulations, defines Local Service Area, $40 Utility Bill for Sugar Loaf, $52 Utility Bill for Traders Cove, Solid Waste Reduction Services $49.36 per year on property tax if you have a waiver of service, if you are on a garbage collection route other than North Westside Road $164.12 per year for 120 litres basic cart .. its an additional $72 year for large cart fee which is the 240 litre cart collection service, $2.50 for tag-a-bag,

IF ITS ONLY $49.36 for SOLID WASTE REDUCTION FOR SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE A WAIVER OF SERVICE, WHY IS EVERYONE ELSE WHO DOES NOT HAVE A WAIVER OF SERVICE PAY $51.95 ON THEIR PROPERTY TAX FOR THE SAME GARBAGE SERVICE (Solid Waste Reduction Services)??

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Bylaw 1253, 2009 Schedule "C" says that the Solid Waste Reduction Services fee is the $51.95 levied on the 2009 property tax.

Bylaw 1253, 2009 Schedule "B" is for the Sanitary Landfill Tipping Fees

And that the $20.00 Utility bill sent twice a year pays for garbage, yard waste, and mandatory recyclable material collection.

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5. Fiscal equivalence.  The legislation for regional districts requires a close matching between the benefits and costs of services. The intent is that residents "pay for what they get".  In practice, this can mean that each service that is delivered by the regional district has a cost recovery formula. To this end, the legislation provides a wide range of cost recovery tools including taxes, charges and fees and the flexibility to vary these. As well, it requires that each service be separately accounted for in the budget and accounts of the regional district.

Source of above copied from page 10 at the link below

A Primer on Regional Districts in BC Government of BC website

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In 2007 North Westside Road properties paid $41.43 on their property taxes for the Westside Landfill, plus a $40.00 utility bill for Sugar Loaf Transfer Station

$40.00 utility bill plus $41.43 on the property tax x 747 properties = $60,828

so why is there $75,266 revenue reported to us in the accounts??  It is beyond comprehension without further information.

If you take the $75,266 revenue from 2007 for Sugar Loaf Transfer Station and divide that by 747 paying properties of the Sugar Loaf transfer station = $101 each property paid in total in 2007 for garbage service and we know that properties only paid $81.43 in total in 2007 for garbage service.

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Letter dated November 3, 2009 from the BC Ombudsman,
in regards to the revenue discrepancy at the Sugar Loaf Transfer Station for 2007.  We could like to know where this 2007 huge jump in revenue came from?

Nov 3, 2009 letter from BC Ombudsman in regards to the above. Page 1 of 3
Click on each of the three pages to read the letter in larger print.

Nov 3, 2009 letter from BC Ombudsman in regards to the above. Page 2 of 3

Nov 3, 2009 letter from BC Ombudsman in regards to the above. Page 3 of 3

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Article: Canada: Waste collection contracts 'abused' position.
Article from: TendersInfo Article date: June 20, 2009

Two large waste collection corporations operating in Central Vancouver Island were using contracts that "abused" their dominant position in the market, says the Competition Bureau. The agency said that Waste Management of Canada Corporation and Waste Services Inc., which is contracted by the City of Nanaimo and Regional District of Nanaimo, used long-term contracts that locked in customers and included similar, and "highly restrictive," terms such as automatic renewal clauses, significant penalties for early contract termination and rights of first refusal. The bureau said the contracts meant higher prices for businesses and ...

http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-202148429.html

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.pdf icon 2004 Highlights Regional District of Central Okanagan Waste Reduction Office page 9

In partnership with the Regional Districts of North Okanagan, Okanagan Similkameen and Thompson Nicola, a Disposal Alternatives Feasibility study was completed. The report concluded that the most feasible option for Okanagan garbage disposal in the long-term will be to export waste to the Thompson-Nicola region.

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.pdf icon RDCO's website tells you that North Westside Road LANDFILL (not transfer station) closed due to bears. (page 26 of the document or 29 of the .pdf)

Why not open up the old North Westside Road Landfill just up the hill from Sugar Loaf Transfer Station instead of delivering garbage all the way to the Glenmore Landfill near the Kelowna Airport?  Hauling fees have tripled since 2002 and now they are going up again.

.pdf icon Due to the closure of the Westside Landfill to commercial haulers as of April 1, 2009, OKEWS is forced to transport garbage and yard waste to the Glenmore Landfill, which is a longer distance.  The proposed fee changes are based on the rate that OKEWS currently charges to transport recyclables to the Metro Waste Paper Recovery facility on Cambro Road, which is comparable distance to the Glenmore Landfill.

How about an electric fence that is run on solar if no electric?  Bears hibernate in the winter so solar shouldn't be a problem in winter when the sun isn't shining.

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April 27, 2009 Regional Board Agenda Item 6.12

Price increase for hauling Sugar Loaf garbage of $44.00 per trip for each yard waste, garbage, and recycling

.pdf icon  Contract Amendment re-Transfer Stations

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Contracts to operate the Sugar Loaf transfer Station - Rates too

In the 2005 contract it shows the transfer station attendants rate being $18.50 per hour for 20 hours per week plus 1 hour administration, but the transfer station attendant only works 4 days per week for 4 hours which is only 16 hours in total and not 20 hours.

so 4 hours per day x 4 days per week = 16 hours per week x 52 weeks per year = 832 hours per year divided by 12 months = 69.33 hours per month

plus

1 hour administration per week x 52 weeks = 52 hours divided by 12 months =  4.33 hours per month

so TOTAL HOURS PER MONTH = 73.66 hours per month

73.66 hours per month x $18.50 per hour = $1,362.71 per month x 12 months per year = $16,352.52 per year for only working a 16 hour week.

Does anyone want to offer to do the same job a little cheaper??  Lets see some competition for the job!

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WESTSIDE ROAD CLEANUP

This annual local road cleanup, in conjunction with Central Okanagan's Annual Community Clean Up, has been completed for another year. Volunteers from La Casa to Westshore Estates pickup the litter along Westside Road.

This year there were a total of seventy-four bags of garbage, countless recyclable bottles & cans, five tires and approximately six hundred pounds of metal picked up from along Westside Road by thirty-seven volunteers who spent countless hours picking up after others. All types of garbage is picked up in this operation. The majority of the garbage is cigarette packages, bottles and cans thrown from passing vehicles and garbage blown from unsecure loads on their way to the transfer station.

A big round of appreciation to those who give their time to climb up and down the banks to clean up the garbage left by others.

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SUGARLOAF CLEANUP

The Regional District sent a crew out to cleanup this mess on Sugarloaf Mountain, up behind the Transfer Station after a local resident sent an email after going for a Sunday drive. Unfortunately people are continually dumping in our forests.



Source:  North Westside Road Communities Association June 2009 Newsletter (page 5)

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Garbage Disposal Bylaws

Solid Waste Management Local Service Area Establishment Bylaw No. 577, 1993
established the local service area to fund Solid Waste Management in the Central Okanagan.

Garbage Collection User Rates Amendment Bylaw No. 876, 2000 - Amends Bylaw No. 581
(setting out a $12 rate for curbside recycling participants)

Garbage Collection User Rates Amendment Bylaw No. 632, 1995 - Amends Bylaw No. 581
(establishing a $40 annual parcel tax)

Solid Waste Management Regulation Amendment Bylaw No. 1253, 2009 - Repeals Bylaw No. 1162
Sets out many of the rules and regulations

3. Landfill, recycling depots and transfer stations (page 9 of bylaw 1253)
3.1.10 Transfer Stations at the Westside Road (Traders Cove) and North Westside Road (N.O.W.E.S.I.) sites shall be used only by those residents participating in those local service areas.
3.1.11 No person authorized to use the Westside Road and North Westside Road Transfer Stations shall dispose of Garbage or Household Recyclable Material contrary to the provisions of this bylaw.

More bylaws

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Westside Landfill Closure Update

The Regional District is moving another step closer to closing the Westside Sanitary Landfill site off Alexandria Way.

As of Monday, June 1st, the Westside Landfill will no longer accept any materials collected by commercial haulers. Instead, commercial customers must go to the City of Kelowna Glenmore Landfill (out by the Kelowna airport) to dispose of any garbage, construction and demolition, yard waste and other materials.

Communications Coordinator Bruce Smith says, “This new diversion of waste only affects commercial operators and businesses and does not impact residential self-haul waste. Residents may continue to drop off their solid waste at the Westside Landfill location.”

“Earlier this year” Smith says, “as we started moving toward closing the Westside Landfill, we began diverting all large commercial haulers to the City’s Glenmore Landfill site. And in March, as the new curbside automated waste program began in the District of West Kelowna and Peachland, all of that material has also been going to the Glenmore Landfill for disposal.”

Smith says, “The Regional District continues to work on a main plan that will guide us in closing the Westside Landfill. We anticipate that we will reach our final elevation and grade later this summer or during the fall, at which time we will no longer accept materials to be buried within the landfill, located just off Asquith Road in West Kelowna. We anticipate some level of residential drop off service will continue for at least a year or two at the Westside Landfill, to allow the City of Kelowna to make adjustments to handle the additional traffic at its landfill site off Glenmore Road.”

The Regional District recently received a draft Concept Closure Plan that will be considered by the Regional Board in the coming weeks. It’s anticipated a presentation will also be made on this plan to the District of West Kelowna Council and then a Public Information meeting will be scheduled to advise the greater community of the plan contents, possible future services and associated costs.

In order to meet current Ministry of Environment requirements, including possible landscaping, allowable uses and gas and groundwater monitoring of the site for at least 25 years after it is closed, a consultant is expected to be contracted this summer to develop a Final Closure Plan.

The Regional District has developed a webpage for information regarding the Westside landfill closure. It can be accessed on the Regional District website selecting the Quick Links option and clicking on Landfill Closure.

Source Regional District of Central Okanagan "Whats New" (May 29, 2009)

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Residents get a sneak peak at Westside landfill closure plan

Alexandria Way resident Dave Dmytryshyn looks forward to the closure of the Westside landfill, which sits about 60 metres from his backyard. He remains concerned about the possibility that chipping might continue on the landfill site, past the regional district’s self-imposed September deadline.

By Jason Luciw - Kelowna Capital News - Published: May 16, 2009

The closure of the Westside landfill may be near at hand, but the concerns of residents

living near the dump are far from satisfied.

A handful of Alexandria Way residents attended the Central Okanagan Regional District’s Thursday morning governance and services committee meeting to hear details and express their concerns regarding the landfill’s imminent closure.

Homeowner Dave Dmytryshyn said his primary concern was the continued chipping occurring on site. The practice is being  improperly managed, in his opinion, and he wanted to know how much longer it would go on for at the landfill.

“Instead of putting it underground, it’s been sitting on top of the ground becoming toxic, noxious and smelly,” said Dmytryshyn. “And when it rains, it starts to stink.”

Chipping is also a big source of dust, said Dmytryshyn.

“I sweep my deck off with a leaf blower and huge plumes of dust and sawdust go all over the place and I’m breathing this stuff in.”

Regional district development services director Dan Plamondon told Dmytryshyn that chipping would continue on site until August or

September at the latest.

However, curbside garbage is already being diverted from the Westside landfill to the City of Kelowna’s dump in Glenmore, he noted. And Plamondon hopes most of the landfill will be closed within the next month so most of the waste on site could then be covered.

The engineering firm CH2M Hill has completed a draft report for the closure plan. The final plan must be presented to the board before the closure can be fully phased in, said Plamondon.

Part of that report will include information on the dangers created from gasses, like methane, which will continue to vent from the landfill after it’s closed.

Consultant Rick Peleshytyk of Golder

Associates Ltd. conducted a study on the venting hazards. He told the regional district committee and residents in attendance that the venting is currently well within acceptable levels, based on B.C. Ministry of Environment standards.

However, the situation must continue to be monitored in the months and years following the closure to ensure levels remain safe.

To control further risks, all solid waste will need to be set back and covered at a distance of at least 100 metres from existing residences.

A passive gas venting system should be installed at the north and eastern perimetres of the landfill.

Gas levels should continue to be monitored in the areas between the venting system and developed areas.

And the materials used to cover over the site should be carefully chosen, ensuring they are permeable enough to allow vapours to escape at points across the site in a safe manner.

Peleshytyk’s recommendations will be used in CH2M Hill’s final report.

The final document will also include recommendations on the location of a transfer station on the old dump site, said Plamondon.

A landscaped buffer will also be part of the recommendations, he added.

Alexandria Way resident Linda Edwards said she’s been living next to the dump for 15 years and is pleased to finally see it closing.

“We were told it would be closed within 10 years, said Edwards. “Not only wasn’t it closed, but it’s also been taking Peachland’s garbage for last seven or eight years.”

The landfill has piled up so high that it now appears as a “mountain,” that can be seen from downtown Westbank, she said.

jluciw "at" kelownacapnews.com

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How about a service review on the Westside (Glenmore) Landfill??

If North Okanagan Regional District doesn't charge for garbage dumping through residents property tax, then why is the Regional District of Central Okanagan?

"In the North Okanagan, all waste reduction programs are funded directly from tipping fees and recycling collection fees.  Taxation is not used to support any solid waste program, and therefore the programs are self sustained by those that use the facilities and programs."
"In the North Okanagan, all waste reduction programs are funded directly from tipping fees and recycling collection fees.  Taxation is not used to support any solid waste program, and therefore the programs are self sustained by those that use the facilities and programs."

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Lost ID cards can be replaced at a cost of $5.

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Map to Glenmore Landfill by MapQuest (2105 Glenmore Road N.)

 

Map to the Westside Sanitary Landfill on Asquith Road

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Did you know a public hearing was held April 27, 2009 in regards to rezoning the land for the proposed La Casa Transfer station?

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Okanagan Lake BC.com suspects people vote Liberal thinking they are good at cut backs and saving money like when Paul Martin was Finance Minister.  We don't think that is the case anymore... the Liberals just shifted their spending.

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BC Government (Liberal) Air Act Plan:

Drive less. If you can get by without a vehicle, great. If not, try carpooling, walking, cycling or taking transit a few days a week. Every little bit makes a difference – and we all have a role to play in cleaning up our air. Driving less saves money, too. And, if you walk or cycle, you’ll be healthier as well.   (It doesn't matter how far the landfill is and maybe you can carpool to the landfill over by the Kelowna airport)
Avoid idling. It wastes fuel, wastes money, stresses your engine and pollutes the air. Worst of all, it serves no purpose.  (It doesn't matter how far the landfill is and maybe you can carpool to the landfill over by the Kelowna airport)  In cold climates, a block heater is a more effective, efficient option for warming up your engine, and only needs to run for about two hours. Even without a block heater, modern vehicles only need a few minutes of run time – at most – to warm up.
Get regular tune-ups. Vehicles that are properly serviced run more efficiently, waste less fuel and produce less air pollution. They’re also less likely to break down, and tend to last longer.
Consider a cleaner vehicle. If you’re in the market for a vehicle, consider something fuel-efficient. A hybrid is an option if you’re buying new, but many later model, smaller vehicles are also environmentally friendly. (And the BC Government will help buy you a new smart car too through Cash for Klunkers)
Avoid using gas-powered tools, such as lawnmowers, leaf blowers and trimmers. Push mowers, electric mowers and even modern gas powered models are better for our health, and our environment.
If you use wood for fuel, use it wisely. The best option is to upgrade your stove to ensure you’re making use of the latest emission reduction technologies. But changes in the way you burn can also make a difference. For example, you can reduce air pollution significantly by always using dry wood, cutting it into small pieces, and keeping your stove and chimney clean and in good working order. (And its ok for the Regional District to purchase an air curtain burner to burn beetle killed wood?)
Consider a switch. If you’re buying a new stove or heating appliance, consider one fuelled by propane, natural gas or pellets.  These can all be cleaner alternatives to burning wood.
Say no to backyard burning. Backyard burning was once considered an easy way to get rid of garbage. (But backyard burning there is no more pollution that what it takes to drive across town to dump it?) Today we know it’s a serious hazard that exposes families, neighbours, pets and whole communities to toxic fumes. Many areas have banned the practice, and even where it is allowed, a good rule of thumb is “Don’t burn unless you have to.”
Get involved. Join or create a local air quality management group to work with your local government to improve air quality in your community.
Plant a tree. Trees help to filter harmful pollutants from our air.

Consider choosing several of these actions to save money, save energy, safe fuel, avoid waste, reduce impact on our climate and improve your local air quality.

For example, if you avoid idling and using gas-powered tools, and if you plant one tree, you could keep over 10 kg of smog-causing pollutants out of the air. Or if you buy a new certified woodstove, get regular tune-ups and drive less, you could reduce air pollutants by almost 100 kg.

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Public Hearing Agenda - Monday, April 27, 2009

The Public Hearing was advertised as follows:
- Kelowna Daily Courier on Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22, 2009 (pursuant to the Local Government Act)
- An information notice was also placed in the Capital News on Sunday, April 19, 2009

Item 1 Zoning Amendment Bylaw No 871-194.pdf

Further to the Public Hearing notification process, no letters or correspondence had been received from the community at time of preparing this report.

What about this letter written by the Regional District themselves??

March 2006 La Casa Transfer Station Memo to Engineering Committee from Waste Reduction Office
There were 68 properties and not just residents that signed this petition.

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Did you know RDCO are closing the Westside Landfill and that all garbage must now be trucked out by the Kelowna Airport as of April 2009 costing residents even more for gas, garbage and pollution?  RDCO doesn't want to pollute the land with garbage, but instead RDCO would rather pollute the air with vehicle emissions!!!

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Agenda April 27,2009

Item 6.12 Contract Amendment re-Transfer Stations.pdf

North Westside Road Transfer Station
  Existing Hauling Fees Proposed Hauling Fees Actual Increase
Garbage bin $261 per trip $305 per trip $44 per trip
Recycling bin $305 per trip $305 per trip $0 per trip
Yard Waste bin $261 per trip $305 per trip $44 per trip

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Agenda April 27,2009

Item 8.4 Notice of Motion - Rural Areas Garbage Collection.pdf
 

NOTICE OF MOTION
Subject: Regional District of Central Okanagan - Garbage Collection in Rural Areas
Submitted by: Director Kelly Hayes
Date: April 27, 2009 Regular Board Meeting

THAT the Regional Board direct staff to bring forward a report to the next Governance and Services Committee meeting with regard to the Automated Waste Collection System and options for rural collection to include: concerns raised to date with collection in rural areas, is exclusion possible and what would be the impact for rural areas, including financial and contractual.

Thank you Kelly Hayes!!!

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This is in regards to La Casa Transfer Station Location.

La Casa's Land Application at Land Management

Map of Block C

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Local Government Act
[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 323

Division 4.5 — Dispute Resolution in Relation to Services
813 Definitions
813.01 Minister may appoint facilitators
813.02 Parties to a service review or service withdrawal
813.03 Costs of service review or service withdrawal
813.04 Initiating a service review
813.05 Other issues and services may be dealt with in one service review
813.06 Preliminary meeting
813.07 Negotiations to resolve issues
813.08 Initiating service withdrawal
813.09 Minister's direction on process
813.10 Addition of further initiating participants or further services
813.11 Early termination of process
813.12 Mediation
813.13 Arbitration
813.14 Initiating participant must respond to final resolution
813.15 Direction to further arbitration in certain cases
813.16 When final resolution becomes binding
813.17 Implementation of final resolution by bylaw
813.18 Failure to adopt required bylaws
813.19 Regulations respecting arbitrations

Definitions
813 For the purposes of this Division:

"final resolution" means the establishment of the terms and conditions for withdrawal from a service by an arbitrator's decision under section 813.13 [arbitration process] or 813.15 [direction to further arbitration in certain cases];

"initiating participant" means a participant who gave notice under section 813.04 [initiating a service review] or 813.08 [initiating service withdrawal], as applicable;

"notice of withdrawal" means notice under section 813.14 (1) (d) (i) [initiating participant decision to proceed with withdrawal];

"service review" means a review of participation in one or more services in accordance with the process under sections 813.04 to 813.07;

"service withdrawal" means proposed withdrawal from participation in one or more services in accordance with the process under sections 813.08 to 813.19.

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Yard waste solution alludes the CORD regional board
Kelowna Capital News - By Jason Luciw - Published: April 28, 2009

As residents’ complaints continue to pile up over the yard waste component of the new automated collection system, the Central Okanagan Regional District board is trying to find solutions to their problems.

Fortunately, some good interim suggestions are coming from residents themselves, according to regional waste reduction supervisor Peter Rotheisler.

“One gentleman called to mention that his neighbourhood is going to pull together and pitch in to use a utility trailer,” said Rotheisler.

“All will have access to fill it up and then they’re going to contribute to whatever (costs) there are.”

Someone will haul the trailer out to the landfill as needed.

Meanwhile, in West Kelowna Estates, some neighbours are sharing carts or borrowing bins that aren’t being used, added Rotheisler.

Another option would be separating yard waste into equal loads throughout the year.

However, these solutions, some new and some old, are obviously not addressing everybody’s needs given the amounts of complaints still coming in, noted Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd.

“We’ve already got hundreds of bags sitting on the roadsides up in the south Mission right now.”

To that end, the regional board has asked Rotheisler to investigate the costs and feasibility of one region-wide “catch-up” collection, or a relief program for individual municipalities, to help those residents struggling to adjust.

However, Rotheisler notes that the spring/fall yard waste collection program of the past is gone for good and residents must seek environmentally friendly solutions to dispose of yard waste.

“We’re moving to a more equitable system than the old system where everybody would pay the same regardless of whether they used the system or not,” he continued.

“The new system gives everyone a more reasonable amount to pay and those with more (yard waste) pay more for what they use.”

Regional board chairman Robert Hobson said the regional district has been subsidizing people with large yards for years and will no longer be able to do so under automated collection.

That’s not easy for politicians and staff to tell people, in Kelowna and elsewhere, who live on large rural properties, said Shepherd.

OK Environmental Waste Systems, which runs the new automated waste system, does provide bags with special tags for $2.50 each, which residents can purchase, fill with additional yard rubbish and place at the curb.

Call 250-868-3211 for more information.

jluciw [at] kelownacapnews.com

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Board ponders need to revive yard waste program
Kelowna Capital News - By Jason Luciw - Published: March 24, 2009

A couple of oversights have caused a bit of backlash where the new automated waste collection system is concerned.

For starters, the Central Okanagan Regional District board heard Monday night that the semi-annual curbside pick up of yard waste should continue.

Spring and fall pickups were axed under the automated system because yard waste is now collected every second week from the start of spring to the end of fall.

Kelowna Mayor Sharon Shepherd said there is some anxiety among larger property owners, however, who are wondering what to do with all their added volume of yard waste.

West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater said not all residents are able to cart the yard waste to the dump because they came to rely on the semiannual collection.

“If they don’t have the (appropriate) vehicle to transport that for self haul it’s going to be a real problem,” stated Findlater.

When he called the operator to explain his concerns, Findlater said he was alarmed when a company employee told him to burn the yard waste.

“Just put a match to it,’ she said, twice, and we had quite a discussion about air quality and bylaws,” said Findlater.

Chairman Robert Hobson said regional district staff should definitely look at whether spring and fall yard waste pickup should carry on.

“I think we could continue to do that, at least for one more year, and see what the impact is,” said Hobson.

Regional district administrator Harold Reay said there is no money allocated in the budget to continue the program, however, he will bring a report back to the board for final budget deliberations Friday morning to see what the tax implications of continuing the program would be.

Meanwhile, Kelowna city councillor Graeme James raised another concern.

He’s been receiving calls from residents with long driveways who will face some difficulty getting the large carts to the curb.

Regional district spokesman Bruce Smith said solutions may be found online at www.regionaldistrict.com.

Residents can also call the regional district’s waste reduction office to try to come up with solutions at 250-469-6250, said Reay.

jluciw [at] kelownacapnews.com

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Environmental Management Act
[SBC 2003] CHAPTER 53
Part 1 — Introductory Provisions

Minister's authority
5 The duties, powers and functions of the minister extend to any matter relating to the management, protection and enhancement of the environment including, but not limited to, the following matters:

(a) planning, research and investigation in relation to the environment;
(b) development of policies for the management, protection and use of the environment;
(c) planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of works and undertakings for the management, protection or enhancement of the environment;
(d) providing information to the public about the quality and use of the environment;
(e) preparing and publishing policies, strategies, objectives, guidelines and standards for the protection and management of the environment;
(f) preparing and publishing environmental management plans for specific areas of British Columbia which may include, but need not be limited to, measures with respect to the following:
(i) flood control, flood hazard management and development of land that is subject to flooding;
(ii) drainage;
(iii) soil conservation;
(iv) water resource management;
(v) fisheries and aquatic life management;
(vi) wildlife management;
(vii) waste management;
(viii) air management.

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Local Government Act
[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 323
Part 24 — Regional Districts

Initiating a service review

813.04 (1) A participant may initiate a service review under this Division if all the following circumstances apply:

(a) the participant has been a participant in the service for at least 5 years or, if applicable, the shorter time period provided in the establishing bylaw for the service;

(b) the service has not been subject to a service review that was initiated within the past 3 years;

(c) the establishing bylaw does not include provisions under section 800.2 (1) (c.2) establishing an alternative review process;

(d) the participant considers that the terms and conditions of participation in the service are not satisfactory.

(2) To initiate a service review, a participant must give written notice to the board, all other participants in the service and the minister.

(3) The notice under subsection (2) must

(a) describe the terms and conditions of participation in the service that the participant finds unsatisfactory,

(b) give reasons, relating to those terms and conditions, as to why the participant wishes to initiate the service review, and

(c) describe how the participant has previously attempted to resolve the issues.

(4) A participant who wishes to initiate service reviews for more than one service must give separate notice under this section for each service.

(5) In the case of a service review in relation to the exercise of authority under letters patent, the minister may determine what is to be considered a separate service under that authority for the purposes of this Division.

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General Revenue Fund and General Capital Fund Details of Accounts for Westside Sanitary Landfill, Solid Waste Management, Solid Waste Collection, Recycling Program

2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2007 | 2008

There seems to be a lot of money spent on Comm. Education?

All years combined into one

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Someone wants to sell their garbage bill like on ebay ... anybody wanna buy it?  If you want to pay this bill for them please contact okanaganlakebc.ca

$185.33 = 3 years of the $40 annual utility bill gone onto the income tax.
click letter for larger print

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N.O.W.E.S.I. transfer station ( Sugar Loaf ) Draft Budget, Revenue and Expense accounts  This is all the draft budgets just for the N.O.W.E.S.I. (Sugar Loaf) transfer station from 2005 - until present (2009) all on one page, plus the Revenue and Expense amounts from 2002 - until part way through 2008.

For some reason there is a large jump in revenue in 2007

RDCO's email of Feb 16, 2006 states then that there were approx 710 paying users of Sugar Loaf and the latest email July 17, 2008 states there are approx 761 paying users in 2008.

$40 utility bull + $51.95 Waste/Environmt Mgt from 2008 rural property tax bull is = $91.95 per property x 761 properties contributing to Sugar Loaf = $69,974 which is suppose to go to pay for the Westside Landfill as well as N.O.W.E.S.I. (Sugar Loaf) and probably some other accounts too.  2007 garbage collection fee revenue at N.O.W.E.S.I. is reported as $75,266.  So where did the extra $5,292 come from?  $5,292 divided by $91.95 per property = 57.5 new properties contributing in 2007 compared to 2006????  Now have a look at the revenue for garbage collection fees at N.O.W.E.S.I. from 2002-2006  ... the revenue didn't change that much in those years compared to 2007.

Feb 16, 2006 email reply from RDCO communications co-ordinator in reply to an email okanaganlakebc.ca sent to RDCO Feb 10, 2006.

Q. how many homes in the North Westside pay the $40 annual utility fee for the Sugar Loaf transfer station?
A. There are currently 676 utility bills sent out for the use of that transfer station.  However some properties may have a second suite or mobile home etc. on their property, as a result they are billed for the appropriate additional users ... so there are presently 710 units contributing the transfer station fee.

 

Revenue used to finance regional district operations and services is generated through property taxes, fees and other charges. Unlike municipalities, regional districts are required to match the benefits and costs of its services to the people that benefit from the services. In other words, residents pay for what they get.

http://www.cserv.gov.bc.ca/lgd/pathfinder-rd.htm

 

N.O.W.E.S.I. transfer station $61,999 proposed budget for 2009
Regional District of Central Okanagan Draft Budget 2009 - Pie Chart breakdown.
click image above to read the whole preliminary budget on RDCO's website.

 

From this freedom of information request, we received the following information below.

General Revenue Fund - 097 - N.O.W.E.S.I. Transfer Station

Revenues

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Up to July? 2008
Garbage Collection Fees -45,354 -34,682 -47,457 -45,000 -41,804 -75,266 0
Garbage Tag Sales -93 0 0 0 0 0 0
Previous Years Surplus 16,540 3,348 2,195 0 -352 -1291 -17,837
Administration Overhead 1,419 1,560 1,571 2,237 2,386 3,706 0
TOTAL REVENUES -27,488 -29,773 -43,691 -42,763 -39,770 -72,851 -17,837
               
Expenses              
Contract Services 9,984 10,282 11,002 11,601 11,602 20,170 13,100
Insurance 1,133 2,303 1,851 2,740 173 -842 0
Office Supplies 216 162 159 129 0 0 0
Site Maintenance 2,733 1,181 13,105 2,244 3,351 6,830 3,605
Hauling Charges 14,270 15,540 17,574 25,698 23,352 28,857 8,950
Transfer to Equip. Rep. R 2,500 2,500 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL EXPENSES 30,836 31,968 43,691 42,411 38,479 55,014 25,656

Which this information above does not tell us the details of accounts but instead only shows the totals of the accounts.  So we still cannot tell where the jump in revenue came from in 2007.  So we asked RDCO by email for more detailed documents, and this below is the letter in reply that we received from RDCO.

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Looks like they transferred $25,000 to La Casa transfer station?

Westside Sanitary Landfill - General Capital Fund - 2007 Capital Budget notes $25,000 transfer station at La Casa
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LANDFILL - 2008 Budget notes - AWSR, transfer 25000 (did not get built in 2007 as we are waiting for approval for use of crown lands).
LANDFILL - 2008 Budget notes - AWSR, transfer 25000 (did not get built in 2007 as we are waiting for approval for use of crown lands).

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Communications Plan February 20, 2001

from page 2 of the .pdf document

2. Communication Goals
These are broad, general statements about what we are trying to achieve in all of our communications. Everything we do to communicate our messages about the Regional District’s programs, services, and activities should reflect these principles.

  • To effectively communicate to our communities in a timely, clear, and consistent manner in order to inform, educate, and involve

  • To be open, honest, and proactive in delivery of our messages and in encouraging participation from our various audiences

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from page 7 of the .pdf document

Action Plans:

Undertake surveys or utilize other research tools to determine what type of information our communities require and their preferred delivery options.

 

RDCO draft 2009 preliminary budgets and draft 2009 five year plans.

Item 3b Preliminary RDCO Financial Plan 2009-2013.pdf

RDCO - improve public image it says
click to read the entire document on RDCO's website

 

Liabilities for use of money contrary to Act
191 (1) A council member who votes for a bylaw or resolution authorizing the expenditure, investment or other use of money contrary to this Act or the Local Government Act is personally liable to the municipality for the amount.

 

From RDCO email back in Feb 2006 in regards to the questions asked February 13th, 2006:

12. Does N.O.W.E.S.I. Recycling Depot just apply to the recycling part of the dump or the whole thing?
The whole operation, garbage collection and recycling collection at the depot is under contract to the Regional District. As a result of your inquiries regarding utility billing charges, it appears there might be a discrepancy in utility bill rates charged for North Westside transfer station users...as it appears that users of that transfer station are getting both solid waste collection and recycling. However, they are only being charged the $40 annual fee for garbage collection, yet receiving recycling service as well at the North Westside transfer station. While ratepayers using the Traders Cove Transfer Station are also paying the utility bill fees of $40 annually for garbage collection and the additional $12 annual fee for recycling collection ($52 per year or $26 twice a year), this will now be reviewed by our staff regarding North Westside transfer station utility charges.


Please ignore previous email response to question 12 as under the contract with NWRA, the Regional District is paying the hauling fees of the recycling bins at the Sugar Loaf Transfer station through the parcel tax funding. The following response to question 12 is correct.
The whole operation, garbage collection and recycling collection  at the depot is under contract to the Regional District. The $40 annual utility bill fee for the transfer station remains in place, unchanged, as the contract with the North Westside Ratepayers says the Regional District will pay the hauling costs of recycling from the parcel tax levy. So at the present time under the existing contract there is no additional fee for recycling, it is covered through the funds collected from the parcel tax Waste Management levy.

 

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT AUTOMATED COLLECTION (Not for North Westside)
February, 2009

Tipping Fees at Landfill for Garbage: The tip fee for garbage has been transferred from the parcel tax to the utility bill. In past, the tipping fee of $27.71 (covers the cost of burying the garbage at the landfill) was included in the parcel tax. It is now part of the collection fee. This change has been made to make it more equitable. All parcels of land, including those not using the automated collection service, such as businesses, apartments and
transfer station users pay the same parcel tax. Yet these properties also pay for tipping fees when they take their garbage to the landfill. This way, tipping fees are included with collection making the program fairer for all.

Recycling Program Costs: The economic downturn means we don’t get as much revenue from the sales of our recycled materials, driving up the cost of the program. The parcel tax for 2009 will remain the same as in 2008 however it is being used to pay for loss in revenue as a result of the economic crunch. Our recyclables are no longer worth as much in the commodities markets, reducing the revenue that helped cover the costs of processing the recyclables. As a result, the parcel tax will stay the same.

20. Q. What if I want to opt out of the automated collection system and continue with manual collection?
A. Municipal and Regional District by-laws require that all single-family dwellings participate in the waste collection system. The City of Kelowna and the Districts of Peachland, Westside and Lake Country have a no opt out policy. In very exceptional situations, Regional District of Central Okanagan Electoral Area residents may be granted an exemption, however you cannot apply for this exemption until the roll-out of the automated collection program is complete in early June. For more information contact the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250 or recycle [at] cord.bc.ca.

 

June 23, 2008 email reply from RDCO

Regarding the Waste Reduction Program budget (Page 35 of the 2008-2012 Financial Plan) under the Revenue section, the $41,983 listed for parcel taxes is the amount provided by the two electoral areas for this (Central Okanagan East and West). In talking with Finance staff, the amount from Central Okanagan West will be $28,494.

Regarding the Solid Waste Collection Program budget (Page 36 of the Financial Plan) under the Revenue section, the $138,507 listed for parcel taxes is the amount provided by the two electoral areas for this (Central Okanagan East and West). In talking with Finance staff, the amount from Central Okanagan West will be $94,005.

Regarding the Recycling Program budget (Page 37 of the Financial Plan) under the Revenue section, the $46,862 listed for parcel taxes is the amount provided by the two electoral areas for this (Central Okanagan East and West). In talking with Finance staff, the amount from Central Okanagan West will be $31,805.

There are 3,126 parcels in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. The total parcel tax revenue for these three programs from the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area is $154,299 or 67.87% of the $227,352 total for these three programs from the two electoral areas. Central Okanagan East has 1,480 parcels contributing $73,053 or 32.13% of the total cost of the three programs parcel tax revenues.

 

This is what RDCO emailed me (probably in 2006) about the Waste/Environment Management tax rate that is automatically charged to everyone's property tax bill at the end of each year.

"As for the tax bill question for waste management charges, Finance
tells me that the figure is based on two things:  the number of parcels
and the actual budget amount required for Waste/Environment Management.
The figure is determined by dividing the number of parcels into the
amount required for the function Waste/Environment Management."
"The Waste/Environment Management charge funds the Westside Landfill,
Solid Waste Management, Solid Waste Collection and Recycling Programs
provided by the Regional District.  You can find the specific budget
items for these programs in the 2005-2009 Financial Plan on pages 34-37.
2005 - 2009 Budget and Financial Plan
http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/finance/2005FinPlan.pdf

 

July 2, 2008 email response from RDCO communications co-ordinator in reply to our questions:

Q. Are there any North Westside Road properties with homes that do not pay the utility bill for the Sugar Loaf or Traders Cove transfer stations and if so how many, and for what reasons do they not pay?
A. None…all properties with homes are required by bylaw to contribute.

Q. How many properties are there with homes on them in the North Westside Road area from Westshore Estates to Fintry?
A. I am sorry, but there is no one place to easily go to get the answer to this question. However, in discussing this with our Finance Department, in January, there were 761 properties billed for the North Westside Transfer Station utility fee. In January, there were 230 billed for Traders Cove Transfer Station. In each case, the vast majority have homes on them, but there are some property owners that have asked to pay the fee, even though they don’t have a home on the property in order to utilize the services of the transfer station.

Q. What does the characters N.O.W.E.S.I. mean? Is N.O.W.E.S.I. 2008 financial budget document include both the Traders Cove and Sugar Loaf transfer stations?
A. It is the acronym for No rth We st si de or NOWESI….regarding the second question, the NOWESI 2008 financial budget only covers the Sugar Loaf (North Westside) transfer station.

Q. N.O.W.E.S.I. Transfer Station (page 38)
Revenue $57,643
http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/finance/2008finplan.pdf
Where all does this Revenue $57,643 come from and can you send me some website links or files that shows me what exactly the 2007 revenues and expenses were for? I wish to see the details.
A.  Document 097 function attached.

Q. Your email said:
properties contribute to Sugar Loaf = 763
properties contribute to Traders Cove = 229
Total = 992 properties
992 properties x $40 year utility billing = $39,680
$57,643 revenue 2008 budget minus $39,680 revenue from utility bill = $17,963
Where does this extra Revenue come from??

A. These users as you know, are charged a combination of parcel taxes (which pay for all Solid Waste Management functions including Regional Waste Reduction Office and Westside Sanitary Landfill etc) and user fees through utility billing. The costs of the North Westside Transfer station are covered through a combination of revenue from the above, both parcel tax and utility billing.

Q. Approx. how many La Casa homes are now sold, do you know? 
A. Our Inspections Section provided me with this information. There have been a total of 236 dwellings and additions given building permits so far…dating back to February 2005 up to and including today (July 2nd 2008).

Q. If La Casa joins in the North Westside transfer station billing with a new transfer station at La Casa, will each and every one of the 497 La Casa lots automatically have to start paying the garbage utility bill $40.00 per year with lot sold or not as soon as we amalgamate, or will La Casa properties have to start paying the utility bill only at the time the lot is sold, or when will La Casa properties have to start paying the transfer station billing?
A. Once a final building inspection or occupancy permit is issued, whichever occurs first, the property would be added to the utility billing list in our Finance Department. Property owners can also apply at the transfer stations. These are the only two ways that utility billing fees occur. As stated in previous emails, the La Casa strata currently is not involved with the utility billing as it has a private contractor providing services.

 

Freedom of Information Request dated Feb 27, 2009
which this request was faxed to the fax number on RDCO's FOI form below (found in the upper right corner of the form below) due to the fact that RDCO informed us by letter that they will not accept emails anymore and actually blocked our email address.
Freedom of Information Request dated Feb 27, 2009 - N.O.W.E.S.I.. transfer station
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Another Freedom of Information Request dated Feb 27, 2009
asking RDCO for transaction details for accounts in other functions which would be related to the N.O.W.E.S.I. transfer station.
Another Freedom of Information Request dated Feb 27, 2009 asking RDCO for transaction details for accounts in other functions which would be related to the N.O.W.E.S.I. transfer station.
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What is the difference if we ask RDCO for the information by mail or fax or email, does RDCO think they will get less freedom of information requests?  These faxes are being popped in the mail after being faxed, just in case RDCO is refusing faxes as well.  RDCO did not say anything about refusing faxes in their letter dated Feb 24, 2009 just that they would not accept emails.

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Report Feb. 23, 2009

Proposed Zoning Bylaw Amendments
The Regional Board has given first reading to proposed amendments to Zoning Bylaw No. 871. The annual update includes text and mapping changes to reflect policy and development trends. Among the proposed amendments: a change to the F1 Forest Resource zone that would increase the minimum parcel size from four hectares to 30- hectares and a zoning change from P1 Park and Open Space to I-1 Light Industrial to allow installation of a new solid waste/recycling transfer station on a parcel adjacent to the La Casa Strata development off Westside Road.

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The La Casa online application to purchase the land for the transfer station shows the following on March 26, 2009:

NOTICE: No decisions have been made for this application at this time.

http://www.arfd.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/viewpost.jsp?PostID=9211

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Inside the front door of RDCO is a plaque from Glad garbage bags in appreciation of RDCO's blue bag recycling program.

Now RDCO is going from blue bags to bins, and is considering banning plastic shopping bags.

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Bylaw 580

Bylaw 580 Solid Waste Management Regulation - North Westside Road - Sugar Loaf Transfer Station

 

Garbage Collection User Rates Amendment Bylaw No. 876, 2000 - Amends Bylaw No. 581

Garbage Collection User Rates Amendment Bylaw No. 632, 1995 - Amends Bylaw No. 581

Garbage Collection User Rates Bylaw No. 581, 1993 - Amended By Bylaw No. 632 & No. 876 $40 Utility Bill

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/bylaws//Bylaws/Bylaw0581.pdf

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Garbage Disposal Letters Patent issued January 27th, 1970, January 7th, 1971 and
March 19th, 1974
(page 29)

This function provided for the operation and maintenance of the Westbank Sanitary Landfill which served most of the communities on the Westside of Okanagan Lake, including I.R. #9 & #10, and a user fee arrangement at the Kelowna Sanitary Landfill for the electoral areas on the eastside of Okanagan Lake. The Westside Sanitary Landfill has a long history of operation within the Westbank community. Initially this operation consisted of a pit and burn procedure on the site where the Kinsmen ball fields are presently located. This pit and burn operation was managed by the Westbank Irrigation District and looked after by long term Westbank resident, Sid Saunders. Upon closure of the pit and burn procedure, the Regional District operated a landfill on the same site until such time as sufficient space became a problem. The District then entered into a lease with crown land to establish a full sanitary landfill operation on its present day site on Asquith Road.

Prior to the implementation of this function, the Lakeview Irrigation District also operated a pit and burn site on the location where Brookhaven Westside Care Home is situated today. This pit and burn operation was also closed when the Westside Sanitary Landfill was established.

A garbage dump later to become landfill was operated on a site north of Killiney Beach on the west side of Okanagan Lake to serve Fintry, Ewing’s Landing, Valley of the Sun, Killiney Beach and West Shore communities. That operation was managed by long term resident, Jules Harvath. The Regional District experienced a lot of bear problems at this location and eventually it was closed in favour of locating the transfer station closer to the centre of the communities, and operated by a community association. A transfer station was also located at Traders Cover to provide a disposal site for residents generally within the Traders Cove and Lake Okanagan Resort areas.

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History Page 58

A Solid Waste Management Plan was required by provincial ministries in 1992. The
Regional District aggressively pursued preparation and implementation of the Plan,
becoming the first regional district in the Province to have an approved Plan which
worked towards the 50% waste reduction target. The Regional District is still very
progressive in its waste reduction programs, and is currently preparing an update to that
major plan, further refining programs and strategies to enhance the waste reduction
initiatives.

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Regional District of Central Okanagan
Governance and Services Committee
Agenda Feb 11, 2009

Item 3b Preliminary RDCO Financial Plan 2009-2013.pdf
RDCO draft 2009 preliminary budgets and draft 2009 five year plans.

N.O.W.E.S.I. (Sugar Loaf) Transfer Station Preliminary Draft Budget for 2009 - 2013

Preliminary Draft Budget 2009 for N.O.W.E.S.I. (Sugar Loaf) Transfer Station
click on document to read complete document on RDCO's website

Request for proposal for year round hazardous waste collection depot
to replace current one day "Round Ups".

This 2009 preliminary draft budget projects an increase in
garbage collection fees of $11,641
over and above the actual fees collected in 2008?

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Regional District of Central Okanagan
2008-2012 Five Year Program Budget Projections
N.O.W.E.S.I. Transfer Station (Sugar Loaf)
Preliminary Budget 2008 - 2012 N.O.W.E.S.I. transfer station
click Budget Projection above to read all budget projections
(123 pages) on RDCO's website

N.O.W.E.S.I. (Sugar Loaf transfer station) garbage collections fees

jumped $23,536 in one year from 2008 budget to the 2009 budget  

In case you are not familiar with the names above, the transfer station is located up the gravel road across Westside Road from the Evely forest campsite approx. which is about 1 km south of Westshore Estates and approx. 3 km's north of Killiney Beach.  Drive slow over the washboard gravel road for about 1 km and the transfer station is on your left.

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Regional District of Central Okanagan
2005 - 2009 Five Year Program Budget Projections

2005-2009 Financial Plan forthe NOWESI (Sugar Loaf) transfer station

a. increases in hauling charges mainly

Have a look at garbage collection fees in this budget
and then look at the garbage collection fees in budget 2008-2012 and Budget 2009-2013

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Can residents from other districts use the Armstrong dump on Power House Road or is this dump limited only to residents that live within the North Okanagan Regional District?

From RDNO:
The Regional District of North Okanagan has a policy to protect the capacity of our disposal facilities, therefore, unless there is compelling reason and the Regional Board approves the out of region use of our facilities, we do not allow material from outside our boundaries to enter our Recycling and Disposal Facilities (RDF), including the Armstrong/Spallumcheen RDF on Powerhouse Road. If you would like to review annual reports, refer to the RDNO Solid Waste Management Plan, or find other solid waste management information, please take a look at our web site: www.rdno.ca.

Is it true that the Power House Road dump is funded entirely by tipping fees and residents are not charged a fee on their property tax as well?

From RDNO:
The Armstrong/Spallumcheen RDF, as with the entire solid waste management program, is funded entirely through tipping fees received at the scale house and through customer accounts. Although there is no tax requisition used by the RDNO to operate the facilities, the member municipalities that use them may collect a service fee or use their tax requisition to recover costs from their residents. 

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Dumpster removal under attack
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - Published: March 10, 2009

Plans to remove dumpsters from downtown Vernon alleys is being trashed by some businesses.

On Monday, city council was told by three restaurants that getting rid of garbage bins in public alleys will create operational and financial challenges for them.

“I want council to take another look at this,” said Klaus Tribes, owner of KT’s Restaurant, who was also speaking for the Eclectic Med and Golden Crown.

The goal is to shift from dumpsters to daily trash collection as a way of improving public safety in alleys, but Tribes says his costs for waste pickup could go from $1,300 to $5,000 a year.

“I can’t afford that,” he said, adding that he will likely use part of his own property for a dumpster.

“I have the luxury of giving up a parking spot for a dumpster but other restaurants do not.”

Tribes is also concerned that there will be no trash collection on Sundays or that bags will be picked up before most restaurants open, meaning that they will have to store their waste inside.

“I have no room in the restaurant, nor do I want to keep it in the restaurant overnight because it will invite rodents,” he said.

However, the Downtown Vernon Association stands by its request to the city to remove dumpsters.

“We are committed to providing a safe and secure place for people to shop,” said Linda Topf, president.

Among the DVA’s concerns has been that dumpsters allow for criminal activity to occur in alleys and give people something to hide behind.

Topf admits, though, that getting rid of dumpsters will have financial implications for merchants.

“The program won’t fit everyone perfectly and we are willing to work with everyone,” she said.

The present target date for dumpsters to be gone from the public portion of alleys is April 6, but the DVA is asking the city to defer implementation until a commercial recycling service is in place.

The North Okanagan Regional District had been asked by the city to launch recycling for downtown businesses, but NORD has opted not to pursue that initiative.

“The city may have to look at delaying dumpster removal until recycling is sorted out,” said Earl Hansen, DVA executive director.

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Automated collector costs upsetting to councillor
Kelowna Capital News - News - Published: March 10, 2009

It’s taking everything within West Kelowna Coun. Rosalind Neis to keep from saying, “I told you so.”

While mayor of West Kelowna last year, Neis continually expressed opposition to the automated waste collection that the regional district was proposing.

She warned of higher costs that would likely come with the system. She also opposed the fact that residents like her, who were good at recycling and composting, could not opt out.

Now that the waste collection system’s costs are being reported and the bills to taxpayers are being revealed, Neis said she can’t help but be upset.

“Even to think about it makes my blood boil,” said Neis.

In Neis’ opinion, the regional district should have done a better job researching the pros and cons of the system.

The numbers provided to promote automated collection were spun to look as attractive as possible to get buy-in, Neis alleged. For example, she said she doubted a staff report that stated 94 per cent of those residents, who were involved in a pilot project, strongly supported the system.

“That’s crap,” Neis said. “The regional district worked (the survey) to make it attractive.

Fees will nearly double for waste collection in West Kelowna. Households that paid $121 last year will pay $231 this year.

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Automated waste collection rejected
By Jason Luciw - Kelowna Capital News - Published: March 10, 2009 

Westbank First Nation residents will watch from the sidelines as automated waste collection is rolled out elsewhere in the Central Okanagan.

WFN engineering and public works manager Trudy Peterson says the band briefly considered joining in with Kelowna, West Kelowna, Lake Country and Peachland. However, the band lacked the funds needed to hop on board and would have had to make a key structural change.

“We’re in a different place than other local governments,” said Peterson. “We don’t operate a public garbage collection system.”

Most developments on WFN land are stratified. Therefore, the band leaves it up to each strata to hire a private garbage collector, Peterson explained.

“We’re a relatively small organization and (garbage) would have been another department to take on and we were not ready to do that.”

The Central Okanagan Regional District, which coordinates most local waste operations, did ask the band to participate and provided regular updates on the implementation process.

At one point, the band showed interest because of the obvious benefits of the system, said Peterson.

Automated collection is less laborious. Fewer workers must be recruited to operate garbage trucks and heavy lifting injuries to employees are virtually eliminated, cutting down on sick leave and making service more reliable.

With that in mind, the band applied for federal gas tax funding to offset its start-up costs, said Peterson.

“We thought if that (grant) came in, it would really help with the capital. The cost was going to be huge,” she said.

When the grant was denied, the band accepted that it could not afford the bill, without having had enough lead time to build up its own reserves for costs like the purchase of all the special bins needed for the system.

Under the automated waste collection system, each participating municipality had to front the cost of the bins, three per residence, mostly through borrowing. The loans are being paid back over five years from user fees tacked on to garbage bills.

Meantime, the band is comfortable continuing with its current arrangement unless driven for some reason to make changes, said Peterson.

So far, taxpayers living on band land seem content without the automated service. Although a few inquiries have come in to the band, she mentioned.

“We’ve told our constituents that their private contractor might be interested in (adopting) the automated system and if so they should investigate what costs might be imposed.”

jluciw [at] kelownacapnews.com

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Findlater suspects citizens confuse dumping with littering
By Jason Luciw - Kelowna Capital News - Published: January 31, 2009

The results from a new citizens survey surprised Mayor Doug Findlater.

One subject in particular caught his attention—illegal dumping.

“I’m out in the bush every now and then, and on the back roads and side roads I don’t see a lot of illegal dumping in terms of garbage bags or couches and that kind of thing.”

The mayor said he wonders if people have lumped problems with highway litter in with illegal dumping because of a reference the survey made to a “cleaning program.”

“That wouldn’t surprise me,” said Findlater. “We see litter everywhere along our highways.”

Findlater has asked staff to “drill a little deeper” to determine if residents were actually referring to highway litter.

Another reason Findlater suspected highway litter was the real problem was a comment that judges from the national Communities in Bloom competition had made when they toured the municipality last summer.

He said litter was one of their issues.

Another oddity in the survey was a suggestion that the municipality spends too much money maintaining its soccer fields. The Constable Neil Bruce Soccer fields won a national award for turf management this year. The pitches are used for hundreds of games and practises from April to October.

Findlater speculated that the outcome may have had to do with the demographics of those returning the surveys.

“I think 50 per cent (of respondents) were over 45.”

As for the rest of the survey, the usual suspects turned up.

Residents said that the municipality needed to improve how it dealt with growth and development, sidewalk construction, protection of green space, bylaw enforcement, economic development and sewer extensions.

“They totally matched what (I heard), when I went door to door or stood in front of Save On Foods during the election campaign.”

In fact, Findlater called the lack of sidewalks a “glaring” problem. He said he heard from a man just this week who’s son was injured walking on the shoulder along Shannon Lake Road.

“People who want to bike or walk somewhere just really take their lives into their hands if they go onto an arterial road.”

The survey also said the municipality needed to spend less on its 18-month old arena. It’s no surprise given the facility’s much reported budget overruns.

“It’s fallout and there’ll probably be some more fallout as it goes along,” said Findlater. “The problem is (we’ve) made a huge investment in the arena and we have to invest a little bit more (on) the dry floor.”

jluciw [at] kelownacapnews.com

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** Note from okanaganlakebc.ca **
Maybe its Findlaters Municipality who are helping to dump along Westside Road?

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting – October 27, 2008
Proposed Waste Transfer Site Supported
The Regional Board has given conditional support to a FrontCounter BC referral application on behalf of the Strata Corporation for La Casa Resort. The strata applied for a crown land grant for two parcels totalling approximately 3.28-hectares adjacent to the resort for development of a solid waste transfer station facility, landscaping and a future park. The Board support is subject to the applicant and Regional District completing an agreement for the construction, operation and maintenance of the transfer facility and that the site be redesigned in the future land use plan of the North Westside Official Community Plan and rezoned to permit the proposed use.

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Board Minutes Oct 27, 2008
(from page 8)

d) Report regarding FrontCounter BC referral application for a Waste Transfer site and a park site located adjacent to the La Casa resort development (Strata Plan KAS2428). (CL-08-14) Central Okanagan West Electoral Area (All Directors)

Planning staff report dated October 17, 2008 provided the background for the FrontCounter BC referral application for a waste transfer site and park site located adjacent to LaCasa Resort Development. Staff reviewed the application.

#250/08 EDGSON/HANSON
THAT Front Counter BC referral application CL-08-14 for the owners of Strata KAS2428 (La Casa Lakeside Resort) for a Crown Grant be conditionally supported subject to the following:

-Applicant to continue to work with Regional District staff toward finalizing an agreement on the construction, operation and maintenance of the waste transfer station;

-That the waste transfer site be re-designated in the future land use plan of the North Westside OCP and rezoned to permit the proposed use;

-Approval from all other agencies/stakeholders included on the Provincial referral.
AND FURTHER THAT the Development & Environmental Services Department Report dated October 17, 2008 be forwarded to Front Counter BC for their information.

CARRIED

Oct 27, 2008 Board Agenda
Item 6.5d Front Counter BC Referral Application adjacent to La Casa Resort Development.pdf
Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Agenda regarding a new transfer station at La Casa

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To develop a waste transfer site and a park at La Casa.

Regional District of Central Okanagan Board Agenda October 27, 2008
Item 6.5d Front Counter BC Referral Application adjacent to La Casa Resort Development.pdf

The subject Crown parcels are designated Parks and Recreation in North Westside OCP Bylaw No. 785. this designation supports the proposed park site. The waste transfer station site will require rezoning and an amendment to the land use designation of the OCP. (page 2)

With respect to the proposed park site, the Strata President of KAS2428 has indicated that there are no immediate plans to develop a park. The Strata only wishes opportunity to perhaps carry out site improvements adjacent to their road right-of-way in the form of landscaping. (page 2)

An update report to the Regional District's Engineering Committee in March 2007 indicated that the La Casa Resort had not received title to the property and that construction would not commence until full legal authority of the property had been assigned. (page 2)

Special consideration needs to be given to the Strata Corp. administration and maintenance staff and to their rental management operators to access and use the waste transfer station on a more frequent basis. (page 3)

Likely open 4 days per week (ie. Sat, Sun, Tues, Thurs from 1-5 pm) - can be flexible to accommodate strata's needs and peak operating periods; (page 3)  (This just wouldn't be fair as RDCO refuses to be flexible with the rest of the Westsider's?  Is La Casa special and the rest of the Westside residents don't count?  Maybe La Casa could drive a few km's to meet in the middle?)

It is estimated that a second transfer station will cost approximately $25,000 to construct and $35,000/year to operate (one half-time staff and hauling and tipping fees). (page 13)

okanaganlakebc.ca note***
Are residents going to pay for the transfer station attendants flexible hours or is La Casa?

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting– October 27, 2008

Westside Sanitary Landfill Closure
The Regional Board has approved earlier than anticipated spending of some funds from the reserve account set aside for closure of the Westside Sanitary Landfill. With the growth that has been occurring on the Westside and with current solid waste disposal rates, it is now expected that the landfill will be closed and no longer accepting materials to be buried during 2010. As some areas of the landfill are nearing capacity, it is cost effective and easier to begin capping and closing these areas, while the contractor is working there, than it would be to delay the final closure measures and return to the area in 2011. In order to offset closure expenses this year, $100,000 that was to be spent in 2011 will be transferred from the landfill closure reserve fund.

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Yet Carol Suhan from the Regional District does say the monies were accepted in late fall 2006 (article above).

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.pdf icon September 10, 2009 Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes

Waste Reduction

5.3 Additional Yard Waste Collection Service Options and Costs Staff report dated September 10, 2009 provided an update on the yard waste collection service in 2009.

Staff noted that in addition to the Committee's report updated costs have been provided to municipal staff for consideration by municipal Councils for a one-time pickup.

The question was raised whether a similar option of providing additional yard waste containers in the member municipalities can be considered. Staff noted that it would be up to each municipality to make that decision as they have separate collection contracts and own their own carts.

#GS82/09 HODGE/SHEPHERD
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommends that the following resolution be DEFERRED to the September 21, 2009 Regular Board meeting for electoral area director consideration.

"THAT the Regional Board support that households on curbside waste collection within the Regional District electoral areas are able to acquire up to two additional 360 litre yard waste carts and service (March to November) to supplement their existing yard waste service."

CARRIED

#GS83/09 SHEPHERD/RULE
THAT each member municipality receive the September 10,2009 Additional Yard Waste Collection Services Options and Costs report;

AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board recommends Council and their staff from each member municipality review the information provided in the report to determine if they would like to supplement their service with a one-time unlimited collection of bagged yard waste or consider activation of extra carts.

CARRIED

Concern was expressed that a broader message is needed to communicate the issue of carts blocking bike lanes.

Communication staff have discussed the issue and a visitation program is occurring in the specific areas where the problem exists. Following that, if the problem continues, a further general communication program will occur.

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.pdf icon October 8, 2009 Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes

Engineering

5.5 Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Biosolids - Approval of funds to engage a consultant

The opportunity to participate in an Organic Recycling project (Ogogrow), presented itself to the Regional District in 2007. In 2008, $25,000 was committed to assist in funding the design to expand the expositing Ogogrow facility to accommodate anticipated volumes of RDCO biosolids produced at the WRWWTP.

The existing partnership between the City of Kelowna and the City of Vernon was to be expanded to include the RDCO as a capital partner. Unfortunately, in August 2009 Vernon City Council did not endorse the recommendation from City of
Vernon staff to accept RDCO as a partner on the expansion.

Currently, all biosolids produced at the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant are transferred to the Glenmore landfill in agreement with the City of Kelowna and the Ministry of Environment. This was due to the fact the Westside
landfill is moving forward with the closure plan and biosolids diversion is part of the
implementation of the plan for 2009. The City of Kelowna is also transferring a portion of biosolids to the Glenmore landfill, until the expansion at the Ogogrow site can accommodate all of the city's volumes.

Recently, City staff has advised the RDCO that the City of Kelowna has only a temporary Operating Certificate amendment to allow for disposal of sewage sludge until the end of the year. The extension will not be recommended beyond the time at which the Ogogrow facility expansion is completed.  RDCO staff has inquired whether the Ogogrow partnership will consider receiving Westside Treatment Plant biosolids as a tipping fee customer.

Staff recommends that the Regional District continue to investigate potential options and draft a Biosolids Management Plan recognized and approved by the MOE.

Discussion:
How do we establish best options when we don't know the tipping fee? There will likely be a recalculation of the tipping fee due to capital costs. Vernon has not agreed to take on any more tipping fee partners. We need to know if they will accept RDCO as a tipping fee partner.

May be other options currently not considered. Service partners have discussed the issue even though the impact for tipping fees is not known. A stand alone solution may be the option which will have to be considered.

#GS97/09 FIELDING/FINDLATER
THAT the Governance and Services Committee recommends to the Regional Board that funds up to $50,000 to be allocated from the approved Ogogrow Partnership budget of $500,000 to engage a consultant to research and report on options for biosolids produced at the WRWWTP including:

  • Transferring biosolids to the Ogogrow facility if acceptable to facility partnership

  • Investigating construction of an RDCO biosolids handling and processing facility

  • Partnering with private sector on construction of a facility capable of treating biosolids

  • Acceptance of transfer of biosolids to other existing facilities

AND THAT there be ongoing engagement of service partners throughout the process;

AND FURTHER THAT the Development and Environmental Services Department engage a consultant to draft a Biosolids Management Plan to be approved by the Ministry of Environment within the same project;

AND FURTHER THAT staff forward an application to the Ministry of Community and Rural Development, Infrastructure Planning Grant Program to be considered in the next round of applications.

CARRIED

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August 13, 2009 - Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes

7. Development & Environmental Services Engineering

7.1 Ogogrow Facility Partnership

Staff report dated August 13, 2009 outlined the background of discussions which have been occurring since 2007 regarding the possibility of becoming a partner in the Ogogrow facility with the City of Kelowna and the City of Vernon. Based on preliminary numbers the Regional District would be required to contribute approximately $1.7 million towards the capital costs of the facility. The funding has been identified in the 5-year financial plan. Although the City of Kelowna has agreed to the Regional District's participation, the City of Vernon will be required to exercise their option whether to allow the Regional District to be included as a full partner.

Chair Hobson noted that yesterday the City of Vernon Council agreed not to accept the Regional District as a partner but agreed to the District coming on board as a 'tipping fee user' (paying per tonnage). City staff have been working with Vernon on operational issues for a number of months and that new equipment has recently been put in place to address issues at the facility.

Staff will now review what options are available to the Regional District and report back to the Committee. It was suggested that City staff should be asked to provide an update and possible tour of the facility in order to inform the Board how the
facility operates.

#GS70/09 FIELDING/OPHUS
THAT the Governance and Services Committee receive the information on the Ogogrow Facility Partnership dated August 13, 2009;

AND FURTHER THAT staff be directed to report on the options available to the Regional District and the associated costs;

AND FURTHER THAT the City of Kelowna be requested to provide an overview to the Governance and Services Committee on the Ogogrow facility including a possible tour of the facility.

CARRIED

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August 13, 2009 - Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes

Waste Reduction

7.2 Update on Automated Waste Collection

Peter Rotheisier, waste reduction coordinator, provided an update on the automated waste collection program highlighting the recent issues with the program:

  • Rollout continues. 49,000 households have received their carts, approximately 2,000 remain. Rollout will be complete by the end of August.

  • Shortage of carts has been determined, correct numbers were ordered but the proportions ended up being incorrect. RDCO, Lake Country and Peachland were under budget for the original order: West Kelowna and Kelowna will need
    to fund the additional carts required.

  • Reasons for the shortage were explained ie: not as many change-outs from standard carts and there are more secondary suites than expected (many unknown and illegal),

  • Carts in bike lanes continue to be a challenge, Further communication is being done, door-to-door volunteer approach will be implemented,

  • Yard waste report will be coming forward in September.

  • Call volumes have dropped down.

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Waste problem not wanted in district
By Jennifer Smith - Vernon Morning Star - Published: December 19, 2008

Coldstream feels Vernon is dumping their poopy problems on them.

The City of Vernon will be trucking three to four loads of sewer biosolids a week to the landfill.

The material is generally taken to the Ogogrow fertilizer plant in the Commonage but the city is trying to reduce production there to get a handle on an odour problem.

“All it is doing is moving the problem closer to Coldstream,” said Coun. Doug Dirk.

A better solution, he says, is the fertilizer plant needs to be built with an increased capacity so it can handle the loads from Vernon and Kelowna (both of which own the facility).

“I don’t think that plant has ever worked the way it was supposed to,” said Coun. Pat Cochrane, who is familiar with the situation as a former Vernon councillor.

Approval of dumping biosolids at the landfill is still needed from the Ministry of Environment, and the North Okanagan Regional District is insisting other alternatives to dumping be the material be researched.

It was also suggested that since 70 per cent of the waste from the biosolids facility comes Kelowna, that they be the ones to take the sludge.

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Biosolids headed for the dump
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - Published: December 11, 2008

A situation that’s been causing a stink for some residents could now be dumped on the regional district.

On Wednesday, the North Okanagan Regional District board agreed to a City of Vernon request to truck three to four loads of sewer biosolids a week to the landfill. The material is generally taken to the Ogogrow fertilizer plant in the Commonage but the city is trying to reduce production there to get a handle on an odour problem.

“There is more product going into the facility than it can handle,” said Wayne Lippert, a NORD director and Vernon’s mayor.

“We need to get it (material) down to a level it was designed for so we can prove it can handle that amount.”

If no odour occurs under reduced production for six months, the cities of Vernon and Kelowna – which own the plant – would then move ahead with expansion to handle increased loads of biosolids.

The odour from the facility has drawn fire from many nearby residents.

“If you get a whiff of it, it’s kind of ugly,” said director Jack Gilroy, who also sits on Vernon council.

Under the deal with NORD, disposal of the biosolids at the Greater Vernon landfill will continue for six months, with a further extension of six months possible. About $1,000 a load would be paid in tipping fees.

However, Ministry of Environment approval is still required and NORD is insisting that other alternatives to dumping the material be researched.

Will Hansma, Spallumcheen director, suggested that the biosolids could be spread out on farmer’s fields as a source of fertilizer.

“What a waste, what a waste,” he said of taking the material to the landfill.

The only opposition to Vernon’s request for access to the landfill came from Doug Dirk, Coldstream director.

“Once we head in this direction, the need to find alternate solutions drops away. I don’t want this to be the solution,” he said of the landfill

The biosolids facility became operational in 2006, and 30 per cent of the volume comes from Vernon and the rest from Kelowna.

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Jim Edgson website plus newspaper article spreading false rumour

This is a Vernon Morning Star article published November 19, 2008 regarding water for Upper Fintry and Valley of the Sun.

okanaganlakebc.ca feels Jim Edgson is spreading false rumour by way of his personal website www.edgson.ca in the November 2008 newsletter, as well as by way of the Vernon Morning Star article below.  Dec 8, 2008 we sent an email asking Jim Edgson to correct his website, so Jim may have changed it now.

im Edgson newspaper article regarding Valley of the Sun and Upper Fintry is not exactly true.
click article to read larger print

Jim Edgson's website states the following:
"The North Westside Water Feasibility Study for Upper Fintry and Valley of the Sun was initiated in November of 2007 and has been ongoing since."

Is Jim Edgson trying to tell people that he was elected in November 2007 election and that he initiated these water studies when he was elected, because that is what it looks like.

okanaganlakebc.ca would like to bring to your attention when the North Westside Water feasibility studies were actually initiated as stated on the Regional Districts website. http://www.regionaldistrict.com/departments/engineering/engineering_studies_casalomalakeviewsewer.aspx

In the spring of 2007, responding to several requests, the Regional District of Central Okanagan began a process to investigate the feasibility of establishing a water service for residents of Upper Fintry and Valley of the Sun. The Fintry Delta area has been included in the study area because of its proximity to the neighbouring areas. A consultant was contracted for the study to provide recommendations for the best approach to service existing lots with water.

In September 2007, a Water Study was completed by Agua Consulting Inc. The Regional District sent a letter to area residents informing them that the study has been completed and was available for viewing.

It is also stated in this same newspaper article above that Jim Edgson initiated the garbage study at La Casa ... maybe that part about La Casa is true but the people here initiated RDCO to finally get up off their duff and do something about the garbage problem as residents have been waiting for more transfer stations as stated in the 1999 Official Community Plan of the North Westside Road area back in 1999. The Regional District sent out a solid waste survey to residents in approx. August 2006 regarding garbage transfer stations only after the Regional District received a petition from residents .... so really residents initiated the garbage study as well as the water study.

Now did Jim Edgson tell the newspaper reporter Richard Rolke that he initiated these studies or did Richard Rolke just make that up for the hell of it!  Our perception is the former.

If you want to know the truth, it has been Jim Edgson who has been dragging this on costing residents money to haul their water at about $200 per month and sitting on the study by Summit Environmental completed July 23, 2008 until the latest meeting Dec, 4, 2008.

There was at the beginning, a Valley of the Sun water committee, but we don't know what ever happened to them.  The water committee have done nothing and let Jim Edgson do nothing.  Now at the Dec 4, 2008 water meeting Jim Edgson hand picked a steering committee (which included some of the members from the first Valley of the Sun water committee) and they haven't given out any contact information.  okanaganlakebc.ca believes a new water committee with new members should be sought, and a committee that Jim Edgson does not hand pick.

This Regional District Memo from March 23, 2006 states who initiated the garbage transfer station, only it wasn't going to be at La Casa.  This memo talks about a transfer station at Valley of the Sun but residents petition asked for smaller transfer stations at each subdivision.
March 2006 La Casa Transfer Station Memo to Engineering Committee from Waste Reduction Office
There were 68 properties and not just residents that signed this petition, plus this petition was not circulated at Westshore, or Killiney Beach.
click memo for larger print

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Governance & Services Committee Meeting Minutes - October 9, 2008 (Pg. 7-8)

7.4 Amendment to RDCO Solid Waste Management Bylaw to reflect the change to an automated waste collection system.

Staff updated the Committee on the need for amendments to the solid waste management bylaw due to changes to an automated waste collection program.

- The exact cost for automated collection need to be confirmed before the bylaw comes forward to the Board for approval.

Program changes with the automated system include costs for;

  • Introducing a pay as you go system ie: if you need larger containers you would pay for it. There will be an opportunity to change the size of the cart one time for no charge.

  • Option to purchase Tag-a-Bag to increase to $2.50 per tag.

  • Changes to Schedule F to encourage business to separate their recyclables. Reintroducing a handling fee to haulers.

- It was noted that there may be a need to extend yard waste pickup depending upon the weather. Currently the pickup time is March thru to November.

- The bylaws are mirror bylaws with each municipality. A technical committee has reviewed changes to the bylaw and final vetting is now being done.

- It was noted that the grant application to UBCM for the purchase of the carts has been turned down. Staff are attempting to determine why the grant was denied.

ACTION: Staff to review all wording in the bylaw before proceeding.

REID/EDGSON

THAT the report on amendments to the RDCO Solid Waste Management Bylaw to reflect changes to an automated waste collection system be received.

CARRIED

7.5 Memorandum of Understanding between the Regional District of Central Okanagan and member municipalities for the Regional Waste Reduction Office to provide cart inventory control and marketing services for automated collection program.

C. Suhan noted that in 1999 the regional district and member municipalities signed an MOU for the regional waste reduction office to provide and adminster the recyclables collection service. Due to changes in the program with the automated collection system it is necessary to move forward with a revised MOU. There is no financial impact with signing the MOU.

It is recommended that the Regional District waste reduction office maintain the inventory of all the carts. As a central location is deemed to be the best option for distributing the carts, the technical committee is recommending using the old KSS site for this purpose. There will be a cost of $59,000 incurred to prepare the site for distribution. This cost will be allocated evenly to the partners. The site will be used for approximately a five month period while the carts are being distributed.

Upon review of the draft MOU it was recommended that staff review the wording of the agreement as well as delete the number of recycling depots in the agreement.

GIVEN/EDGSON

THAT the Governance and services Committee recommend that the Regional Board approve the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the Solid Waste Curbside Collection Services;

AND FURTHER THAT staff forward the MOU to member municipalities for their approval.

CARRIED

C. Suhan circulated a draft budget for the automated waste collection program roll-out for 2009. As she is leaving the Regional District a draft budget was circulated for the Committee's information.

EDGSON/REID

THAT the Governance and Services Committee receive the draft 2009 budget for the solid waste management function, automated waste collection program roll-out and refer the document to future budget discussions.

CARRIED

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Could this be a local government election ploy in Central Okanagan West??

Transfer station looms for area
By Richard Rolke - Vernon Morning Star - Published: October 31, 2008

It may eventually be easier for some North Westside residents to get rid of their garbage.

On Monday, the Central Okanagan Regional District board gave conditional support to a land transfer that would allow a solid waste transfer station to be constructed at La Casa Resort.

“There’s been phenomenal growth in the area and this would help residents of Valley of the Sun, Upper Fintry and La Casa,” said Jim Edgson, North Westside electoral director.

“This would be a regional district and it would be the second one in the area.”

Currently, there is a transfer station at Killiney Beach but a new facility would provide easier access for residents at the south end of the North Westside community to dispose of trash.

From the transfer stations, the waste is then hauled to CORD’s landfill in Westbank.

La Casa Resort’s strata corporation has applied to the provincial government to purchase two parcels of land totalling 3.28 hectares for a transfer station and for future park.

CORD’s approval for the land transfer is subject to La Casa and the regional district reaching an agreement for the construction, operating and maintenance of the transfer station.

And Edgson is confident that a final deal can be reached.

“We’ve got everything laid out and we’ve got all of the architectural plans,” he said. “We want to make sure it fits in with the architectural style of La Casa.”

The property would also be the focus of a land use redesignation in the North Westside official community plan and rezoning would be required before construction could begin.

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The Regional District may have ok'd this transfer of crown land but according to the Integrated Land Management Bureau's website, the ILMB HAS NOT granted La Casa a decision to purchase the crown land for the new transfer station and park of 3.280 Hectares as yet. The ILMB website says "NOTICE: No decisions have been made for this application at this time." You can see for yourself if you search ILMB website database for La Casa Strata KAS2428 or file: #3402164
http://www.arfd.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/viewpost.jsp?PostID=9211

La Casa has been using the location for the new transfer station for their own building material waste. I believe La Casa has a 30 year lease for this land. If you want to see photos of this location and the building material waste dumped on the ground then click on this link and scroll down a little bit to see the photos.
http://www.okanaganlakebc.ca/community/personal/westside_road/garbage.htm

Meanwhile residents of the North Westside have been waiting for a second transfer station since 1999 according to the North Westside Official Community Plan of that era. This La Casa transfer station has been in the works for the past 2 years. At one point it said in the Vernon Morning Star that the La Casa transfer station would open early 2007 LOL!! I believe this is an election ploy. Jim Edgson wants everyone to believe they are getting a transfer station when in fact the transfer station may not get built if the ILMB does not grant permission to La Casa to purchase the land. La Casa at one point let their land application lapse and re-applied just Feb 28 2008 according to the ILMB website.

With respect to the proposed park site, the Strata President of KAS2428 has indicated that there are no immediate plans to develop a park. The Strata only wishes opportunity to perhaps carry out site improvements adjacent to their road right-of-way in the form of landscaping.
You can read about La Casa's park at this link:
http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/boards_committees/agnd/2008 Agendas/08_10_27/Item 6.5d Front Counter BC Referral Application adjacent to La Casa Resort Development.pdf

Jim Edgson is our current dictator, whoops Director for Central Okanagan West, but I surely won't be electing him! I will be voting for Dave Robertson who believes that the land for a new transfer station should be owned by the Regional District and not La Casa Lakeside Cottage Resort strata and then leased to the Regional District. Dave Robertson who was a firefighter for 15 years knows a lot more about the Pine Beetle and the forest than Jim Edgson a retired oil field worker who has has no plan in place for the beetle kill yet! He even said a tree fell on the road behind him as he was travelling down the road LOL!! Hint Hint!!

On another note**** RDCO's website says: .....to subdivide the Lake Okanagan Resort property into two lots; one of approximately 7.65 ha and a remainder lot of 22.35 ha is size.
The purpose of the subdivision is to reduce exposure to property transfer tax in British Columbia.
http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/boards_committees/agnd/2008 Agendas/08_10_27/Item 6.7a Development Variance Permit VP-08-12 Lake Okanagan Resort.pdf

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CURBSIDE COLLECTION on garbage day looks like HECK!

Carol Suhan (Regional District of Central Okanagan Waste Reduction Manager) speaking in the Castanet.net forum defending garbage collectors and the ways in which they do and don't do their job.

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Placing a transfer station near an electrical source and near sight of the travelling public will reduce vandalism, fire bugs, etc..  A motion sensor camera could replace the fulltime transfer station attendant with a part-time transfer station attendant and will reduce everyone's cost over the long term.  Having La Casa properties contributing to both the proposed transfer station at La Casa and Sugar Loaf at the moment if there are only 250 homes build so far at La Casa is 250 x $40.00 utility bill is equal to $10,000 which doesn't exactly cover the cost of a full-time attendant.

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Sinking bridge makes Okanagan Lake a landfill
Kelowna Capital News - Letters - Published: October 04, 2008

To the editor:

Highways Minister Kevin Falcon wants to use Okanagan Lake as a landfill site for the old bridge.

Bid documents show the bridge contractors knew the plan to sink the bridge may not be acceptable. Contractors have contingency plans for various on-land disposal options. They should use them—not the lake.

It is the government that wants to sink the bridge in order to save money—not the contractor.

Drinking water reservoirs require protection from waste dumping activities and should not be used for landfill projects.

Tell Minister Falcon and local MLAs Sindi Hawkins and Al Horning that drinking water from landfill sites is unacceptable. If you don’t, they will tell us to drink from our toilets in order to save money on sewer infrastructure costs.

Richard Drinnan,
Kelowna

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LA CASA TRANSFER STATION

RDCO’s email said the LA CASA transfer station is proposed to be located and built on the lower side of the hill from Westside Road and at the far south side of La Casa (Kelowna side) where there is currently a huge pile of building material waste on crown land which has partially been on fire before. At the pullout right there beside Westside Road, there is a load of dirt with some wood debris mixed in with the dirt just dumped over the edge of the pullout, not to mention the garbage bags tossed over the bank at the pullout as well. La Casa is using the crown land that they are currently applying for to store their building material waste. La Casa is using this land, but we are not able to use it? Does that anger you? Did you know that it is illegal to dump on crown land without permission?

Crown land adjudicator from Kamloops said that La Casa Strata applied for this transfer station crown land back in approx. 2006, but then La Casa let the crown land application lapse and then again La Casa Strata re-applied to purchase this transfer station crown land on Feb 28, 2008 according to the online version of the crown land application database. Kamloops senior land adjudicator Jerry Johnson said that no decision has been made on La Casa’s crown land application yet Aug 2008. La Casa’s crown land application does not mention anything about a transfer station according to Kamloops crown land senior adjudicator Jerry Johnson 250-377-7027, as he said he knew nothing about it. La Casa’s crown land application does state transportation/roadway on the online version of the crown land application database. Jerry Johnson said that Regional Districts usually apply for crown land themselves and that others don’t usually apply for crown land for Regional District’s use.

It said on the front page of the North Westside Communities Newsletter of December 2005:
QUOTE: “North Westside Youth Clean-up Project - Six tons of illegally dumped garbage was collected from the roadway at the base of Sugar Loaf Mountain behind the transfer station.”

It also said on another page (page 4) in the North Westside Communities Newsletter of December 2005:
QUOTE: “The annual cleanup of Westside Road, now in it’s 10th year, saw over 30 volunteers join together to collect over 2 pickup loads and 37 bags of garbage.”

It said in the Vernon Morning Star page A23 October 8, 2006:
QUOTE: “The plan is to construct the second transfer station at the La Casa Resort, just south of Fintry, by early 2007.”

It said in the North Westside Communities Newsletter of December 2006:
QUOTE: “Carol Suhan, from the Regional District of Central Okanagan reports she is satisfied with the progress of the new community Transfer Site at La Casa. The Strata Council at La Casa has given the go ahead for the Transfer Site. The design for the site is complete and once all of the final documentation is obtained, the new transfer site will be up and running soon after.”

It said in the North Westside Communities Newsletter of March 2007:
QUOTE: “The La Casa waste transfer station is waiting for the Province. An application was made to purchase the land from the Province. The monies were accepted by the Province in late fall 2006, the La Casa Strata still has not received title. The survey and drawings are complete and once the La Casa Strata receives the title, the RD will proceed with the lease and build the transfer station.”

It said in the North Westside Communities Newsletter of June 2008:
QUOTE: “Waste Reduction Manager, Carol Suhan, was pleased to have something to report. A group from the Regional District met with a group from the La Casa strata who outlined a number of concerns/issues they would like addressed and/or defined prior to giving strata approval and leasing the property to the Regional District.
Suhan stated, “Most of the points outlined are easily addressed and should not be a hindrance to building the station.” The RD is now preparing responses to some of the strata’s queries and developing a time line and potential work plan. If all goes well the new station could be open as early as spring of 2009.”

It also said in the North Westside Communities Newsletter of June 2008:
QUOTE: “In 1998, 21 people collected a total of 39 bags. This year 30 residents covered the 15 kms of road and picked up 90 bags of garbage.”

This year 30 residents covered the 15 kms of road and picked up 90 bags of garbage

 

Sept 21, 2008
Major restructuring of RDCO from 200 employees down to 105.
CORD has re-organized major departments article from Sept 2008
(click article to read larger print)
Specific studies that are underway are the North Westside transfer station for garbage and water in the Upper Fintry/Valley of the Sun area.

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Engineering Committee Minutes March 23, 2006 - page 3

It was recommended that the new community association be consulted.

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MINUTES OF MEETING NO. 3
PROJECT NAME: Regional Solid Waste Management Plan Update: Public Advisory Committee Meeting
LOCATION: Regional District of Central Okanagan office,
1450 KLO Road, Kelowna
DATE OF MEETING: April 4, 2006 DATE: April 17, 2006

Concern voiced over City pursuing a bioreactor landfill without any public consultation.

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Engineering Committee Meeting Minutes - January 18, 2007 - page 2-3

Carol updated the committee on the Year End Report on Garbage, Yard Waste and Recycling Collection Volumes, Plastics and Glass Recycling, Research for Garbage and Recycling Collection RFP, North Westside Transfer Station, Regular Programming and Garbage and Recycling Collection, as per her report.

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ENGINEERING COMMITTEE MINUTES October 6, 2005 - page 5

15th Annual Hazardous Waste Round Up – Oct.1, 2005
° Very successful – 33% increase in volume but as a result there was a long waiting time with 150 vehicles idling.

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d) Siting

It appears that the trend to site transfer stations in low profile areas is slowly reversing itself, as solid waste managers site transfer stations in more visible locations. Placing a station near a frequently visited facility, such as a store or community centre, will reduce the need for a full-time attendant. A high volume of visitors to the area tends to encourage a tidy and well-used facility.

e) Staffing

Staff at a transfer station allows the implementation of separation and reduction initiatives, the keeping of a tidy site, the charging of tipping fees, the use of a weigh scale, and fosters good public relations. The disadvantage of staffing a facility is the cost. However, at unstaffed facilities, there is the potential for illicit dumping, and tipping fees cannot be charged. Coin operated gates have been considered in the interior, but they do not address the problem of dumping of undesirable wastes, nor do they allow for payment on the basis of volume dumped. Another suggestion was to begin by staffing a transfer station, but phase it out as the public becomes accustomed to the facility. The size of the facility, the location, and the service population are all influencing factors. Note* In small communities, the tight-knit attitude of the population can ensure proper use and tidiness instead of an attendant.

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With the new carbon tax and the increase in the price of fuel, some people on limited incomes cannot afford to drive to the transfer station once per week.

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Transfer Station comments emailed to us starting July 2008

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Is this where the new transfer station at La Casa is going??

This gate is found on the south side of La Casa towards Kelowna along Westside Road
This gate is found on the south side of La Casa towards Kelowna along Westside Road.  You can see a couple of La Casa homes in this photo.

 

Large pile of waste debris at the south end of La Casa which has been on fire at one point.
This wood pile dump is located half way down the gravel road from the green gate in the photo above.  Looks like they had a fire.  And there are garbage bags mixed in with this large pile of waste debris.

Here is a closer look at the burnt rocks and wood that are in the photo above.
La Casa fire pit

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ENGINEERING COMMITTEE MINUTES October 6, 2005 - page 4

AND FURTHER THAT an independent consultant be retained to complete an analysis of how fire protection can best be provided for the currently unprotected lands between the Wilsons Landing and North Westside Road Volunteer Fire Departments;

 

Map of North Westside Road Fire Service Area.
Map of North Westside Road Fire Service Area
(click map for larger image)

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4.3 Supervision

Operating staff should inspect every transfer station at least once per week. Stations receiving 1,000 tonnes/year or more of waste should provide an operator on site during operating hours. Facilities receiving 5,000 tonnes/year or more should employ staff at the scale house and on the tipping floor or in the bin area at all times during operating hours

RDCO - Total Waste Disposed (tonnes) page 29-30
  2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Glenmore Landfill
(expected to close 2045)
96,654 102,377 108,611      
Westside Landfill
(expected to close 2012)
20,907 30,498 28,243      
Central Okanagan Regional District 76,376 84,992 82,542      

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Guide to the Preparation of Regional Solid Waste Management Plans by Regional Districts — Part II

90. Collection / Transfer System
(6) The fear of unauthorized dumping has usually proved unwarranted, particularly where the user-pay program has been preceded by an effective promotional campaign.

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/mpp/gprswmp2.html#s90

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Local governments should be aware of the Provincial Rural Waste Management Financial Assistance Program. Under this program, a portion of the initial capital cost of transfer stations can be considered for by the province as follows:

1. Up to one third of the initial capital cost, to a maximum of $30,000, to close an existing inappropriate rural landfill and replace it with a transfer station.

2. Up to one third of the initial capital cost, to a maximum of $20,000, to install a transfer station at a new site.

Another aspect that should be considered by local government includes establishing a partnership with the private sector. The extent of the partnership could vary from an equipment supply contract to a build/own/operate/transfer (BOOT) contract. Under a BOOT contract, a private contractor would be responsible for construction and operation of the transfer station for a fee.

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Guidelines for Establishing Transfer Stations for Municipal Solid Waste

4.OPERATIONAL GUIDELINES
4.1 Prohibited and Difficult Wastes
Only small transfer stations, accepting less than 1,000 tonnes/year, should be allowed to operate without staff during operating hours, a privilege that should be rescinded if problems develop.
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/mpp/gfetsfms.html#41

4.3 Supervision
Operating staff should inspect every transfer station at least once per week. Stations receiving 1,000 tonnes/year or more of waste should provide an operator on site during operating hours. Facilities receiving 5,000 tonnes/year or more should employ staff at the scale house and on the tipping floor or in the bin area at all times during operating hours.

Even at the smallest stations, staff are required on at least an intermittent basis to ensure that prohibited wastes are not being dumped, that the facility is functioning properly, and that the site is being kept clean.
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/mpp/gfetsfms.html#43

4.6 Site Tidiness
Litter at small unstaffed stations should be cleaned up at least once per week. Cleanup at stations with permanent staff should be done every operating day, or as required. Staffed stations with weigh scales should consider charging users an additional fee if they arrive with improperly secured or improperly covered loads.
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/mpp/gfetsfms.html#46

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Guidelines for Establishing Transfer Stations for Municipal Solid Waste

5.4 Financing Transfer Stations

There are a number of ways for local government to finance solid waste management functions including waste transfer via transfer stations. They include general revenue and user fees (uniform fees or sub-area/facility specific fees). Implementation of a true user fee system, which would promote the 3 R's by users, will require facility staffing during operating hours. A modified user fee system would be a fixed charge per user, regardless of the extent or frequency of use. This could be done, for example, by issuing keys to the transfer station gate to local area users, or by using a card lock system, and charging an annual fee to the users who receive keys or cards.

Local governments should be aware of the Provincial Rural Waste Management Financial Assistance Program. Under this program, a portion of the initial capital cost of transfer stations can be considered for by the province as follows:

1. Up to one third of the initial capital cost, to a maximum of $30,000, to close an existing inappropriate rural landfill and replace it with a transfer station.

2. Up to one third of the initial capital cost, to a maximum of $20,000, to install a transfer station at a new site.

Another aspect that should be considered by local government includes establishing a partnership with the private sector. The extent of the partnership could vary from an equipment supply contract to a build/own/operate/transfer (BOOT) contract. Under a BOOT contract, a private contractor would be responsible for construction and operation of the transfer station for a fee.

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/mpp/gfetsfms.html#54

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December 2006 North Westside Communities News on page 4 states the following:
Carol Suhan, from the Regional District of Central Okanagan reports she is satisfied with the progress of the new community Transfer Site at La Casa.
The Strata Council at La Casa has given the go ahead for the Transfer Site. The design for the site is complete and once all of the final documentation is obtained, the new transfer site will be up and running soon after.
The contract for managing the two sites, La Casa and Sugar Loaf, has not been ratified yet. It is expected everything will be in place for the New Year.

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March 2007 North Westside Communities News on page 4 stated the following:
The La Casa waste transfer station is waiting for the Province. An application was made to purchase the land from the Province. The monies were accepted by the Province in late fall 2006, the La Casa Strata still has not received title. The survey and drawings are complete and once the La Casa Strata receives the title, the RD will proceed with the lease and build the transfer station.

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RDCO does not have a lease agreement for La Casa transfer station June 2008.
This note in the Communities News June 2008 states that the Regional District does not have a lease agreement as of yet.

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Is this where the new La Casa transfer station is going?

La Casa Strata KAS2428 is applying for 3.28 HECTARES of crown land.  La Casa wants to purchase the land from the government.  After La Casa receives title to this land, La Casa can do what it wants with the land.  Is this the land meant for the new La Casa transfer station?
click map for more detail

Here is another map of the Ridgeview (La Casa) Fire Protection Area

Area Size of La Casa +/- 38.07 Hectares (page 2)

La Casa Strata KAS2428, File #3402164, applied Feb 28, 200 to purchase 3.28 HECTARES of crown land.  Here is a link to the crown land application on the ILMB website.  La Casa strata wants to purchase this DL 5266 together with Blocks B, C, And D of District Lot 3542 crown land from the government.  After La Casa receives title to this land, La Casa can do what it wants with the land include putting a transfer station on it. According to the ILRR websites map it shows that there is protected area surrounding La Casa's crown land application.  No decision has been made on this crown land application according to Front Counter BC as of July 24, 2008.  There was a link on Integrated Land Management Bureau (ILMB) website to comment about this application, but it was removed April 20, 2008 according to Front Counter BC 1-877-855-3222.  Front counter BC said that you can still send in a letter to comment or complain though, as a decision has not been made yet.

Okanagan Lake is sending in a letter to Integrated Land Management Bureau to ask if the decision can be delayed until more locals are notified and so that the locals have a chance to comment.

Click the map for more detail

Front counter BC said to send your comment or complaint to:
ILMB
Suite 210, 301 Victoria Street
Kamloops, B.C.
V2C-2A3
Attention: Section head
Reference File #3402164


Disputed applications
63 (1) At any time before a disposition is made on an application, any person may object to the application by filing a notice of objection, setting out the particulars of the objection, in the office of the commissioner for the land recording district in which the land applied for is located.
http://www.qp.gov.bc.ca/statreg/stat/L/96245_01.htm#section63

Comment to RDCO about a re-zoning application or official community plan amendment.

RDCO has a say about Crown Land Applications that is sent to ILMB

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General Revenue Fund - 097 - N.O.W.E.S.I. Transfer Station

Revenues

2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Up to July? 2008
Garbage Collection Fees -45,354 -34,682 -47,457 -45,000 -41,804 -75,266 0
Garbage Tag Sales -93 0 0 0 0 0 0
Previous Years Surplus 16,540 3,348 2,195 0 -352 -1291 -17,837
Administration Overhead 1,419 1,560 1,571 2,237 2,386 3,706 0
TOTAL REVENUES -27,488 -29,773 -43,691 -42,763 -39,770 -72,851 -17,837
               
Expenses              
Contract Services 9,984 10,282 11,002 11,601 11,602 20,170 13,100
Insurance 1,133 2,303 1,851 2,740 173 -842 0
Office Supplies 216 162 159 129 0 0 0
Site Maintenance 2,733 1,181 13,105 2,244 3,351 6,830 3,605
Hauling Charges 14,270 15,540 17,574 25,698 23,352 28,857 8,950
Transfer to Equip. Rep. R 2,500 2,500 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL EXPENSES 30,836 31,968 43,691 42,411 38,479 55,014 25,656

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Actual Revenue and Expenses for 097 -- N.O.W.E.S.I. Transfer Station  (alias Sugar Loaf transfer station across from Evely forest campsite, Westside Road) which is approx. 1 km from Westshore Estates.
  2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Garbage Collection Fees -47,457 -45,000   -75,266  
Previous Years Surplus 2,195 0   -1,291  
Administration Overhead 1,571 2,237   3,706  

Total Revenues

-43,691 -42,763   -72,851  
           
Contract Services 11,002 11,601   20,170  
Insurance 1,851 2,740   -842  
Office Supplies 159 129   0  
Site Maintenance 13,105 2,244   6,830  
Hauling Charges 17,574 25,698   28,857  
Contract Services - La Casa 0 0   0  

Total Expenses

43,691 42,411   55,014  
           
Surplus/Deficit
(year 2003 = 2,195)
0 -352   -17,837  
           
Note * under surplus/deficit, the negative amounts are surplus amounts.

N.O.W.E.S.I. (Sugar Loaf transfer station) revenue and expense files from RDCO

.pdf icon 2005 Expense Detail

.pdf icon 2004 Site Maintenance

.pdf icon 2004 and 2005 Revenue and Expense Totals

.pdf icon 2007 Revenue and Expense Totals

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July 1, 2008 email (re: La Casa) says:
Our Inspections Section provided me with this information. There have been a total of 236 dwellings and additions given building permits so far…dating back to February 2005 up to and including today (July 2nd).

All properties with homes are required by bylaw to contribute.

Once a final building inspection or occupancy permit is issued, whichever occurs first, the property would be added to the utility billing list in our Finance Department. Property owners can also apply at the transfer stations. These are the only two ways that utility billing fees occur.

As stated in previous emails, the La Casa strata currently is not involved with the utility billing as it has a private contractor providing services.

These users as you know, are charged a combination of parcel taxes (which pay for all Solid Waste Management functions including Regional Waste Reduction Office and Westside Sanitary Landfill etc) and user fees through utility billing. The costs of the North Westside Transfer station are covered through a combination of revenue from the above, both parcel tax and utility billing.

However, in discussing this with our Finance Department, in January, there were 761 properties billed for the North Westside Transfer Station utility fee. In January, there were 230 billed for Traders Cove Transfer Station. In each case, the vast majority have homes on them, but there are some property owners that have asked to pay the fee, even though they don’t have a home on the property in order to utilize the services of the transfer station.

What does N.O.W.E.S.I. mean? It is the acronym for North Westside or NOWESI.

The NOWESI 2008 financial budget only covers the Sugar Loaf (North Westside) transfer station.

 

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Tag-a-bags

July 7, 2008 email says:
North Westside transfer station purchased 100 tags from us to sell on April 10th, 2008. They purchased 100 tags on August 27th 2007 and 50 tags on April 4, 2006

Please remember that tags may be purchased at any of the Regional District electoral area retail outlets and are good in the Central Okanagan electoral areas (and the Westside District Municipality), so for example, while I presume most of the tags sold by the Sugar Loaf transfer station are used by customers there, someone from the North Westside area could purchase a tag at another regional district outlet and use the tag on additional bags disposed of at the Sugar Loaf station. They are not required to purchase at the Sugar Loaf transfer station and use the tag there.

No tags are available for purchase or sale at the Traders Cove Transfer station.

The revenue from all contractor tag sales goes into the general fund for Solid Waste Management. As such, our Finance Department does not have a record of tag sales revenue by location and calendar year. We only have the number of tags purchased in bulk by a retail contractor (Mac’s, Westside Landfill, Westside Chamber etc.). So the Sugar Loaf North Westside transfer station requested 100 tags on April 10th this year…we receive the funds after they are sold and those monies would go into the Solid Waste Management budget as revenue, just as we collect tipping fees at the Westside Landfill and that money is considered revenue for the Solid Waste Management program.

Tag sales revenue
  2005 - $3,545.75
  2004 - $3,676.50
  2003 - $4,121.00
  2002 - $3,133.00
  2001 - $2,557.50

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In 2005, what did it cost for the transfer station attendant?  Have a look at this report under "Sanitary Landfill Contract Services".  The attendants service cost $11,601.37 per year or thereabouts.

In 2005, what did it cost for hauling $27,156.02?

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Air quality report ‘not surprising’
Vernon Morning Star - Published: August 19, 2008

Interior Health’s senior medical health officer is not surprised by a new report which says as many as 21,000 Canadians will die prematurely this year because of the effects of air pollution.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all. As a matter of fact I think over the last few years there has been a significant expansion of our understanding of the impacts of poor air quality on health,” Dr. Paul Hasselback said.

He added that gone are the days when people could assume air quality was fine until an alert saying otherwise was issued.

The Canadian Medical Association released the report, No Breathing Room: National Illness Costs of Air Pollution, on Wednesday.

“With the start of the Olympics in Beijing, much has been made about the poor air quality in China and the effect it is having on our athletes,” said CMA president Dr. Brian Day.

“But we have a serious home-grown pollution problem right here and Canadians, ranging from the very young to the very old, are paying the price.”

The report found that while most of this year’s air pollution-related deaths will be the result of chronic exposure over many years, almost 3,000 cases will be from acute short-term exposure.

It predicts that by 2031, almost 90,000 people in Canada will die from the acute effects of air pollution and 710,000 will die from long-term exposure.

Air pollution is known to have negative effects on the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

The CMA report says 42 per cent of air pollution-related acute premature deaths will be the result of cardiovascular disease.

It expects the number of premature deaths related to chronic exposure to air pollution in Canada to rise 83 per cent between 2008 and 2031.

During that same time, the accumulated negative economic impact of air pollution is predicted to go from $10 billion to over $300 billion.

The report says there will be 306 acute premature deaths related to air pollution in B.C. this year, along with 1,158 hospital admissions and 8,763 emergency department visits.

By 2031 those totals are expected to rise to 585 acute premature deaths, 1,985 hospital admissions and 14,975 emergency department visits, further stressing our health care system.

Hasselback said residents of the Okanagan are relatively lucky when it comes to air quality.

However, “we live in a valley and that valley is subjected at certain times to what meteorologists call inversions and it traps poor air quality,” he said.

“And we keep adding to that by using vehicles, burning wood fuels (and emitting) other types of pollutants that get into the air.”

On top of the pollution generated locally, pollutants from far away can travel here and get trapped, as happened recently with the forest fires burning in California.

People with existing respiratory or cardiovascular conditions, as well as the elderly and young children are most at risk from air pollution.

Hasselback suggested people become familiar with the air quality index at www.airhealthbc.ca and at what point poor air quality affects their health.

“And for those who do have chronic diseases (they should) have discussions with their health care provider on what, if any changes need to be made to their treatment regimes to manage poor air quality days,” he said.

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Ticket Offences

Schedule 10, 2006 (i) (Bylaw No. 1165)

Ticket Offences For Regional District of Central Okanagan Solid Waste Management Regulation Bylaw No. 1162, 2006

Prohibited deposit of Garbage or Recyclable Material 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.3 = $150.00 fine

Prohibited deposit of Mandatory Recyclable Material 4.1.4 $150.00 fine

Prohibited deposit of Garbage 4.1.5 $150.00 fine

Place Garbage for pickup with others 4.1.6 $150.00 fine

Use Landfill, Transfer Station or Recycling Depot after hours 4.1.8 $150.00 fine

Scavage materials 4.1.11 $150.00 fine

Deposit Garbage or Household Recyclable Materials after hours 4.1.20 $150.00 fine

Fail to cover load 3.1.9 $150.00 fine

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SCHEDULE 1, 2006 (ii)
Bylaw No. 1165, 2006
DESIGNATED BYLAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS
- Bylaw Enforcement Officer
- Teller/Gate Operator
- Landfill Attendant
- Director of Inspection Services

RDCO Bylaws Index

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July 4, 2008 email from RDCO:

Regarding your email of July 1st at 6:18pm requesting information for bag tag sales. I would suggest that you ask the staff at the Sugar Loaf North Westside transfer station how many tags they sold in each of the calendar years requested. As they are a contractor providing the tag sale service for the Regional District electoral areas (just like Mac’s, Ellison store, Westside Chamber, Westside District Municipality, Sugar Loaf stn) we only keep a record of the purchase of tags and the number of tags sold in bulk to each of our Regional District contractors when they require them. For example, the North Westside transfer station purchased 100 tags from us to sell on April 10th, 2008. They purchased 100 tags on August 27th 2007 and 50 tags on April 4, 2006. Please remember that tags may be purchased at any of the Regional District electoral area retail outlets and are good in the Central Okanagan electoral areas (and the Westside District Municipality), so for example, while I presume most of the tags sold by the Sugar Loaf transfer station are used by customers there, someone from the North Westside area could purchase a tag at another regional district outlet and use the tag on additional bags disposed of at the Sugar Loaf station. They are not required to purchase at the Sugar Loaf transfer station and use the tag there.

No tags are available for purchase or sale at the Traders Cove Transfer station.

The revenue from all contractor tag sales goes into the general fund for Solid Waste Management. As such, our Finance Department does not have a record of tag sales revenue by location and calendar year. We only have the number of tags purchased in bulk by a retail contractor (Mac’s, Westside Landfill, Westside Chamber etc.). So the Sugar Loaf North Westside transfer station requested 100 tags on April 10th this year…we receive the funds after they are sold and those monies would go into the Solid Waste Management budget as revenue, just as we collect tipping fees at the Westside Landfill and that money is considered revenue for the Solid Waste Management program.

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October 12, 2006 email from RDCO:

Tag sales revenue
2005 - $3,545.75
2004 - $3,676.50
2003 - $4,121.00
2002 - $3,133.00
2001 - $2,557.50

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July 4, 2008 email from RDCO:

Are there any North Westside Road properties with homes that do not pay the utility bill for the Sugar Loaf or Traders Cove transfer stations and if so how many, and for what reasons do they not pay?   None…all properties with homes are required by bylaw to contribute.

How many properties are there with homes on them in the North Westside Road area from Westshore Estates to Fintry?  I am sorry, but there is no one place for me to easily go to get the answer to this question. However, in discussing this with our Finance Department, in January, there were 761 properties billed for the North Westside Transfer Station utility fee. In January, there were 230 billed for Traders Cove Transfer Station. In each case, the vast majority have homes on them, but there are some property owners that have asked to pay the fee, even though they don’t have a home on the property in order to utilize the services of the transfer station.

What does the characters N.O.W.E.S.I. mean? Is N.O.W.E.S.I. 2008 financial budget document include both the Traders Cove and Sugar Loaf transfer stations?  It is the acronym for North Westside or NOWESI….regarding the second question, the NOWESI 2008 financial budget only covers the Sugar Loaf (North Westside) transfer station.

N.O.W.E.S.I. Transfer Station (page 38)
Revenue $57,643
http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/finance/2008finplan.pdf
Where all does this Revenue $57,643 come from and can you send me some website links or files that shows me what exactly the 2007 revenues and expenses were for? I wish to see the details.
Document 097 function attached.

Your email said:
properties contribute to Sugar Loaf = 763
properties contribute to Traders Cove = 229
Total = 992 properties

992 properties x $40 year utility billing = $39,680
$57,643 revenue 2008 budget minus $39,680 revenue from utility bill = $17,963
Where does this extra Revenue come from??
These users as you know, are charged a combination of parcel taxes (which pay for all Solid Waste Management functions including Regional Waste Reduction Office and Westside Sanitary Landfill etc) and user fees through utility billing. The costs of the North Westside Transfer station are covered through a combination of revenue from the above, both parcel tax and utility billing.

Approx. how many La Casa homes are now sold, do you know?
Our Inspections Section provided me with this information. There have been a total of 236 dwellings and additions given building permits so far…dating back to February 2005 up to and including today (July 2nd, 2008).

If La Casa joins in the North Westside transfer station billing with a new transfer station at La Casa, will each and every one of the 497 La Casa lots automatically have to start paying the garbage utility bill $40.00 per year with lot sold or not as soon as we amalgamate, or will La Casa properties have to start paying the utility bill only at the time the lot is sold, or when will La Casa properties have to start paying the transfer station billing?
Once a final building inspection or occupancy permit is issued, whichever occurs first, the property would be added to the utility billing list in our Finance Department. Property owners can also apply at the transfer stations. These are the only two ways that utility billing fees occur. As stated in previous emails, the La Casa strata currently is not involved with the utility billing as it has a private contractor providing services.

Currently how does RDCO start billing North Westsiders for the Sugar Loaf Transfer station, does RDCO wait until someone phones RDCO and inquires about where to take their garbage or goes down to use the transfer station before RDCO starts billing them, or is it automatic billing to each property with a home on it in the North Westside? Answered in previous question.

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RDCO email June 30, 2008 says:

There are 763 homes contributing to the North Westside transfer station. The existing properties at La Casa are not currently contributing to the existing transfer station as they have their own commercial pick up in place. However, when the new La Casa transfer station is in place, these properties will begin contributing to the cost of the North Westside transfer stations (existing one at Sugar Loaf and La Casa). At total build out there will be 450 plus properties at La Casa contributing to the North Westside transfer stations.
There are 229 homes contributing to the Trader’s Cove transfer station.

763 homes contributing to Sugar Loaf Transfer Station x $40 per year = $30,520

229 homes contributing to Traders Cove Transfer Station x $40 per year = $9,160

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July 2, 2008 email from RDCO B.S.:
You should direct your inquiries regarding properties, rules and regulations etc. at La Casa to their strata or strata management company. I don’t have that information.
As I’ve said in previous emails regarding this, there are 400 plus (I don’t have the exact number and I’m sorry but I’m not able to spend more time tracking this down) properties that have been sold to private owners at La Casa
If and when the La Casa transfer facility is in place, these properties that are sold and any subsequent that are sold would begin to be billed for the utility fee.

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NO THE LA CASA TRANSFER STATION WON'T COST WESTSIDERS ANYMORE, BUT WESTSIDER'S WILL GO INTO DEBT BY $15,515.00 INSTEAD?

N.O.W.E.S.I. Transfer Station  (also known as Sugar Loaf Transfer Station) (page 38)

Financial Plan Budget 2008 Revenue $57,643
$57,643 divided by $40 utility bill = 1,441 properties minus 992 properties currently paying = 449 properties at La Casa we think is how they came to this figure.

properties contribute to Sugar Loaf = 763
properties contribute to Traders Cove = 229
Total = 992 properties
992 properties x $40 year utility billing = $39,680
$57,643 2008 Budget Revenue minus utility bill $39,680 = $17,963
$17,963 divided by $40 utility bill = 449 properties
 

Financial Plan Budget 2008 Expenses $73,158 (a)
a. Additional operating costs for new La Casa transfer station

 

N.O.W.E.S.I. Transfer Station (actual revenue and expense)

  2004 2005 2006
REVENUE      
Garbage Collection Fees 47,457 45,000  
Administration Overhead 1,571 2,237  
Sub-total 45,886 42,763  
Previous Yrs Surplus/Deficit -2,195 0.00  

Total Revenue

43,691 42,763  
*Note* "administration overhead" grew tremendously between 2004 and 2005.
       
EXPENSE      
Site Maintenance (*bin 10,190) *13,105 2,244  
Contract Services (wages) 11,002 11,601  
Insurance (liability) 1,851 2,740  
Office Supplies 159 129  
Hauling Charges 17,574 25,698  
Total Expenses 43,691 42,411  
Surplus/Deficit (2003 - 2,195) 0.00 352 1,291

 

2004
$47,457 garbage collection fees, minus
$39,680 utility bill of 992 properties
= extra $7,777 revenue other than the $40.00 utility bill


2005
$45,000 garbage collection fees, minus
$39,680 utility bill of 992 properties
= extra $5,320 revenue other than the $40.00 utility bill

.pdf icon 2005 Expense Detail (File from RDCO)

.pdf icon 2004 Site Maintenance (File from RDCO)

.pdf icon 2004 and 2005 Revenue and Expense Totals (File from RDCO)

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The North Westside Ratepayers previously had the contract for the Sugar Loaf Transfer Station. This contract was for the period Jan 1, 2002 and ending December 31, 2006

NWRA Agreement

2. Services
The Association shall provide all labour and materials necessary for the operation and maintenance of the Station during the term of this agreement and shall provide staff for operating of the station for approximately 16 hours per week or as otherwise agreed in writing by the parties.

3. The Regional District agrees to pay the Association for the services provided pursuant to the agreement, the sum of $9,152.00 for each full year of the term of this agreement payable in monthly instalments of $762.00 per month commencing January 1, 2002 for the first 11 months with the twelfth month being $770.00. (Such funds to be paid from the funds collected by the Regional District by a utility bill applied to all dwellings in the North Westside Fire Protection Area. This amount may be adjusted from year to year subject to negotiation and agreement).

The Regional District shall bill all owners of dwellings in the North Westside Fire Protection Area by means of a utility bill and use these funds to pay the Association and other authorized accounts for the operation, maintenance and management of this site.

9. Hauling Fees
The Regional District agrees to pay the hauling fees of the recycling bins during the term of this agreement as funded by the Parcel Tax.

10. Administration Fees
The Regional District shall handle the funds derived from the utility bill pursuant to Clause #3 and will charge an administration fee of $610.00 per year based on a percentage of 3.5% of the budgeted operational funds.

12. Tipping Fees
The tipping fees for depositing the contents of our waste bins at the Westbank Landfill will be absorbed by the Regional District from the Parcel Tax on every parcel of land in the area.

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Westside Landfill Services Consultation Process - Sept 16, 2008
From RDCO "What's New" webpage

It appears people strongly support the provision of some key services at the Westside Sanitary Landfill once it closes during 2010.

More than 1,200 people responded to a voluntary questionnaire that was available during June and a statistically-valid telephone survey found similar results: More than three-quarters of those participating would like to see garbage, recycling and yard waste drop-off available at the landfill located off Asquith Road. It’s proposed those and other services could be made available in a transfer station type facility, after the landfill is closed and solid waste materials are no longer buried there. Many of those responding to the questionnaire or survey indicated they would be willing to pay for the convenience of being able to drop off materials at a future facility.

Summary of results:

Telephone survey (210 respondents; accuracy rate of +/- 6% 19 times of 20):

76% think it is important or very important (51%) to have a garbage drop-off on the Westside once the landfill is closed
74% think it is important or very important (46%) to have a yard waste drop-off on the Westside once the landfill is closed
73% think it is important or very important (44%) to have a recyclables drop-off on the Westside once the landfill is closed
42% are willing to pay $85/tonne for landfill tipping fees. 24% are “definitely not” willing to pay that fee
37% are willing to pay $15 per pick-up load of yard waste, 32% are “definitely not” willing to pay the fee
88% use the Westside Landfill to drop off garbage at least 1-2 times per year
30% use the Westside Landfill to drop off garbage 11+ times per year
74% used the Westside Landfill to drop off yard waste in 2007
69% used the Westside Landfill to drop off recyclables in 2007
Volunteer mail-in and drop-off survey (1,250 respondents):

81% think it is important or very important (66%) to have a garbage drop-off on the Westside once the landfill is closed
91% think it is important or very important (86%) to have a yard waste drop-off on the Westside once the landfill is closed
86% think it is important or very important (68%) to have a recyclables drop-off on the Westside once the landfill is closed
51% are willing to pay $85/tonne for landfill tipping fees. 15% are “definitely not” willing to pay that fee
53% are willing to pay $15 per pick-up load of yard waste, 17% are “definitely not” willing to pay the fee
83% use the Westside Landfill to drop off garbage at least 1-2 times per year
27% use the Westside Landfill to drop off garbage 11+ times per year
95% use the Westside Landfill to drop off yard waste at least 1-2 times per year
40% use the Westside Landfill to drop off yard waste 11+ times per year
87% use the Westside Landfill to drop off recyclables at least 1-2 times per year
28% use the Westside Landfill to drop off recyclables 11+ times per year
Residents living in the Westside District Municipality, District of Peachland and Westbank First Nation reserves took part in the telephone survey and voluntary questionnaire.

Regional District Communications Coordinator Bruce Smith says, “Based on the results we received, our outside engineering consultants from CH2MHill are preparing a Conceptual Transfer Station-Convenience Centre design and Concept Closure Plan for the Landfill. When these are complete, the Regional District will host a number of Information Meetings and Open Houses. During these sessions residents and other stakeholders will be able to provide further comment on the proposed options for services and possible functions once the landfill closes. We’ll also outline the costs of various services as the materials collected would have to be transported to the Glenmore Landfill and tipping fees to the City of Kelowna would apply.”

The Regional District has developed a webpage for information regarding the Westside landfill closure.

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Westside landfill Closure
Landfill Consultation Response Excellent
The response from residents living west of the Bennett Bridge to a recent public consultation has been phenomenal. They were asked what services should be provided at the Westside Sanitary Landfill when it closes in 2010.

Just over 200 residents living in the Westside District Municipality, District of Peachland and Westbank First Nation reserves replied to a telephone survey while more than 1,200 people filled out and returned questionnaires.

Regional District Communications Coordinator Bruce Smith says, “Over the summer, we’ll compile the results from the completed questionnaires that were returned by the general public and customers using the landfill. Combined with the results of the statistically valid phone survey, we’ll come up with some options for services at a transfer station that would be developed at the landfill, once it is closed and solid waste materials are no longer being buried there. We’ll also outline the costs of various service options as the materials collected would have to be transported and tipping fees would apply at the Glenmore landfill.”

Smith adds, “Initial findings from the telephone survey show that approximately three quarters of respondents said it was important or very important to continue to have a drop off for garbage, recycling and yard waste at the Westside landfill location on Asquith Road.”

This fall, draft plans and options for possible services, costs and the layout of the proposed transfer station will be presented at a Public Information Session and Open House on the Westside. The Regional Board will be asked to consider a transfer station proposal for the site, early in the New Year.

Follow this link to the webpage with information regarding the Westside landfill Closure.

(Source RDCO's website "What's New" June 30, 2008)

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Recycling Depots Re-designed
Our recycling depots are being RE-designed. This weekend the four area recycling depots will be switched over from the old-style bins to more convenient and easy to access low-profile collection bins.

“The new bins are only about five feet tall so it will be very easy for everyone, including children, to throw their recyclables in,” says Rae Stewart, Waste Reduction Facilitator. “And because of the size of the new bins, no one will have to climb any stairs or hoist their recyclables over their heads.”

Stewart adds that to make recycling even easier, residents will now be able to mix all their recyclable materials together – except glass and cardboard – when they drop them off at the recycling depots. “You won’t have to separate your paper from your plastic containers or tin cans, but can simply mix everything together. Glass and cardboard will still have to be separated, though.”

The change-over will happen over a couple of days at the end of June and the beginning of July. As there may be some short delays in set-up, residents are asked to be patient until the new depots are fully operational. The depots will remain open during the change-over and hours of operation will be the same as now.

The recycling depots accept the identical materials as the blue bag program: all paper and cardboard, tin and aluminum cans, household plastic containers #1-7 and plastic film like plastic bags and shrink wrap. The recyclables should be clean (rinsed and empty) before bringing them to the depots. There is no charge for the service.

OK Environmental Waste Systems, a local waste management company, was awarded the contract to operate the depots for the next five years. For more information, follow this link to our Recycling Depots webpage or call the Regional Waste Reduction Office at 250-469-6250.

(June 26, 2008)

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting– June 23, 2008
Residential Recycling Processing Contract
The Regional Board has awarded a seven year contract for the processing and marketing of materials from the residential blue bag recycling program to begin in March 2009. Metro Waste Paper Recovery Incorporated was one of three companies responding to a Request for Proposals and was selected after an evaluation process as having the most favourable bid which includes a three tier rate structure. Metro has been the sub-contractor for the Regional District’s curbside and depot recycling program since 2000.

Gypsum Recycling Contract Awarded
The Regional Board has awarded a five year contract for collection and recycling of gypsum and drywall materials for a price of $125 per tonne. Okanagan Gypsum Recycling Enterprises was selected after an evaluation process as having the most favourable of five proposals received in response to a Request for Proposals involving the Regional District’s of North Okanagan, Central Okanagan, Okanagan- Similkameen and the District Municipality of Summerland.

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting – April 28, 2008
Solid Waste Management Plan Approved
The Regional Board has adopted the Central Okanagan Solid Waste Management Plan. The plan which governs all waste reduction activities in the Regional District was revised after extensive consultation with the public and technical community during 2006. The plan addresses waste reduction and solid waste management needs of the area in three phases over the next 15 years. The Ministry of Environment reviewed the proposed plan and recently gave its approval.

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Highlights of the Special Regional Board Meeting– April 10, 2008
Recycling Depot & Transfer Stations Contract
The Regional Board has awarded a five year contract for the operation and collection of materials at recycling depots, waste transfer stations and the cleanup of illegal dump sites on Crown Land.
Okanagan Environmental Waste Systems Limited was one of three qualified bids received for a combined services contract, which begins July 1st.
Over the five year term based on the volume of recyclables collected, the cost of operating four recycling depots will be $1,825,000 and will see improvements in the layout of each site and bin enclosures in order to improve traffic flow and parking. This cost could vary depending whether the volumes of materials collected are higher or lower than in 2007. The cost of operating the Trader’s Cove and North Westside transfer stations will be $525,000 and takes into account higher fuel and labour costs since the last contract was awarded five years ago. The illegal dumping site cleanup cost remains at approximately $17,000 per year and the contractor will provide improved equipment to access remote locations on Crown Land.

Sugar Loaf Expenses 2004 = 43,691
Sugar Loaf Expenses 2005 = 42,411
Sugar Loaf Expenses 2006 =
Sugar Loaf Expenses 2007 = 55,014
Sugar Loaf Expenses 2008 =

Traders Cove Expenses 2004 =
Traders Cove Expenses 2005 =
Traders Cove Expenses 2006 =
Traders Cove Expenses 2007 =
Traders Cove Expenses 2008 =
 

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Minutes of the Special Board Meeting of the Regional District of Central Okanagan Thursday, April 10, 2008
1. New Business
1.1 Award of Contract - Recycling Depot and Waste Transfer Station Operations and Collection Service (All Directors - Weighted Vote)
Staff noted that based on volumes of recyclables collected in 2007, the costs for the operations of the recycling depots will be $365,000 per year for the five year period ($1,825,000 for five years or $7.15 per household per year). If volumes collected are higher or lower than the 2007 volumes, costs will vary accordingly. The costs with the new contract will increase 14%, commencing July 2008.

The cost of the operations of the North Westside Road and Trader's Cove waste transfer sites will be $105,000 per year ($525,000 for five years or about $81.00 per household per year). The costs of the two stations' operations are presently about $88,000. Again, costs may vary depending on the volumes of wastes collected and the number of hauls that must be made to landfills and/or the recycling processing plant. The increase of contract costs by 20% is primarily attributed to the significant increases in fuel and labour costs.

The cost increases were anticipated and built into the 2008 budget. Okanagan Environmental Services name has been changed to Okanagan Environmental Waste Systems Ltd.

#89/08 GIVEN/DAY
THAT the Regional Board award the Recycling Depot and Waste Transfer Stations Operations and Collection Service contract to Okanagan Environmental Waste Systems Ltd. for the five year period and with a two year extension option, beginning July 1, 2008, for a total cost during the five year period of $1,825,000, as well as a total cost for the North Westside Road and Trader's Cover waste transfer sites of $525,000.
CARRIED

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Special Budget Meeting Minutes - March 28, 2008 (Pg. 1)
#83/08 Hanson/Baker
THAT the Regional Board award the curbside collection contract to Okanagan Environmental Services for the seven year period beginning March 1, 2009, the cost being $1,194,858 ($170,694 per year or $117.72 per household per year.
CARRIED

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Highlights of the Special Regional Board Meeting– March 28, 2008
As a form of local government, the Regional District provides local services such as water, community parks and planning to the Electoral Areas. It also provides regional services to the Electoral Areas and the member municipalities. These regional services include 9-1-1, dog control, regional parks and recycling.

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Highlights of the Special Regional Board Meeting– March 28, 2008
Automated Curbside Collection Contract
The Regional Board has approved a seven year contract for automated waste and recycling collection. After an extensive review of qualified proposals by an evaluation team, Okanagan
Environmental Services was selected as the winning bid to provide the automated service starting March 1st, 2009. The company’s bid of $1,194,858 breaks down to a cost of $170,694 (plus fuel increases) in each year of the seven year contract or $117.72 per household. In addition to the Regional Board support for the Electoral Areas, each member municipality must approve the contract for its jurisdiction.

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting – March 17, 2008
Automated Waste Collection Program
The Regional Board has authorized staff to submit an application to the Union of BC Municipalities General Strategic Priorities Fund to cover the costs of purchasing wheeled carts to be used in the proposed Automated Waste and Recycling Collection Program.
Staff will also prepare a loan authorization bylaw for $262,000 for the purchase of carts for 1,450 single family dwellings in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas. It also recommends the Westside District Municipality
prepare a similar bylaw for more than $1.8 million to purchase carts for 9,500 property owners. If the UBCM funding is not be approved, it’s anticipated elector support would be required through the Alternative Approval Process.

Note* $262,000 divided by 1,450 properties = $180.69 each
         $1.8 million divided by 9,500 properties = $189.47 each

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Regular Board Meeting Minutes - March 17, 2008 (Pg. 10-11)

8.2 Automated Collection RFP Update, including UBCM General Strategic Priorities Funding Application and Loan Authorization for Cart Purchase (All Directors - Unweighted Vote)

Engineering Services report dated March 12, 2008 outlined the automated collection Request for Proposal as well as the need to submit an application to the UBCM General Strategic Priorities Fund for the purchase of carts for all partners for the automated collection program. Should the grant application not be approved the member municipalities would require a loan authorization bylaw.

Staff provided a brief overview and updated the Board on the process. it was noted that Westside Council approved moving forward with automated garbage collection. Westside Council need to determine how they want to proceed with elector assent (alternative approval process or referendum) for their loan authorization bylaw should the UBCM grant application not be approved.

#77/08 SHEPHERD/REID
THAT the Regional Board receive for information the report of the Waste Reduction Supervisor, dated March 12, 2008 regarding the automated collection RFP update;

AND THAT the Regional Board approve staff on behalf of member municipalities and electoral areas submitting an application under the UBCM General strategic Priorities Fund (GSPF) for funding the purchase of carts for the automated collection program.

AND FURTHER THAT the Regional Board approve staff developing a loan authorization bylaw for $262,000 for the purchase of the automated collection carts for residents of the electoral areas within the Regional District of Central Okanagan;

AND THAT the Regional Board recommends that the Westside District Municipality prepare a loan authorization bylaw for $1,868,413 for the purchase of carts for its residents.
CARRIED (opposed Director Neis)

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting– November 19, 2007
Solid Waste Management Bylaw Amended
The Regional Board has adopted amendments to the Solid Waste Management Bylaw which affects the rates for curbside waste and recycling pickups in the Westside and Central Okanagan East Electoral Areas. The bylaw changes are required as a result of increased costs for garbage, yard waste and recycling collection as well as higher costs for the processing and marketing of recyclables associated with negotiating short-term contracts with service
providers. The updated bylaw also provides for the future construction of a Westside Landfill waste transfer station. Customers in the two Electoral Areas will see utility billing and parcel tax rates rise just over $12 to $110.10 to reflect the increases in the new contracts.

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Engineering Committee Meeting Minutes – November 8, 2007
b) Amendment to Solid Waste Management Bylaw No. 1162
Carol explained that staff negotiated short-term contracts (7 to 10 months) with OK Environmental Services for garbage and yard waste collection for the Electoral Areas at a rate of $4.31 per household/month), and recyclables collection for all households in the Regional District service area at a rate of $1.75 per household
per month. A short-term contract was also negotiated with Metro Materials Recovery Inc. (recyclables processing and marketing services) for $83.20 per tonne. As such it is necessary to amend Schedule B of Bylaw No. 1162, to reflect an increase from $58.64 to $60.74. Carol advised that the fee adjustment for garbage would carry over into 2009 until a new automated collection contract is in
place.
Discussion ensued re. the Westside Landfill closing soon and having a transfer station at the site, as it could be more economical to transport waste from there to the Glenmore Landfill.
DAY/HANSEN
THAT the Engineering Committee approves an amendment to the Solid Waste Management Bylaw 1162 to increase the solid waste management utility billing and parcel tax by $12.10 ($98.00 to $110.10) to reflect the increased costs for garbage, yard waste and recyclables collection, recyclables processing and marketing, and costs for construction of a Westside Landfill waste transfer station
in 2008;
AND FURTHER that the definition of “Mandatory Recyclable Material” be amended to reflect the recent addition of e-waste to the Provincial Environmental Management Act’s Recycling Regulation (Product Stewardship Program).
CARRIED

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Engineering Committee Meeting Minutes – November 8, 2007

3. SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT
a) Automated Curbside Collection Program RFP Process
Carol Suhan advised that the initial results of the pilot project have been very impressive with participants recycling more than one third more, 15% less garbage was collected, and in September one and a half times more yard waste was collected. Carol stated that participants love the program, others are enquiring as to when they can start the program, and staff and elected officials who attended the “Kick the Tires” info sessions were impressed with the speed and finesse of the vehicle’s grabber arm and carts.

Another survey will be sent out to participants next week to assess service, preference for cart sizes and yard waste collections.

With regard to the business case analysis, Carol advised that CH2MHill has now revised their financial analysis to reflect the cost of debagging recyclables/yard waste and decreased tipping fees resulting from decreased garbage volumes. It is estimated there will be a $340,000 - $500,000 reduction in the cost of overall operations in comparison to a manual collection system i.e. a potentially lower cost of $13-$17 per household per year.

Preparation of the RFP for the automated trucks and service delivery has commenced. There will be two zones, the City of Kelowna and the combined jurisdictions of RDCO, new Westside Municipality, WFN and Districts of Peachland and Lake Country. However, the Districts of Peachland and Lake Country will need to confirm participation prior to the RFP release at the end of November. A seven-year contract with three one year extensions is proposed.

Discussion ensued with respect to the possibility of Peachland and Lake Country choosing not to join in; it was noted that if they did remain separate, they would be looking after their own contracts and education, which would entail extra costs for them. Mayor Reid felt the need for more discussion.

KNOWLES/NOVAKOWSKI
THAT the report be received.

1 Vote Opposed (Reid) CARRIED

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting– October 29, 2007
Short-term Waste Collection Contracts
The Regional Board has authorized three separate short-term contracts for the collection of garbage and yard waste and recycling and the processing and marketing of recyclables. The seven to ten month contracts take effect on July 1st and will allow time for possible tender calls and implementation of an automated waste collection system. The monthly contract for garbage and yard waste collection with OK Environmental Services will cost $4.31 per household while the monthly recycling collection contract will be $1.75 per household. A contract with Metro Materials Recovery Incorporated to process and market collected recyclables is at a rate of $83.20 per tonne. The sale of recyclables covers the cost of processing the collected materials.

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting– October 1, 2007
Proclamation
The Regional Board has proclaimed the week of October 15th to 21st as ‘Waste Reduction Week’ in the Central Okanagan. The national campaign is designed to raise awareness about the environmental and social impacts of waste and the Regional District is committed to taking the lead in conserving resources, protecting the environment and community education.

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting– October 1, 2007
Automated Waste and Recycling Collection
Pending the results of the pilot project the Regional Board has endorsed in principle a proposal that would see a new contract for automated curbside garbage, recycling and yard waste collection. Staff from the Regional District and member municipalities will coordinate a Request for Proposals from companies interested in providing the automated waste collection service for a new contract expected to begin in 2009. Wheeled carts will be purchased for property owners to use in the automated collection program adding between $25 and $35 per household to the annual cost of providing curbside waste pickup. Those costs will be included for consideration during the 2008 budget process. Since the automated collection program won’t begin until 2009, staff will negotiate an extension to the present manual pickup contract.

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting– July 9, 2007
Automated Waste Collection Pilot Project
The Regional Board has approved a pilot project to test an automated system for collecting garbage, recycling and yard waste. The Regional District Waste Reduction Office proposes a trial period this fall (September – December) involving approximately
500 homes and businesses in Glenmore, the Westside and Peachland. The participants will use special wheeled carts for their garbage, recycling and yard waste, which can be picked up by an automated truck. The Waste Reduction Office will use information gathered from the pilot project to confirm whether to call for proposals for an automated waste collection system for a new contract slated to begin in July 2008.

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Engineering Committee Meeting Minutes – May 10, 2007
c) Plastic Bag Ban
Carol reported that Mayor Shepherd had requested information be presented to the Committee on the recent trend of banning plastic shopping bags. Her report was discussed and the consensus of the Committee was that this is a private sector issue and nothing should change.
Within Carol’s report under ‘Some Facts about Plastic Bags’ an amendment was made to read: “It takes 11.325 million barrels of oil to produce 100 billion plastic bags” (NOT 20 billion barrels)
HANSON/KNOWLES
THAT the report be received. CARRIED

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Minutes of the Engineering Committee Meeting of the Regional District of Central Okanagan March 20, 2007

North West Side Transfer Stations
No further progress has been made on building a second waste transfer station for North Westside Road residents. Construction cannot commence until La Casa Cottage Resort is assigned full legal authority of the property.

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March 12, 2007 Agenda - Regional Board Report

Curbside Plastics Recycling/Glass Removal and Yard Waste Collections
Amend Solid Waste Management Regulation Bylaw 1162 Schedule "D" (Sanitary Landfill/Recycling/Garbage Collection Fees) for proposed fee changes.

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Page 3 Engineering Committee Meeting Minutes - January 18, 2007

b) Garbage and Recycling Collection Services
Carol advised the Engineering Committee that the challenges with Waste Management to provide service have decreased from 150 calls per month to 25 per month. Carol asked the Committee if they had been receiving complaints from residents. She inquired whether a strong letter should be written to Waste Management supported by the Engineering Committee outlining the deep concern about the issue. Furthermore, should the letter include a warning that if service does not improve significantly immediately, that Waste Management will not be allowed to bid on the 2008 collection waste and recycling tender. The committee discussed the issues.

Knowles/Baker
That the Engineering Committee recommends that a letter be written to Waste Management from the Committee outlining our concerns based on the excessive number of complaints.

CARRIED

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Westside Issues Committee Meeting Minutes, January 8, 2007 (Pg. 2)
Sugar Loaf Transfer Site
The Association noted that at their request, the Regional District staff had agreed to keep the Association informed about changes to the transfer site.

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Feb 16, 2006 email from RDCO

There is $1.00 fee for the lease with the crown for the North Westside Road Transfer Station. The lease is for ten years and was just renewed March 10, 2005 with the Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management, License of Occupation No. 340827, to March 2015. pdf of Lease Agreement attached (NWTransferLicense-Lease.pdf)

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Governance and Services Committee Meeting – February 25, 2005 (Pg.4)

Effluent/Water Disposal - $80,000 deficit from 2004 due to reduced revenues from tipping fees. Volumes dropped as one hauler is going elsewhere.

ACTION: H. Hettinga to review restriction on haulers taking effluent out of the area.
Finance to add effluent/water disposal fees to tax requisition comparison page for Westside South and Westside North.

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ENGINEERING COMMITTEE MINUTES November 27, 2003 (page 6)

Garbage & Recycling Collection Contracts
Hilary stated that the RDCO’s garbage and recycling contracts are up for renewal in December 2004. Staff is investigating the option of negotiating contract extensions to July 2008 to coordinate with the City of Kelowna’s garbage collection contract. It was pointed out that the downside to mass negotiation is that there is no competition when it gets too big. However Colin stressed that the City would insist that bids be on a region and/or City alone basis. A formal report with dates and costs will be brought back to the Committee in January.

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REGIONAL DISTRICT OF THE CENTRAL OKANAGAN
Financial Statements
For the year ended December 31, 2002

Exhibit 3 (page 22)
Regional District of the Central Okanagan
General Revenue Fund Surplus
For the year ended December 31
N.O.W.E.S.I. Transfer Station
2002 (3,348)
2001 (16,540)

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Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting–Dec 10, 2001

Contract Approved
The Regional Board gave approval to a five-year contract with the North Westside Ratepayers Association for the
operation of the North Westside Road Waste Transfer and Recycling Station. For the past five years, the Ratepayers Association has administered the operation of this waste transfer and recycling station that services approximately 600 homes at the north end of Westside Road. The site was originally established when the Bouleau Dump was closed in 1996. Under the terms of the agreement the Regional District pays the association a sum of $9,152.00 for each year and in return the association handles all the administration including staffing for four mornings a week.

Contact: Hilary Hettinga, P. Eng. 868-5241
Director of Engineering Services

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Most vehicles at Upper Fintry and Valley of the Sun need to be large to haul water, as there is no water at Valley of the Sun or Upper Fintry.

Fuel Bill Estimator

Two examples of what it would cost to dump your garbage at Sugar Loaf Transfer Station with a large vehicle: 

Valley of the Sun
8.2 km's from entrance to Valley of the Sun to Sugar Loaf transfer station turn off Westside Road.  8.2 x 2 = 16.4 km's return trip.  16.4 km's x 52 weeks per year = 852.8 km's per year.  852.8 Km's per year and fuel at $1.390 plus you get 16 L/100 km, you would be spending according to the "Fuel Bill Estimator" $189.71 per year to dump your garbage.  If you are paying $1.590 per litre for fuel, the "Fuel Bill Estimator" says you will be paying $217.00 per year for fuel.  Plus you are adding mileage to your vehicle wearing it out, adding pollution, and depleting oil sands resources all at the same time.

Fintry
10.5 km's from Fintry turn off at Westside Road to Sugar Loaf transfer station turn off at Westside Road.  10.5 km's x 2 = 21 km's return trip.  21 km's x 52 weeks in a year = 1092 km's per year.  1092 km's per year and fuel at $1.390 plus you get 16 L/100 km, you would be spending according to the "Fuel Bill Estimator" $242.86 per year to dump your garbage.  If you are paying $1.590 per litre for fuel, the "Fuel Bill Estimator" says you will be paying $277.80 per year for fuel.  Plus you are adding mileage to your vehicle wearing it out, adding pollution, and depleting oil sands resources all at the same time.

So what if it only costs $40.00 for the transfer station when you have to pay $242.86 per year for fuel alone!!  A few years ago the North Westside Road properties from Westshore to La Casa would have paid $200.00 each property to buy up 5 properties for smaller transfer station sites.  Since the North Westside people have been so lax and they don't think of the future, we will have to pay a fortune when the time comes that government will require the garbage to be closer.  Sustainability remember and rules change all the time!  Wait and see what happens in the future since people have sat back and did nothing ... pretty sure the people will be paying for it out of their pockets in the end!  Can anyone see past their nose??  What are you waiting for, the garbage bill to get bigger?

THE BRITISH COLUMBIA CLIMATE ACTION CHARTER

(4) The Parties share the common goals of:
(f) encouraging infrastructure and a built environment that supports the economic and social needs of the community while minimizing its environmental impact.

(5) In order to contribute to reducing GHG emissions:
(a) Signatory Local Governments agree to develop strategies and take actions to achieve the following goals:
(iii) creating complete, compact, more energy efficient rural and urban communities
(e.g. foster a built environment that supports a reduction in car dependency and energy use, establish policies and processes that support fast tracking of green development projects, adopt zoning practices that encourage land use patterns that increase density and reduce sprawl.)

(9) This Charter is not intended to be legally binding or impose legal obligations on any Party and will have no legal effect.

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VICTORIA - (May 21) - One hundred and twenty-three local governments are now signed on to the B.C. Climate Action Charter with the Province and the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), committing to become carbon neutral by 2012.

Local governments that sign the B.C. Climate Action Charter pledge to become carbon neutral, and measure and report on their community’s greenhouse gas emissions profile, and work to create compact, more energy efficient communities.

List of Local Governments, as of May 21, 2008
13. Central Okanagan Regional District

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U-Tube Video - The bear that tried to break into my house.

U-Tube Video - Bear breaks into car

U-Tube Video - Bear attack

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A garbage dump later to become landfill was operated on a site north of Killiney Beach on the west side of Okanagan Lake to serve Fintry, Ewing’s Landing, Valley of the Sun, Killiney Beach and West Shore communities. That operation was managed by long term resident, Jules Harvath. The Regional District experienced a lot of bear problems at this location and eventually it was closed in favour of locating the transfer station closer to the centre of the communities, and operated by a community association. A transfer station was also located at Traders Cover to provide a disposal site for residents generally within the Traders Cove and Lake Okanagan Resort areas. (page 29)

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/boards_committees/agnd/2007 Agendas/07_02_26/Item 2.1 Historical Review of the Regional District of Central Okangan.pdf

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Sugar Loaf Transfer Station sign - should be open 24/7 summer 2008
Letter below asks residents to help open the Sugar Loaf transfer station up 24/7.

If you want better garbage disposal
Letter posted to the bulletin board regarding garbage disposal options.
(click letter to read larger print)
This letter was posted to the local bulletin board May 22, 2008 regarding garbage disposal options.

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From Westside Road Communities News Jun 2008 Volume 4 ~ Issue 1

June 2008 Westside Road Communities News reported that the 13th annual Westside Road clean up crew of 30 picked up 90 bags of garbage along a 15 km stretch of Westside Road embankments. (from page 16)

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June 2008 Westside Road Communities News reported the following (from page 2):

La Casa Transfer Station

Waste Reduction Manager, Carol Suhan, was pleased to have something to report.  A group from the Regional District met with a group from the La Casa strata who outlined a number of concerns/issues they would like addressed and/or defined prior to giving strata approval and leasing the property to the Regional District.

Suhan stated, "Most of the points outlined are easy to address and should not be a hindrance to building the station.  The RD is now preparing responses to some of the strata's queries and developing a time line and potential work plan."

If all goes well the new station could be open as early as spring of 2009. (from page 2)

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June 2008 Westside Road Communities News also reported that sometimes full bags of garbage are lost on the way to the transfer station (from page 6)

Do you remember this information below from before:

North West Side Transfer Stations March 20, 2007
No further progress has been made on building a second waste transfer station for North Westside Road residents. Construction cannot commence until La Casa Cottage Resort is assigned full legal authority of the property. (page 5)

 

Garbage bag laying in the road at Valley of the Sun on Westside Road near Fintry BC
Someone may have lost their garbage bag laying in the middle of the road at Valley of the Sun on May 22, 2008

 

We are past the 2nd anniversary of April 2006 when we last took photos of this garbage at Valley of the Sun transfer station.  It could even be the 3rd or 4th anniversary or more of this garbage sitting here at Valley of the Sun transfer station.  This garbage at Valley of the Sun was not lost off someone's vehicle.  Looks more like a garbage dump and not a transfer station.
Valley of the Sun's new transfer station.

There are three fridges illegally dumped at Valley of the Sun June 8, 2008 ... two years ago there were just 2 fridges illegally dumped now there are three. (photo above and below)

Use to be two fridges illegally dumped and now there are three

See photos of two of these illegally dumped fridges we took back in April 2006.

 

Garbage left at the new Valley of the Sun transfer station.
This is a closer look at one section of the garbage at Valley of the Sun transfer station.  There are a bunch of glass jars and tangled rusty wire, a plant pot ... anyway some of the glass jars are broken there and so animals could cut their feet.  Wonder who should be called ... conservation or RDCO?  Probably have better luck calling conservation.

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Garbage collection is abysmal
May 23, 2008 - Kelowna Capital News - Letters

To the editor:

When a municipality tenders for a service, the bids received provide a range of prices suppliers feel the job is worth. More often than not, choosing the lowest bidder results in unsatisfactory performance. The following is an example.

In our area, garbage is scheduled for pick-up every Friday. Most residents set it at the curb Thursday evening. Nine times out of 10 it sits there for two days. When you phone the contractors office, the explanation ranges from “it was too wet, too slippery, too windy, too cold—or one of our trucks was sick and couldn’t go out”.

This past holiday weekend our city streets were decorated with hundreds (maybe thousands) of bags until they were picked up on Monday. Not the most glamorous presentation for visiting tourists!

Bryce Ruhnke.
Kelowna

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Automated Waste Collection Approved

Starting in March 2009, the vast majority of households in the Central Okanagan will receive a new automated collection system for garbage, yard waste and recyclables. Last night the District of Lake Country Council joined its municipal partners (Regional District, City of Kelowna, District of Peachland, Westside District Municipality) by awarding the contract for collection services to OK Environmental Services.

“We’re really excited to introduce this program in partnership with all the communities within the Regional District,” says Mayor James Baker. “We work together on many initiatives but this is one of the biggest inter-regional programs we’ve collaborated on.”

Mayor Baker adds that by working together, the region was able to provide an economy of scale so the contractor could maximize equipment and labour efficiencies and pass the savings onto ratepayers. For example, in the City of Kelowna the cost to provide automated collection service is lower than with the previous manual collection costs.

Outside the City of Kelowna the costs for collection service will be about $25 higher than what residents are paying now. The additional costs are because the collection areas are more rural in nature with larger lot sizes and homes that are farther apart from one another. As well, all the collected waste will be taken to the Glenmore Landfill, as the Westside Landfill is slated for closure and redevelopment in the next few years, before the contract expires.

The primary reason that an automated collection program was selected over a manual collection system was the difficulty that haulers were having recruiting and retaining employees. Because of this, the costs for manual collection have increased significantly over the last two years, making it the more expensive option.

The five local governments are now issuing a joint tender for the purchase of the carts needed for the collection system. It is expected that the carts will cost about $12 million dollars for everyone in the region, including those on the Westbank First Nation reserves. Staff has submitted an application to the General Strategic Priority Fund to pay for the carts. The results of the application will be announced in late summer.

For more information about the new collection program, check out the Automated Collection Program webpage.

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RDCO email of April 21, 2008 states:
There are 763 properties contributing to the North Westside transfer station.  The existing properties at La Casa are not currently contributing to the existing transfer station as they have their own commercial pick up in place. However, when the new La Casa transfer station is in place, these properties will begin contributing to the cost of the North Westside transfer stations (existing one at Sugar Loaf and La Casa). At total build out there will be 450 plus properties at La Casa contributing to the North Westside transfer stations.  There are 229 homes contributing to the Trader’s Cove transfer station.

Are there 2124 properties between La Casa and Westshore Estates?

RDCO email June 2008 says:
There are 3,126 parcels in the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area. The total parcel tax revenue for these three programs (Solid Waste Collection, Waste Reduction, Recycling Program) from the Central Okanagan West Electoral Area is $154,299 or 67.87% of the $227,352 total for these three programs from the two electoral areas. Central Okanagan East has 1,480 parcels contributing $73,053 or 32.13% of the total cost of the three programs parcel tax revenues.

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Email from RDCO April 2008 states:

The annual rates of the existing contracts are: $55,000 for the North Westside transfer station and $35,000 for the Trader’s Cove transfer station. These rates may be adjusted up or down depending on the volume of garbage, recyclables and yard waste dropped off. So if there’s less dropped off, the rate goes down accordingly. If there’s more dropped off, the rate would be adjusted accordingly.

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Another RDCO April 2008 email states:

The figures are correct.
The $525,000 price for the two transfer stations is the total price for the next five years starting this July. If you take the $55,000 per year for North Westside and $35,000 per year for the Trader’s station…that’s $90,000 per year for both under the existing contract…Multiply that by five years and you get a total for both over the last five years of $450,000.

The explanation for the increase in costs in the new contract is in the report (higher labour and fuel costs) that was presented and adopted by the Regional Board at its April 10th Special meeting.

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Financial Implications April 10, 2008

Based on the volumes of recyclables collected in 2007, the costs for the operations of the recycling depots will be $365,000 per year for the five year period ($1,825,000 for five years or $7.15 per household per year). If volumes collected are higher or lower than the 2007 volumes, costs will vary accordingly. The existing costs in 2007 were $319,000. The costs with the new contract will increase 14 percent, commencing July 2008.

The cost of the operations of the North Westside Road and Traders Cove waste transfer sites will be $105,000 per year ($525,000 for five years or about $81.00 per household per year). The costs of the two stations' operations are presently about $88,000. Again, costs do vary depending on the volumes of wastes collected and the number of hauls that must be made to landfills and/or the recycling processing plant. The increase of contract costs by 20 percent is primarily attributed to the significant increases in fuel and labour costs since 2003, when the last contracts were awarded. (Costs may vary due to volumes collected.)

The costs for illegal dump site clean-ups will be about the same ($17,000 per year), but with the added service of a 3/4 ton four-wheel drive truck equipped with a 12 cubic yard refuse packer. This truck will be able to access remote locations and has a compactor mechanism that will assist personnel in the loading and collection of large items. (But how much did the compactor and truck cost?)

The cost increases were anticipated and built into the 2008 budget.

RDCO's revenue budget does not afford $105,000 per year (above) ... keep reading immediately below as budget only allows for $82,045 by 2012???

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Regional District of Central Okanagan
2008 Budget and Financial Plan 2008-2012
General Revenue Fund


From Page 4
N.O.W.E.S.I transfer station (Sugar Loaf)
2008  73,158
2009  77,313
2010  78,859
2011  80,436
2012  82,045

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Composter sale April 5, 2008 $100.00 value for $37.00 tax included
*proof of residency required

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April 9, 2008 email from Allastair Fergusson (President of North Westside Ratepayers Association)
Re: Transfer Station at LaCasa
I have been to a budget meeting at RDCO and in touch with RDCO and Jim Edgson, and finally received news today that the transfer station project is still alive.
Apparently there was a breakdown in negotiations with the parties involved but this has been rectified with new people involved as well as a new legal firm.
They tell me the project will go ahead as soon as the legalities are satisfied, but we probably wont see any material movement before this fall. They couldn't give me a timeline.
Cheers
Allastair

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Recycling Depot & Transfer Stations Contract
from Regional Board special meeting April 10, 2008

The Regional Board has awarded a five year contract for the operation and collection of materials at recycling depots, waste transfer stations and the cleanup of illegal dump sites on Crown Land. Okanagan Environmental Waste Systems Limited was one of three qualified bids received for a combined services contract, which begins July 1st 2008.

Over the five year term based on the volume of recyclables collected, the cost of operating four recycling depots will be $1,825,000 and will see improvements in the layout of each site and bin enclosures in order to improve traffic flow and parking. This cost could vary depending whether the volumes of materials collected are higher or lower than in 2007.

The cost of operating the Trader’s Cove and North Westside transfer stations will be $525,000 and takes into account higher fuel and labour costs since the last contract was awarded five years ago. The illegal dumping site cleanup cost remains at approximately $17,000 per year and the contractor will provide improved equipment to access remote locations on Crown Land.

Detail expenses for Sugar Loaf Transfer Station about $43,000

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Email from RDCO April 15, 2008 states:

The annual rates of the existing contracts are: $55,000 for the North Westside transfer station and $35,000 for the Trader’s Cove transfer station. These rates may be adjusted up or down depending on the volume of garbage, recyclables and yard waste dropped off. So if there’s less dropped off, the rate goes down accordingly. If there’s more dropped off, the rate would be adjusted accordingly.

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April 15, 2008
“GREEN” LEGISLATION SUPPORTS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
VICTORIA – The Province has introduced Bill 27, legislation to help municipalities and regional districts create more compact, sustainable and greener communities, announced Community Services Minister Ida Chong.

“The Province of British Columbia is committed to working with local governments to find solutions to climate change and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Chong. “Local governments already have access to a variety of options that can make their communities more environmentally sustainable, and today’s legislation supports this further by ensuring local governments have the tools and guidelines necessary to create more compact neighbourhoods, with a stronger focus on energy conservation, greenhouse gas reduction, and affordability.”

The 2007 and 2008 speeches from the throne and Premier Gordon Campbell’s address at the UBCM 2007 Annual Convention proposed a wide range of initiatives related to climate change, resource conservation and air quality improvements.

Once the legislation comes into force, local governments will be required to include greenhouse gas emission targets, policies and actions in their Official Community Plans and Regional Growth Strategies.

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Automated Curbside Collection Contract
From Regional Board Report Highlights March 28, 2008
for Kelowna and Central Okanagan West

The Regional Board has approved a seven year contract for automated waste and recycling collection.

After an extensive review of qualified proposals by an evaluation team, Okanagan Environmental Services was selected as the winning bid to provide the automated service starting March 1st, 2009. The company’s bid of $1,194,858 breaks down to a cost of $170,694 (plus fuel increases) in each year of the seven year contract or $117.72 per household.

In addition to the Regional Board support for the Electoral Areas, each member municipality must approve the contract for its jurisdiction.

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Get on and do something about environment
Kelowna Capital News - April 06, 2008

To the editor:

I have read several letters to the editor, including G. Baudais’ telling other readers that climate change is still a disputed topic.

Leaving this aside I think it is time for us to move on and realize that climate change is not the issue, environmental change, however, is.

Our reliance on fossil fuels, overtaxing our water resources and our insatiable consumption of the landscape are the issue.

Arguing over whether or not the temperature on this planet is rising because of humans won’t matter at all when we have no clean air, water, or arable land on which to grow food.

Give our collective heads a shake and think of how close we actually are to the tipping point of disrupting the balance of this planet’s delicate ecology. I know this cannot be disputed.

Carl Paddock,
Kelowna

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Global pollution can be cleaned up
Kelowna Capital News - April 06, 2008

To the editor:

In response to Mr. Lovegrove’s letter (While the debate drags on… April 4 Capital News), while I appreciate him taking the time to view the video on Global Warming vs Global Governance, his unsubstantiated comment that it is nothing more than a product of “conspiracy theorists” is a common reaction to anything, or anyone, that goes against what is perceived as being the accepted truth. Is it not possible that what we are told as being the truth is, in fact, a conspiracy theory in itself? How do we really know what is true?

The best that we can possibly hope for is to look at all the facts and information on all sides of the issue before making up our minds. Then we can make an informed decision and put an effective plan in place that will solve the problem at hand.

Also, Mr. Lovegrove, like many others, seems to confuse global warming with global pollution. They are clearly two different issues. Of course, global pollution is predominantly man-made but, global warming has very little, or nothing to do with increased CO2 levels caused by man. (Science has shown that human beings are responsible for less than three per cent of the increase in current CO2 levels, which have been proven to be at much higher levels historically, long before the industrial revolution made its entrance not that so long ago.)

As for global pollution, I am all for the human race “cleaning up its act.” We overconsume, we waste, we pollute our air, our water, and our soil with toxic chemicals, we cut down forests, we create millions of tons of garbage every year.

Again, we must not confuse the two issues otherwise, we aren’t likely to come up with any effective solutions at all.

Grant Baudais,
Kelowna

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2008 INITIATIVES (BY RDCO FOR RDCO)
Commence the design of the solid waste transfer station located at the La Casa development on Westside Road. The transfer station will provide area residents with an additional local garbage disposal and recycling facility.

Source RDCO 2007 Annual Report pg 8

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CITY OF KELOWNA STATE OF THE ENVIRONMENT REPORT 2003

1.1.1.4 Activities that Contribute to “Fair” and “Poor” Air Quality Days
1.1.1.4.1 Vehicular Traffic
Vehicular traffic in the City of Kelowna (from page 8)

Vehicle exhaust is a significant contributing source to ozone formation. Growth projection patterns estimate Kelowna’s population to increase to 153,222 in 2020. A growing population contributes to increased vehicle usage, which results in additional vehicle emissions.
Assuming travel habits and modes of transport remain the same, Kelowna’s personal automobile use during peak travel periods is expected to increase by 77% by 2013. Also, considering additional demand from adjoining communities, the City’s peak hour traffic demands are actually expected to double (City of Kelowna, 2002a).
Figure 1.0 shows the number of registered vehicles in the City of Kelowna from 1998 to 2003.

Dust from vehicular traffic is estimated to be the largest source of particulate matter (PM10) emitted into the Central Okanagan’s atmosphere. Particulate concentrations are greatest during February, March and April each year, due to sand accumulations from winter road maintenance and dry conditions. In response, the City has successfully reduced the volume of winter sand application by 58% since 1998 by adopting magnesium chloride spray technology. Less sand on roadways helps to maintain good air quality in the region.

1.1.2.2 Pollutants of Concern (from page 11)
Fine particulates (PM2.5 and PM10) and ground level ozone are the only pollutants to exceed provincial guidelines; therefore, these two pollutants are of greatest concern. This section provides a description of fine particulate and ground level ozone, as well as pertinent data, which depicts annual trends of these pollutants.
1.1.2.2.1 Fine Particulates
There are two classifications of fine particulates in the atmosphere - PM2.5 and PM10.
PM2.5
Usually associated with combustion. Smoke and vehicle emissions are the primary source of PM2.5
Less than 2.5μm (micrometer) in diameter
Remains in the atmosphere from days to weeks, thereby increasing the chance of inhalation and transport to other airsheds
Can penetrate deep into the lungs causing breathing difficulties or permanent lung damage
The consensus of the medical community is that, of all fine particulate matter, PM2.5 formed during combustion has the greatest impact on human health

Q. What health effects are associated with particulate matter that is less than 2.5μm in diameter?
A. Health ailments associated with fine particulates:

  • Runny nose

  • Pneumonia

  • Bronchitis
  • Death
  • Asthma

  • Coughing

  • Emphysema
 


Fine PM10 Particles (from page 12)
Smoke and vehicle exhausts are typical constituents of fine PM10 particles
• Range from 0μm to 2.5μm in diameter
PM10 has been continuously measured in Kelowna since 1994 at the KLO Road Air Station. Average data is recorded hourly by the Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection (MWLAP) in the same manner as PM2.5.
Smoke from burning and dusts from road traction materials are major contributing sources that cause PM10 concentrations to increase. Figure 1.3 illustrates the history of hours per month that PM10 degraded air quality into the “fair” range.

(from page 107)
The top five environmental concerns identified by Kelowna residents in the October 1998 telephone survey were:

1. Air Quality
2. Drinking Water Quality
3. Waste Disposal
4. Loss of Natural Space
5. Water Supply

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From North Westside Communities News Spring 2008

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Automated Waste Collection Program
From March 17, 2008 Board Reports
The Regional Board has authorized staff to submit a
grant application to the Union of BC Municipalities
General Strategic Priorities Fund to cover the costs of
purchasing wheeled carts to be used in the proposed
Automated Waste and Recycling Collection Program.
Should the grant not be received, staff will prepare a
loan authorization bylaw for $262,000 for the
purchase of carts for 1,450 single-family dwellings
in
the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan
West Electoral Areas
. It also recommends the
Westside District Municipality prepare a similar bylaw
for more than $1.8 million to purchase carts for 9,500
property owners
.

$262,000 divided by 1,450 carts = $180.69 each cart
$1,800,000 divided by 9,500 carts = $189.47 each cart

 

Automated Waste and Recycling Collection Program
From March 17, 2008 Board Report Highlights

Staff will also prepare a loan authorization bylaw for $262,000 for the purchase of carts for 1,450 single family dwellings in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas.  It also recommends the Westside District Municipality
prepare a similar bylaw for more than $1.8 million to purchase carts for 9,500 property owners.

If the UBCM funding is not approved, it’s anticipated elector support would be required through the Alternative Approval Process.

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Bylaw No. 1162 Consolidated (Includes Bylaw No. 1164-2006, 1183-2006, 1203-2007 and 1223-2007.) A bylaw to provide for the regulation of solid waste.

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/bylaws/Bylaws/Bylaw1162.pdf This is not the consolidated bylaw

Solid Waste Management Regulation Bylaw 1253.pdf This is the newest bylaw

 

Schedule "D" page 1 Sanitary Landfill/Recycling Fees
Owners of all Residential Dwelling Units, including Owners of property who have received a Waiver of Service, will be levied annually on their property tax notice or utility bill a charge of $60.74 to cover garbage and yard waste collection and $49.36 to cover Sanitary Landfill refuse disposal costs, recycling programs and waste reduction activities. New accounts will be billed from the date of request for final inspection on a pro-rated basis.

4 Prohibitions, offences and penalties (from page 9)
4.1 Prohibitions
it says 4.1.13 Regional District Board of Directors can grant waiver of service for garbage disposal.

4.2 Container Requirements - Residential (from page 10)
4.2.1 Owners of Residential Dwelling Premises within the Collection Area shall also provide Blue Bags to contain Household Recyclable Materials set out for collection. *Note* Some people use their shopping bags and grocery bags as garbage bags, now since Blue Bags are mandatory these people who recycle their grocery and shopping bags as garbage bags will be contributing more plastic to the environment, and adding these blue bags to their list of expenses as well!

Schedule "B" page 1 Landfill Site Regulations
2.0 All Garbage, Mandatory Recyclable Materials and/or Recyclable Materials deposited at an Approved Waste Management Facility shall become the property of the Regional District, except where such materials are deposited contrary to the provisions of this bylaw
.

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Coldstream trashes universal collection
Coldsream trashes universal collection for garbage
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Article from the Vernon Morning Star March 30, 2008

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How about 24/7 GARBAGE DISPOSAL. You can vote on it!

When are more transfer station sites coming ... residents have been waiting since 1999 for RDCO to increase the number of transfer stationsSee page 55 and 56 of the North Westside Official Community Plan (.pdf)

WHEN IS IT ACTUALLY GOING TO HAPPEN, in the year nano nano?

It looks like residents won't get what they want, especially if they don't complain about it and keep complaining about it.  RDCO doesn't seem to listen to residents so they need to yell louder!  Don't give up!!

LATEST NEWS

Email we received from RDCO February 13, 2008

As you are aware, the Regional District of Central Okanagan is still working with the La Casa strata to establish a second transfer station site adjacent to the development which will provide an alternate option for North Westside residents.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, it’s now anticipated the earliest the new site could be operational would be late this year.

The Regional District understands that programs and services provided may not be considered satisfactory to all residents of the Central Okanagan however we strive for fiscal responsibility in all services and programs that we provide on behalf of all ratepayers of the Central Okanagan.

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**NOTE** 

If RDCO dismisses some residents regarding garbage that is how garbage ends up in the bush, at the entrance to our subdivisions, and in front of the locked gate at the transfer station.  All residents need access!

Highlights of the Regional Board Meeting–Dec 10, 2001
Contract Approved
The Regional Board gave approval to a five-year contract with the North Westside Ratepayers Association for the operation of the North Westside Road Waste Transfer and Recycling Station. For the past five years, the Ratepayers Association has administered the operation of this waste transfer and recycling station that services approximately 600 homes at the north end of Westside Road. The site was originally established when the Bouleau Dump was closed in 1996. Under the terms of the agreement the Regional District pays the association a sum of $9,152.00 for each year and in return the association handles all the administration including staffing for four mornings a week.

Photo of illegally dumped BBQ sitting next to the bulletin board at Valley of the Sun
This illegally dumped BBQ sat next to the bulletin board/shelter located at the entrance to Valley of the Sun all winter 2007-2008.

RDCO 's reply Feb 14, 2008; Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We have passed your request to the appropriate agency as this photo indicates the object is within the highway right of way.

This BBQ has been sitting at the entrance to Valley of the Sun all winter of 2007-2008
This BBQ sat at the entrance to Valley of the Sun all winter 2007-2008 and it was still there on Feb 17, 2008

This BBQ has sat at the entrance to Valley of the Sun all winter and maybe till who knows when???
This BBQ was still there on March 6, 2008 when we drove by.

 

The BBQ disappeared but now some other junk is in its place.

Found this Deer meat laying on the side of the road on the Okanagan Indian Band Reserve near Beau Park Road... disgusting!
We found this deer meat laying on the side of the road on the Okanagan Indian Band Reserve near Beau Park Road!  It was not fully defrosted when we found it.

If this deer meat was any good, its too bad they didn't drop it off at the food bank....but then again maybe the food bank would not be permitted to give it out if it wasn't inspected.  What a disgusting mess this will be for someone to pick up after it rots, unless the animals eat it.
If this deer meat was any good, its too bad they didn't drop it off at the food bank....but then again maybe the food bank would not be permitted to give it out if it wasn't inspected.  What a disgusting mess this will be for someone to pick up after it rots, unless the animals eat it.

Trash Compactors

The only problem with compactors are that the garbage bag can get heavy, maybe 50 lbs if you fill it up!!

FIRST SOLAR POWERED TRASH COMPACTOR

It's called Big Belly, it's the first solar-powered trash compactor in Canada, and it was recently installed near Town and Gown square at UniverCity. The SFU Community Trust and Vancity Enterprises jointly purchased the $5,600 high-tech dumpster. UniverCity president and CEO Michael Geller (right) and Vancity Enterprises president and CEO Jacques Khouri unveiled it Feb. 20. Powered by the sun's energy, it senses when its 42-gallon receptacle is full and then compresses the trash to as little as one-eighth of its original volume, reducing the number of garbage truck pick-ups.

If you signed the garbage petition in 2006, did you get a phone call from Jim Edgson?

At this meeting at LaCasa, Jim Edgson told the person that took the garbage petition around that Jim Edgson phoned everyone that signed the garbage petition and that some residents said that they only signed the garbage petition because they wanted the person taking the garbage petition around off of their doorstep.  Is it true that Jim Edgson phoned everyone that signed the garbage petition?  Is it true that people just signed the garbage petition to get the petitioner off their doorstep.  Let us know if you didn't get a phone call and or you just wanted the petitioner off your doorstep by filling out this feedback form.

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Do you feel that the Regional District of Central Okanagan mislead residents with the transfer station survey they did?

RDCO said in the information enclosed with the transfer station survey the following, "It is up to residents what level of service they want."

Do we not pay taxes for services, and do we not live in a democracy, or do somehow we live in a dictatorship named democracy???

Bring that up (above) to RDCO if you decide to complain!!

At least one resident feels that this statement on the survey discussed in the paragraph above in the color green is very misleading and feel that some residents may have felt that the statement made in RDCO's survey meant something to the effect that RDCO will give residents their own choice.  RDCO really only gave residents three choices of which RDCO chose to begin with.  1. Status Quo 2. Curbside pickup  or 3. One new transfer station at LaCasa.  The residents petition asked for something completely different involving smaller transfer stations at each subdivision.  Some residents question that another transfer station will eventually be built at La Casa!!  Some residents are very upset that RDCO won't take the residents petition seriously enough to just dismiss it like RDCO and the North Westside Communities Association did.

Customers in the two Electoral Areas (Westside and Central Okanagan East), will see utility billing and parcel tax rates rise just over $12 to $110.10 to reflect the increases in
the new contracts.


This is a photo of a garbage bag laying in the middle of Westside Road at Parker Cove on Feb 2, 2008.  This is what curbside pickup would look like in a rural area.  You see garbage strewn all along Westside Road on the reserve when it is the reserves garbage day, mostly from dogs and coyotes and in the summer bears.
This is from an email that the Regional District of Central Okanagan sent us Oct 9, 2007

We understand that the resort (LaCasa) had to re-apply to the province for approval regarding this proposed transfer station site. We are awaiting further direction and information regarding this proposal and have no further information available.

You can most likely bet that RDCO is doing nothing about the new transfer station site!!!!  Why don't you phone and ask?

WHY DID THE NWCA AND RDCO
WANT TO DEAL WITH LACASA TO START WITH?
 
We suggest that residents start emailing and phoning RDCO and ask them for garbage disposal at each subdivision and open 24/7 with residents issued a key and maybe a small two bag compartment similar to the mailbox compartments if need be so waste can be monitored without someone standing there watching you throw your bag in the garbage, which is expensive to staff at over $11,000.  RDCO did say that one of the reasons they didn't want to install smaller transfer station bins in each subdivision was something to do with monitoring the waste.  Well its costing us a lot to monitor the waste which must cost over $11,600 per year by now.  This amount of money could be used to buy smaller bins that would be a one time payment instead of paying that every year.  Nobody needs or deserves to have their house broken into by a bear, and nobody needs to go broke over garbage disposal either!  Some residents feel its time that RDCO brought the price of garbage disposal down for property tax payers, and that this is not an unreasonable request!
Now is the time to contact RDCO and complain because we don't have a transfer station yet and it said in the newspaper that we could see one by the early part of this year which we haven't seen yet.  It is good timing to get on RDCO's case now because you still don't have a transfer station and before one overly large transfer station is built at LaCasa!!  If that happens we may have a harder time to get smaller bins located at each subdivision.  If everyone complains maybe RDCO will do something, and its a sure bet that RDCO won't do anything if hardly anybody complains!  We know that many many people signed the transfer station petition so its not like you are the only one to complain!!  Lets all stick together and whoever is dissatisfied make your complaint to RDCO!  Now is the time!

Can you believe this, the NWCA suggest residents ask their neighbours to take their garbage out for them!!!
This notice (above) was in the North Westside Communities News June 2007 page 9

Some residents hope their neighbour doesn't call on them to take their garbage out, as they have a hard enough time taking their own garbage out to dispose!

And who wants to smell other peoples garbage, its bad enough having to smell your own!

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ENGINEERING COMMITTEE MINUTES
April 03, 2003
Page 6

April is Community Clean Up Month
Residents can band together for litter clean-ups in their favourite neighbourhood, school or park. Green garbage bags and safety vests are provided, and the litter is collected and taken to the landfill.

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Bear Breaks Into House Right Through The Wall - Oct. 1, 2007. The solution, he says, is residents should not be holding onto garbage at all, not even in a locked garage.  He suggests making daily trips to the garbage transfer station until November when the bears finally hibernate.

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6 Ton of Illegally Dumped Garbage collected from the base of Sugar Loaf Mountain

This article was in the December 2005 issue of the North Westside Communities News sponsored by the NWCA
6 tons of illegally dumped garbage was picked up near the Sugar Loaf transfer station.
Click article to read the whole page.

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Staff managed several significant unsightly premise cleanups, a 2nd
cleanup on a Highway 33 property in the City of Kelowna and large
cleanup on a Fintry North property.

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2004 Civic Info Report
An illegal dumping mapping function will be completed.

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It states in the article below that this is the 10th year of the Westside Road annual cleanup and that 30 volunteers picked up 2 pickup loads plus 37 bags of garbage along Westside Road.  Click on article below to read it.

From North Westside Communities News Page 4 December 2005 Issue
North Westside Road volunteers pickup 2 pickup loads plus 37 bags of garbage!
Click page to read larger print.
(Windows XP users may have to click on the bottom right corner of the article after you click on it, if you still can't read it)

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These articles below are from the local North Westside Communities News which is published quarterly.

 

Nothing was published in the North Westside Communities News June 2007 from The Regional District by Carol Suhan but the North Westside Communities News did publish this (below) on page 10:

LaCasa Transfer Station - As with the above playground acquiring land from the Provincial Government is slow.  The LaCasa Strata is still waiting for the title to the land so the transfer station can be built.  Everything else is ready to go as soon as the title arrives.


 

Regional District of Central Okanagan now administers the Sugar Loaf Transfer Station

 

From North Westside Communities News December 2006 page 4

 

Kelowna Landfill Fees Change article in the Vernon Morning Star Sept 17, 2006 Page C11

The latest news about the transfer station at LaCasa is that we can't find an APPLICATION FOR LAND ON THE GOVERNMENT WEBSITE WHEN WE SEARCH FOR THE NEW TRANSFER STATION SITE THAT WAS INTENDED TO OPEN AT LACASA IN EARLY 2007 - NO THANKS TO THE NWCA.  (Didn't we read somewhere that we are waiting for a land application to be approved?).  Keyword searches we tried at Land Management application website were, "Regional District of Central Okanagan, Azura, Ewan Stewart, and Kelowna.  The only applications we see are for the new children's playground at Westshore Estates plus an application for Azura's (LaCasa) moorage on Okanagan Lake. You can search land applications at the link below and see that there is no land application that you can find for a transfer station at LaCasa through the Strata unless its a moorage application or the Westshore Estates children's playground.  Oh here it is under KAS2428  http://arfd.gov.bc.ca/ApplicationPosting/viewpost.jsp?PostID=9211

Were we not told that LaCasa was donating land, or were we bluffed???  One resident specifically remembers RDCO say that the land was being donated by LaCasa and not that LaCasa was applying to the Provincial Government for the land for maybe $1.00 yr and then LaCasa lease the land for $1.00 yr. to the North Westside!!! What do you think and remember?

It doesn't say anything here (below) that LaCasa has to get permission to purchase the land first.
Azura Management has offered to lease land for a transfer station site at LaCasa Lakeside Cottage Resort.
This part of a page above was taken from page 3 of the 6 pages of attached instructions that came with RDCO's solid waste survey
Click letter above to read larger print and the rest of that one page of the 6 page series of instructions that came in the mailbox regarding RDCO's Waste Management Survey.

We read in the North Westside Communities Newsletter of June 2007 on page 10.  It states, "As with the playground, acquiring land from the Provincial Government is slow.  The LaCasa Strata is still waiting for the title to the land so the transfer station can be built.  Everything else is ready to go as soon as the title arrives."  Do you remember being told the land for the new transfer station at LaCasa was being donated by LaCasa?  Here it says on RDCO's solid waste survey "Azura Management (LaCasa Lakeside Cottage Resort) offered to lease property for $1.00/year to the Regional District to construct a second waste transfer station at LaCasa that the whole community could access." RDCO told one resident this land was being donated by LaCasa not leased, and that it was a big secret until release time to the community, and that RDCO could not divulge any information further about it.

Oh and do you remember that RDCO's solid waste survey said "It is up to residents to decide what level of service they want"  And do NWCA members and non-members remember filling out the petition to have RDCO install smaller transfer stations at each subdivision that the NWCA and RDCO dismissed?  Do you remember how the NWCA sided with RDCO and not residents regarding smaller transfer station sites at each subdivision?  www.okanaganlakebc.ca regrets this happening to residents!!  Its too bad that the NWCA didn't represent residents and their own members then, instead of representing RDCO.

If you want smaller transfer stations in each subdivision then you need to contact the Regional District.  Specifically Aaron Dinwoodie Westside Director whom told the resident that took the petition around, residents signed the petition to get the resident taking the transfer station petition around off their doorstep.  Now the person who took the petition around has been told by Wayne Carson the Fire Chief (Oct 10, 2007), that some people told him that they just signed the garbage petition to get the person taking the petition around off of their doorstep.  So both Aaron Dinwoodie and Wayne Carson are basically saying the same thing.  Who knows, maybe a couple people did say that, but we don't think the majority feel that way!!  We think that most people want garbage disposal in their subdivision.

RDCO Westside Director Aaron.Dinwoodie@cord.bc.ca
RDCO Westside Director David.Knowles@cord.bc.ca
RDCO Westside Director Len.Novakowski@cord.bc.ca
Communications Co-ordinator bruce.smith@cord.bc.ca

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/boards_committees/board_regional_board.aspx

Administration Office
Phone: (250) 763-4918
Fax: (250) 763-0606
Email: info@cord.bc.ca
Address: 1450 KLO Road, Kelowna, BC, V1W 3Z4
Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday-Friday / Except Holidays

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Do you remember being told that the new Transfer Station at LaCasa may open early in 2007.  Well if you don't remember you can read it in the Vernon Morning Star Oct 8, 2006 article below.

Westside Road Residents wanted more than just one new transfer station at LaCasa though!
Click on article for larger print.
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Page 4 of the March 2007 NWCA News it states:

The Regional District (RD) is now responsible for operations of the Sugar Loaf waste transfer station.

The RD has contracted BFI to administer staff and haul bin contents to the landfill and recycling plants.

Shelly continues to staff the station and be liaison with the RD.

The LaCasa waste transfer station is waiting for the Province.  An application was made to purchase the land from the Province.  The monies were accepted by the Province in late fall 2006, the LaCasa Strata still has not received title.  The survey and drawings are complete and once the LaCasa Strata receives the title, the RD will proceed with the lease and build the transfer station.

A "bulky item" collection has been planned for late Spring - old appliances, furniture, etc.  Watch for posters.

RDCO says in the NWCA News (below) that LaCasa is purchasing the land from the Provincial Government.
LaCasa is purchasing land from the provincial government.
Click article (above) to read larger print.  This taken from the NWCA News March 2007 Issue Page 4. (Windows XP users may have to click in the bottom right corner of the article after they click the article above, to make the article big.)

Are residents suppose to store their old appliances and furniture for part of a year until RDCO wants it???  Residents don't always have room for that!  That is probably why you seen that old fridge sitting on the side of the road at Shorts Creek all that one winter lol !!!

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Preventing municipal pollution
82 If the minister is satisfied on reasonable grounds that an activity or operation has been or is being performed by a municipality in a manner that is likely to release a substance that will cause pollution of the environment, the minister may, with respect to the municipality, exercise the powers that a director may exercise under section 81 (1) [pollution prevention orders] in relation to other persons.
http://www.qp.gov.bc.ca/statreg/stat/E/03053_07.htm#section82

Pollution prevention orders
81 (1) If a director is satisfied on reasonable grounds that an activity or operation has been or is being performed by a person in a manner that is likely to release a substance that will cause pollution, the director may order a person referred to in subsection (2), at that person's expense, to do any of the following:

(a) provide to the director information the director requests relating to the activity, operation or substance;

(b) undertake investigations, tests, surveys or any other action the director considers necessary to prevent the pollution and report the results to the director;

(c) acquire, construct or carry out any works or measures that are reasonably necessary to prevent the pollution;

(d) adjust, repair or alter any works to the extent reasonably necessary to prevent the pollution.

(2) An order made under subsection (1) may be served on one or more of the following persons:

(a) a person who previously had or now has possession, charge or control of the substance;

(b) a person who previously did anything, or who is now doing anything, which may cause the release of the substance;

(c) a person who previously owned or occupied, or now owns or occupies, the land on which the substance is located.

(3) An order made under subsection (1) may authorize a person or persons designated by the director to enter land for the purpose of preventing the pollution.

(4) The powers of a director under this section may not be exercised in relation to any part of an activity or operation that is in compliance with the regulations or a permit, approval, order, waste management plan or operational certificate or an authorization made under the regulations.

(5) For the purposes of this section, "person" does not include a municipality.
http://www.qp.gov.bc.ca/statreg/stat/E/03053_07.htm#section81

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READ COMMENTS RESIDENTS WROTE ON RDCO's SURVEY

Okanagan Lake's Website Comments and Comment Form

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North Westside Road Residents Network

Belonging to a membership or not, you can still have your own individual vote counted in the North Westside Road area.  The NEW North Westside Road Residents Network.  No donations required!

Communities survey regarding garbage disposal.

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BC Ombudsman Letters

Letter from BC Ombudsman regarding the garbage disposal problem for North Westside Road residents.

2nd Letter from BC Ombudsman -   Page 1  |  Page 2

Lastly, your fax notes that you think that CORD has mislead Westside residents by stating that the option of multiple, small facilities is not an option under the approved Solid Waste Management Plan (the Plan)

If you wish, we can investigate this last concern, your complaint that CORD's reason for not providing service in the form requested as based on inaccurate or mistaken information about what is possible under the Plan.  If you wish us to investigate that complaint we need more information from you, including copies of any documents you have which explain or support your complaint and details of any conversations you have had with CORD about the issue.

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Canada's Waste Reduction Week is Oct 16 -22 2006

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There is a Solid Waste Management Open House at Killiney Beach Hall on September 21, 2006 at 7 PM

THE TRANSFER STATION AT LACASA

IS NOT FREE

READ MORE ABOUT IT BELOW

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Looks like one new transfer station at LaCasa won out.

RDCO's Transfer Station Survey Results

Residents are not getting a new transfer station from RDCO for free.  LaCasa may be donating the land, but taxpayers are footing the bill for materials and the expense to design it.

Taxpayers can maybe get free land near the mailboxes by applying to the Ministry of Transportation, so why is their money going towards building materials and design at LaCasa, when LaCasa already has their own bins?

RDCO must be counting on the 500+ residents at LaCasa to pay as well, so existing residents don't have a larger utility bill to run the new transfer station site.  I don't understand how that will work as there is 710 existing paying users of Sugar Loaf at $40.00 per month each now, and the garbage bill is suppose to stay the same if a new transfer station site is to be built.  There will be shortage of 200 properties paying the $40.00 fee at LaCasa.  Who is going to pay for the other 200 properties if the calculations are correct?

Will existing properties have to make up for the funding shortfall in a year or so down the road when all is said and done? 

There isn't 500+ homes finished being built at LaCasa yet so who is paying in the meantime to man the new transfer station site, as it costs at least $11,600 per year to man Sugar Loaf according to this report under the heading "contract services" for the North Westside Ratepayers Association.

Don't think RDCO is doing existing residents a favour by building a new transfer station at LaCasa, as RDCO is doing this for LaCasa.   Westside Road won't be able to handle all the traffic of 500+ new homes all going to Sugar Loaf.  Just imagine the traffic around the transfer station site at Sugar Loaf if 500+ new homes had to use Sugar Loaf too.  RDCO pretty much had to build another transfer station, or LaCasa would have to look after their garbage themselves as they do now.

Garbage strewn about at a rental property on Okanagan Lake
This garbage was found in front of a rental property.

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Application For Exemption From Garbage Fee

Valley of the Sun and other residents may have the option to opt out of paying for garbage disposal with (RDCO's application for exemption form .txt format or .doc format, that anyone can download and print out) to be permitted to have their own garbage disposal bin in their own subdivision, take their garbage to the landfill or whatever. 

Residents wanting exemption need to take the time to fill out RDCO's application for exemption form thoughtfully.  RDCO has a whole list of excuses about why RDCO will not permit residents an exemption.  You can win an exemption with the following:

"The social, legal and environmental benefits of the service (e.g. tidier streets, less traffic, increased responsibility in the management of household garbage, achievement of waste reduction goals) outweigh concerns about variations in the level of use."

Click here to see an "application for exemption" refusal letter from RDCO.

Residents can fill out the Ministry of Transportations "Public Highway Permit Application Form" and apply to be permitted to place garbage bins near the mailboxes or somewhere else preferred.

**To download .txt formatted files just click on the link below, and the .txt file will open in a new browser window.  Then in the top menu click on "file/save as" and save to your desktop or elsewhere.  Then go to your desktop and click on the file to open it and print it out.

**To download .doc formatted files, right click on the link and then click on save as.  Save the file to your desktop.   Then go to your desktop and click on the file.  If Microsoft Word is installed on your computer, Microsoft Word should start up automatically and open the file for you.  You will need Microsoft Word to view the file and print it out.

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GARBAGE BIN EXPENSE

1 - 8 yard garbage bin (same as LaCasa's) costs $252.88 per month.  This price includes once per week hauling costs, taxes, and landfill fees.  An 8 yard bin is 6.5 feet high x 6 feet wide x 5.5 feet deep. 

LaCasa does not have a fence around their two 8 yard bins so I don't suppose the bears can get in it.  People have a hard time reaching the bin, as you can see how tall the bins are at LaCasa, and how garbage accumulates on the ground around the bins.  A capital cost to build and install stairs for easier access to the bin, along with a solid gate at the bottom of the stairs may have to be built to keep bears off if a motion sensor light doesn't scare them away.

If 30 residents of Valley of the Sun rented one 8 yard garbage bin, it would cost each of the 30 residents $8.43 per month, and if they needed two bins, it would cost each property $16.86 per month for bin rental including hauling fees, landfill fees, and taxes.

Expense to lease land and administration of the transfer site in Valley of the Sun on Balsam Road for each property could be proposed to be between $2.00 and $10.00 per month for each property depending on if electricity is needed, and private land is required, etc.  Or maybe the Ministry of Transportation will allow residents to locate a garbage bin on the road allowance near the mailboxes and then it wouldn't cost anything to lease or pay for private land.

Insurance costs still have to be worked out, and will be coming soon.  Not sure if insurance would be needed if transfer station bin was placed on the road allowance, but maybe?

A one time fee for each property may be needed for the expense of excavation and purchasing a culvert which still needs to be worked out if placed on private land, but the cost of this will be coming soon.  The bin does not need a cement pad under it, and only needs a packed gravel base.

Electricity for lighting is available on private property on Balsam Road as well as a motion sensor camera could be installed if there were problems.  The capital cost to purchase and install a motion sensor light to scare the bears off at night wouldn't cost that much and would keep the cost of full-time lighting to a minimum.  There could be a motion sensor camera installed to stop abuse.

Valley of the Sun residents would only be permitted to dump everyday residential household waste at Valley of the Sun transfer bin site, and would still have to take hazardous waste, furniture and appliances either to the Westside or Vernon Landfills or make a deal with Sugar Loaf if policy changes and disposal of these types of items are permitted at Sugar Loaf.  Residents could also opt to look after disposal of these other items themselves.

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RDCO's Transfer Station Survey Results

I am told by RDCO that RDCO had 374 responses out of 687 sent out, and that approx. 25 were "return to sender" because RDCO had the wrong address or recipients had moved.  RDCO says the results are as follows:

49%  One more transfer station at LaCasa

42%  Status Quo

7%  Curbside Pickup

Total above is 98% out of 100%, so what did the other 2% vote?  Just waiting for the exact figures.

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78% of respondents said they would use a large item drop-off at least occasionally.

22% said they would never use it.

Just waiting for the exact figures.

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Sugarloaf preferred hours of operation

73% or  253 Votes Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

8% or 27 Votes Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4 p.m.

13% or 52 Votes Monday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12:00 noon and Wednesday and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4 p.m.

4% or 20 Votes Monday and Saturday from 12:00 noon to 4p.m. and Wednesday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.

4% or 19 Votes Other

Total 371 votes, but 374 surveys were supposedly returned.

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La Casa preferred hours of operation

40% or 175 Votes Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon

21% or 83 Votes Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4 p.m.

11% or 46 Votes Monday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon and Wednesday and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.

8% or 33 Votes Monday and Saturday from 12 noon to 4 p.m. and Wednesday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon

8% or 31 Votes Other

Total 368 votes, but 374 surveys were supposedly returned.

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The NWCR.ca published RDCO's survey results on their website, but published incorrect results.  The NWCR website says the results are being taken to the Regional Board for approval.  The Engineering Committee should give approval in September, and the infrastructure should be built and ready to go in January.

RDCO said, "The results of the survey and recommendation will be presented to the Engineering Committee and if it agrees with staff’s recommendation, will recommend the same to the RD Board of Directors to accept. This procedure will take about a month and a half, at which time building can commence."

It seems residents signatures on a petition mean nothing to the Regional District of Central Okanagan.  Maybe the signatures will mean something to the BC Ombudsman if the Ombudsman ever finds time to get around to it.

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Young Canadians are more aware of the issues than many seniors and parents, and they increasingly recognize that they want some of what they inherit to be decent places and a living environment.
http://www.infc.gc.ca/infc-eng.html

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Below is an email received August 21, 2006 from The Regional District of Central Okanagan explaining why additional smaller unstaffed transfer stations are not an option for Westside Road subdivisions.

"The Solid Waste Management Plan requires that we reduce waste disposal in our communities (50% by 2000 and 75% by 2011).  One of the regulations adopted in 1992 in pursuit of the waste reduction requirement was the maximum of 2 bags of garbage per week per household.  The new Solid Waste Management Plan, expected to be approved by the Ministry of Environment this fall, is recommending that that the maximum volume disposed go to 1 bag per household per week within the next five years.  Unlimited access to transfer stations does not meet the waste disposal limitations nor allows us to monitor what is being disposed (i.e., hazardous waste)."

RDCO claim they want to monitor hazardous waste, but right now hazardous waste can be hidden inside a garbage bag because nobody monitors what is in each garbage bag.  Plus hazardous waste is being thrown in the forest because it has to be driven a 45 minute drive to the Westside Landfill or Vernon Landfill.

By using a cardlock system, RDCO can limit how many bags you are permitted or pay more for sorting.

The transfer station attendants job description could change to have the attendant go around to each additional transfer station site to pick up garbage once per week as described here at the Ministry of Environments website.

We could also reduce hauling charges by compacting our garbage.
http://www.chicago-compactors.com/outside-compactor-waste-system.php

OUTSIDE TRASH COMPACTOR SYSTEM would reduce hauling charges.  See what this waste compactor costs.

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There are 710 paying properties of Sugar Loaf Transfer Station.  If 5 private properties were purchased @ $30,000.00 each, it would cost each property $212.00 to purchase private land to place 5 additional transfer stations on.

5 properties x $30,000 = $150,000
divided by 710 properties
                   Total          = $212.00 each

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Residents Petition part 2

After the North Westside Road residents were sent a survey by RDCO regarding garbage disposal in August 2006, another petition was started in the Muir, Fintry, and Valley of the Sun subdivisions. Only the summer residents that did not sign the previous transfer station petition in March 2006 were targeted before they left for the summer.  Part 2 of the petition asks residents if they are willing to pay a one time payment of $212.00 to purchase 5 new properties to place transfer station bins on.  There may be a few more summer residents I can run into yet, but here are the results so far.

  • 19 properties signed petition at Fintry subdivision (see petition pages 1 and 2)

  • 5 properties signed petition at Muir subdivision (see petition)

  • 3 properties signed petition at Valley of the Sun subdivision (see petition)

TOTAL = 27 more properties signatures

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This story hit the Vernon Morning Star and CHBC News, after which RDCO's survey of North Westside Road residents regarding garbage disposal at the transfer station, had to be returned by August 11, 2006.

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Solutions to the transfer station problems facing North Westside Road Residents

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Problems with RDCO ( The Regional District of Central Okanagan ) Solution to the Garbage Problems

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Email sent to Minister of Environment Barry Penner regarding the garbage disposal problem for North Westside Road residents.

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Official Community Plan Says Residents Want More Transfer Stations

North Westside Official Community Plan of 1999 that states on page 57 that the Regional Districts objectives were to increase the number of new transfer stations and improve the operations of existing transfer stations

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FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO FUND TRANSFER STATION SITES

The Regional District of Central Okanagan can tap into the Community Works fund of $344,000.00 on page 8 section 7.2.1 (to reduce greenhouse gases and provide for cleaner air and water page 5 section 4.2) which could go towards the cost of installing smaller transfer stations near each subdivision in the North Westside Road area, as it states on page 15 that the fund is eligible to go towards developing or improve solid waste collection.  See Regional Board Highlights August 21, 2006

Municipal Rural Infrastructure Grant
The MRIF (Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund) is cost-shared, with the Government of Canada contributing, on average, one-third of total project eligible costs. Provinces and municipalities contribute the remainder.  In total across Canada, a minimum of 60 percent of funding under the MRIF, with a minimum of 40 percent per jurisdiction, targets “green infrastructure” that provide a better quality of life and benefit through sustainable development. These include water, wastewater, solid waste, municipal energy improvements, and public transit.
The next round of approvals will be based on applications received by February 29, 2008.

Sustainable Environment Fund Act
The object of the fund is to provide for programs to protect and enhance the environment.  The Minister of Environment, Lands and Parks may pay money out of the fund for initiatives to reduce and manage solid, liquid, hazardous and atmospheric waste and for other environmental protection and environmental renewal initiatives.

Community & Regional District Grant Programs
Small Community Grants which are unconditional grants to municipalities to assist them to provide basic services.  These grants generally apply to municipalities with populations up to 19,000.  Basic Regional District Grants, etc.

Municipal Finance Authority Act
The objects of the authority are to providing financing for regional districts and their member municipalities by the issue of securities of the authority and the lending of the proceeds from those securities to the regional district on whose request the financing is undertaken.

Local Government Grants Act - Conditional and Unconditional Grants

Guide to the Preparation of Regional Solid Waste Management Plans by Regional Districts —Part I
7. Financial Assistance Programs
(1) As part of the Partnership with Local Government element of the provincial strategy, financial assistance is available to regional districts, municipalities and registered, non-profit community groups. This facilitates their participation in achieving the provincial goal of 50% reduction in the amount of MSW requiring disposal by the year 2000.
(2) The Applicant's Guide to Financial Assistance Programs provides greater detail and the most up-to-date information on each of the above programs, as well as application procedures. Copies of the Applicant's Guide and further information can be obtained by contacting the BC Government Publications Index.
(3) In addition to these programs, financial assistance may be available through the federal Environmental Partners Fund, administered by Environment Canada, Pacific and Yukon Region, #700, 1200 W. 73rd Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V6P 6H9.

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July 14, 2006
Thorpe Announces More Funding For Local Communities
Two local municipalities and the regional district will be getting a boost to their annual grants from the provincial government, MLA Rick Thorpe announced today.
http://www.rickthorpemla.bc.ca/EN/3392/

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Broken TV laying in the bush near Estamont Beach

Empty Case of Oil laying in the forest too.

Another TV laying in the bush across the road from the Sugar Loaf Transfer Station.
These two old TV's are found in the bush along North Westside Road BC
The one TV was found right across the road from the Sugar Loaf Transfer Station.

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Re: Ceasars Landing Fire August 1, 2006 near Westside Road

Kelowna resident Cody Schofield says he saw flames moving away from an old TV set in the brush.  Hear Cory in his own words.  Story by Castanet.net.
http://www.castanet.net/edition/news-story-20818--search.htm

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Here is a story of a house that may have started the neighbors house on fire.
http://forums.firehouse.com/archive/index.php/t-30529.html

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Municipal Tools for addressing the Wildland/Urban Interface Fire Threat
http://www.civicnet.bc.ca/files/{F151B4B1-AE18-4700-A500-75C1524A0BD6}Interface%20Article.PDF

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Here is a short video that RDCO put on their website telling you how much pollution you would save if you decreased driving one trip a week in your vehicle.

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August 2, 2006 Was it glass from a broken television or a tossed cigarette butt?  Fire investigators are still looking into the cause of yesterday's wildfire above Westside Road...but they say it was human caused. As April Lawrence reports, crews are now mopping up hot spots left behind from the three hectare blaze.

Source CHBC TV News http://www.chbc.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=13087

Glass (or broken glass), can start fires with sunlight.
http://www.earth911.org/master.asp?s=lib&a=Fire/fire_effects.asp

Read more about the fire and see photos.

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Municipal Infrastructure Deficits

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Some residents are dumping their garbage at the locked gate when the Sugar Loaf Mountain transfer station is closed and the gate is locked, sometimes blocking the entrance to the transfer station.  This is a fire hazard if you were to speak to the Fire Chief.

Garbage piled in front of the locked gate at Sugar Loaf Mountain Transfer Station
Garbage piled in front of the locked gate to the Sugar Loaf transfer station.


More garbage piled beside the locked gate at the Sugar Loaf transfer station

 


Garbage is again piled beside the locked gate to the Sugar Loaf transfer station.

 


Two bags of garbage piled outside the locked gate to the Sugar Loaf transfer station.

See more pictures of garbage, you won't believe your eyes when you see it all!

I took it upon myself to report a polluter, namely the Regional District of Central Okanagan.  I reported the Regional District's polluting to RAPP (Report all Poachers and Polluters)  http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/cos/rapp/rapp.html

On July 18, 2006 RAPP from Kelowna said that Sugar Loaf is not their area.  RAPP from Vernon (Darren H.) said they were going to talk to the Regional District of Central Okanagan regarding the Sugar Loaf Transfer Station and the illegal dumping.  RAPP also said they are going to start looking for illegal dumpers at the Sugar Loaf Transfer Station now, so beware!!!!  RAPP said that if you should get caught illegal dumping at Sugar Loaf to call your MLA.  Don't wait to get caught dumping your garbage in front of the locked gate at Sugar Loaf Mountain Transfer Station before calling the MLA.  Your MLA needs to be called now.  Here is your MLA's contact information below.

Okanagan Westside - Rick Thorpe
http://www.legis.gov.bc.ca/mla/38thParl/thorpe.htm

Okanagan Vernon Tom Christensen
http://www.legis.gov.bc.ca/mla/38thparl/christensen.htm

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The process seems to be even better than recycling.

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I was surprised to see a copy of the transfer station petition in RDCO's presentation to residents at the May 11, 2006 "Lets Talk Trash" meeting that RDCO had with residents of the North Westside.  RDCO said they will take into consideration both the transfer station petition and a proposal to have one more transfer station located at LaCasa.  RDCO said they will investigate the pros and cons and present them to residents with a mail out survey.  RDCO said they will do what the residents want.

Presentation by Sugar Loaf Transfer Station Attendant
Click on letter to read larger print

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Regional Districts Website - Engineering Committee Minutes Jan 19, 2006 Regarding Waste Management
http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/boards_committees/eng/mins/2006/January_19_06.pdf

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Ministry of Environment Solid Waste Management Plan
Solid Waste Management Planning
Describes BC's solid waste management planning process and provides guidance to local governments seeking to amend an approved plan.
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/epd/epdpa/mpp/gprswmp1.html

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Regional District of Central Okanagan Draft Solid Waste Management Plan.  July 24, 2006

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/boards_committees/agnd//2006%20Agendas/2006-07-24/Item%209.6%20Draft%20Solid%20Waste%20Management%20Plan.pdf

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At the Long Term Solid Waste Meeting described below I was told by (Nameless) that I wasn't permitted to bring information I was providing to the meeting.  The information I brought were printouts from the Regional Districts website and pictures of waste in the bush.  I was told I wasn't even permitted to have this information in the parking lot.  Another (Nameless) person told me not to listen to (Nameless).  I stayed in the parking lot with the information, and told (Nameless) to go away.  (Nameless) didn't bother to even look at the information I was providing.

I feel (Nameless) is adamant to stop me from voicing my opinion and letting other residents decide for themselves if they wanted to look at the information which was provided.  What is (Nameless) trying to accomplish by doing this?  People like that only hurt themselves by behaving in such a manner!

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There will be a Long Term Solid Waste Management OPEN HOUSE Thursday May 11, 2006 between 7 and 9 PM at Killiney Beach Community Hall.  The Regional District of Central Okanagan invites the North Westside Communities Residents to an open house to discuss the issues of garbage disposal in our communities.  Residents can ask questions and give their input into the management of solid waste for the North Westside Communities.  You can see the Regional Districts "lets talk trash" posters here, plus you can fill out the Regional District of Central Okanagan's online questionaire regarding "Long Term Solid Waste Management" for the whole District.

1st Email from RDCO Waste Reduction Office

2nd Email from RDCO answering some questions

3rd Email from RDCO answering more questions

4th Email from RDCO answering more questions

NEW !  5th Email from RDCO explaining why the residents petition does not fit the Ministry of Environments Solid Waste Plan

NEW !  6th Email from one Director of the North Westside

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Residents Petition For More Transfer Stations

Thank you to all who signed the transfer station petition.  An overwhelming majority signed the petition.  It has now been addressed to the Waste Reduction Co-ordinator and snail mailed to the Regional District of Central Okanagan.  I also added a copy of Page 55 and 56 of the North Westside Official Community Plan (.pdf) which states that residents wanted more transfer stations as far back as 1999.

Fintry's Petition Pg1, Pg2 - (29 signed plus 1 person signed the sugar loaf petition)

Muir Subdivision Petition - (8 signed)

Shalal Road Petition - (2 signed)

Valley of the Sun Petition - (32 signed)

Sugar Loaf Petition - (7 signed)

Petition from LaCasa - (9 signed)

Petition from Little Kingdom - (15 signed)

Petition from Sun Valley Gas - (5 signed)

                                             TOTAL 108

(*NOTE There are some people that signed twice because I ended up in their subdivision after they already signed at the gas stations or LaCasa.)  I figured out part way through the petition that most people aren't aware of the petition because they don't look at the bulletin boards.  Not many people were signing the LaCasa or gas station petitions, and that is why I decided to visit each home in the Fintry, Muir, Shalal and Valley of the Sun subdivisions.  Most people are aware of the petition and able to sign this way.

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A guide to application referrals for free crown land through the Regional District and Land and Water BC Inc.

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BC Crown Land Registry
http://www.al.gov.bc.ca/clad/

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Crown Land in the Regional District of Central Okanagan
http://www.cord.bc.ca/docs/planning/pla_exec_summary_2003.pdf

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Did you know that Hydro will pay you $30.00 for your old fridge.

Call 1-866-516-HELP

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I myself would recommend that the President of the North Westside Communities Association step down as President.  He doesn't care if any of his members signed the transfer station petition or not.  Read more here.

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If residents pay $40.00 now for one transfer station at Sugar Loaf Mountain, one more transfer station at Fintry should only cost $40.00 more per year.

If there was a transfer station at Fintry.  Residents from the Fintry area could save $116.00 per year on fuel alone, by paying another $40.00 per year.

If it costs residents on average $3.00 per trip just for fuel alone, to make one trip per week to dump garbage at Sugar Loaf Mountain transfer station.  It would cost the following:
$3.00 x 52 weeks per year = $156.00 just for fuel.

$156.00 per year for fuel, minus $40.00 for one more transfer station, is equal to $116.00 savings on fuel per year.

But I was told by the Regional District that there is no crown land available so I may be wrong about this.

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LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACTContinued
[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 323
Part 26 — Planning and Land Use Management
Division 2 — Official Community Plans
Purposes of official community plans

875 (1) An official community plan is a statement of objectives and
           policies to guide decisions on planning and land use
           management, within the area covered by the plan, respecting
           the purposes of local government.
      (2) To the extent that it deals with these matters, an official
           community plan should work towards the purpose and
             goals referred to in section 849 [regional growth strategy
             goals]
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RDCO Growth Management Strategy Bylaw No. 851, 1999
http://www.qp.gov.bc.ca/statreg/stat/L/96323_26.htm#section875

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACTContinued
[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 323
Part 25 — Regional Growth Strategies
Division 1 — Application and Content of Regional Growth Strategy
Purpose of regional growth strategy

849 (1) The purpose of a regional growth strategy is to promote human settlement that is socially, economically and environmentally healthy and that makes efficient use of public facilities and services, land and other resources.
(2) Without limiting subsection (1), to the extent that a regional growth strategy deals with these matters, it should work towards but not be limited to the following:
          (a) avoiding urban sprawl and ensuring that development
                  takes place where adequate facilities exist or can be
                  provided in a timely, economic and efficient manner;

          (b) settlement patterns that minimize the use of
                  automobiles
and encourage walking, bicycling and the
               efficient use of public transit;
http://www.qp.gov.bc.ca/statreg/stat/L/96323_25.htm#section849

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Page 55 and 56 of the North Westside Official Community Plan (.pdf) Adopted April 26, 1999, bylaw #785 (for communities Trader's Cove, Wilson's Landing, Fintry, Valley of the Sun, Ewing, Killney, and Westshore), states the following:
During the public consultation process, residents expressed a desire to increase the number of transfer station locations so that residents would not have to travel significant distances to the regional landfill.  Issues - Public desire to see more transfer stations in the North Westside area.
OBJECTIVES
2.  Increase the number of new transfer stations and improve the operations of existing transfer stations; and
3.  Encourage recycling facilities to be established in conjunction with transfer stations.
POLICIES
2.  Review alternative locations in the North Westside area where transfer stations can be established, and facilitate improved operations for those stations experiencing difficulty; and

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/bylaws/planning bylaws/consolidated ocp westside road.pdf

http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/bylaws//Planning Bylaws/Consolidated OCP Westside Road.pdf

Nov 9, 2004 Planning Services Report regarding the "Solid Waste Management Plan" and the "North Westside Official Community Plan".

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The North Westside Official Community Plan has been amended.

Jan 30, 2006 Amend the North Westside Official Community Plan (Proposed changes for better stream management).  A public hearing will be held.
www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/boards_committees/rpts//2006/06_01_30brdrpt.pdf

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RDCO Waste Management Policy Options (.pdf) format
http://regionaldistrict.com/docs/waste/WastePlan/June/050606 policy for email.pdf

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The Northwest Side Recycling and Waste Transfer Station at Sugar Loaf Mountain was built by the Northwest Side Ratepayers Assn. with contributions from Environment Canada Environmental Partners, BC Environment and Regional District of Central Okanagan of about $40,000.00

Dissolution of North Westside Ratepayers March 2006 Bulletin

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There is at least one BFI bin at the Sugar Loaf Mountain transfer station, the other bins are B.C. Environment and Environment Canada's for the use of Northwest Side Ratepayers Association.

Dissolution of North Westside Ratepayers March 2006 Bulletin

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The study indicates that bears seem to prefer Honda and Toyota sedans.
http://www.cnn.com/US/9901/19/black.bears/

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SEE MORE ABOUT THE BEAR PROBLEM

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Why curbside garbage pickup does not work!

In May of 1999 the curbside collection system was eliminated and the residents of Canmore had the communal waste containers only. Throughout the summer the success of the complete animal proof waste handling system became evident. There were several sightings of bears in and around Canmore town site however there were zero bear/waste incidents.

Source http://www.cmiae.org/bearaware.htm

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Here are some comments I have heard from the community as well as my own comments.  Please read, as maybe we should ask to keep the Sugar Loaf Mountain Transfer Station and add one transfer station at Fintry, and have it open different hours than Sugar Loaf?  In my opinion, this is a good idea, if other options are too expensive.  One more transfer station shouldn't cost more than an extra $40.00 per year, as we pay now for Sugar Loaf.

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Here is a bulletin about the long term solid waste management meeting being postponed and to watch the bulletin boards for more information on the meeting.  The meeting is now on May 11, 2006 at Killiney Beach Community Hall at Udell Road between 7 - 9 PM.

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The North Westside Ratepayers Association Executive meetings are held the 1st Thursday of every month at 7:00 P.M..  I guess I am going to the next meeting, which isn't until March 2, 2006.  I went to the Killiney Beach Hall to attend the meeting, but ran into someone whom told me that the Ratepayers hold meetings in their homes.

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I asked to be a delegate at North Westside Communities Association for Feb 27, 2006.  Read what happened here.

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Dec 10, 2001
Contract Approved

The Regional Board gave approval to a five-year contract with the North Westside Ratepayers Association for the operation of the North Westside Road Waste Transfer and Recycling Station.  For the past five years, the Ratepayers Association has administered the operation of this waste transfer and recycling station that services approximately 600 homes at the north end of Westside Road.  The site was originally established when the Bouleau Dump was closed in 1996.  Under the terms of the agreement the Regional District pays the Association a sum of $9,152.00 for each year and in return the association handles all the administration including staffing for four mornings a week.
http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/boards_committees/rpts/2001/dec_10_01.pdf

RDCO says there are currently 710 PAYING USERS OF SUGAR LOAF TRANSFER STATION

I sent another email to RDCO asking more questions ... just waiting for the answers to the questions I have about the figures below.  Here are the answers.

REVENUE

 

 
710 homes x $40.00 utility bill per year

=

$28,400
710 homes x $39.11 waste on property tax notice

=

$27,768
Bag Tags @$1.50 each

=

$??
Landfill Tipping Fees

=

$??
Previous Years Surplus N.O.W.E.S.I (I call it "Deficit")

=

(-$ 2,195)

                             TOTAL

=

$
     
     
EXPENSE FUNDED BY UTILITY BILL    
Paid to N. Westside Ratepayers per year

=

$11,601
Office Supplies (funded by utility bill) = $    129
Site Maintenance (funded by utility bill) = $ 2,243
Liability Insurance (funded by utility bill) = $ 1,500
Insurance 2005 (funded by utility bill) = $ 1,240
Administration Overhead (funded by utility bill) = $ 2,237
                             TOTAL

=

$18,950
     
     
EXPENSE FUNDED BY PARCEL TAX    
Bins (funded by Environment Canada & BC Environment)

=

$       0
Hauling Fees (funded by Parcel Tax)

=

$20,836
our waste goes to Landfill Tipping Fees (fund Parcel Tax)

=

$  4,861
                           TOTAL

=

$25,697
     
     
                            DIFFERENCE OF

=

$
     

North Westside Ratepayers Association are to provide and maintain "General Liability Insurance" and are to provide at its own cost any additional insurance

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I believe we could save some of the $11,601.00 we pay to the North Westside Ratepayers to administer and man the Sugar Loaf Mountain Transfer Station, if that is the correct amount.  We could share some of these savings with another transfer station located somewhere nearer to Fintry residents.

Honestly, every time I go to the transfer station the attendant is talking to someone.  I rarely see the attendant actually doing much but talk.  I think I have heard some bottles rattle, seen the attendant digging something out of the garbage once or twice, and given someone information once.  I don't think we need to pay someone to talk all day at the dump.  The other day I stood beside the attendant for a few minutes waiting to get information, while the attendant asked the resident about personal things, something about the residents vacation.  The attendant knew I was standing there beside them waiting to talk, but the attendant ignored me until the resident was finished answering all the questions.  This upsets me.  I don't want to spend time standing there waiting while the attendant is talking personal stories.  I wouldn't have been upset if they were talking about dump business, and I had to wait, but it was personal, and I wasn't interested.  I wanted information on how to contact the Ratepayers, so I stood there and waited for the conversation to be over with.  I wasn't rude interrupting their talk, but next time I think I will be rude instead of waiting forever, because it was rude what was done to me.  If I was the attendant, I would have stopped the personal talk and asked what the person wanted, taking care of business first instead of carrying on.  I could have grabbed the information I wanted myself if it was available.  There could be a box with information sheets in it that residents could help themselves to.  Much more preferable than standing there waiting.  Plus its intimidating to have someone watch you dump your garbage to make sure you are dumping correctly, when you are dumping correctly.  I have heard that statement from residents more than a few times.

Maybe a transfer station could be located beside the new Fire Station at Shorts Creek, if residents don't want it in their subdivision. Personally I would like to see a transfer station next to the mailboxes at the entrance to my subdivision, with shrubs or something around it to hide it. That way I can take my garbage out and get my mail in one stop, and not have to drive out of my way, but it may not be cost effective to have one in each subdivision, I don't know.  But I do know that if we can afford a children's playground at Westshore Estates, they we should be able to afford more garbage transfer stations.  This only makes sense to me!

If there were 32 residents of Valley of the Sun that took their garbage out each week, and each made a special trip 20 km's out of their way to dump their garbage, wouldn't it be better for our air quality and costs, to have a truck make one trip?  Its like saying (if we were relocating to another area for instance) lets make lots of trips and take a little bit of furniture at a time rather than taking all the furniture at once and in one load.  That's a lot of extra air pollution and depleted oil sands if everyone drives out of their way all the time, plus the residents time wasted going back and forth each week.  If I go once per week, in one month I could have two hours extra time if each trip took 1/2 hour, to do things I like to do instead of going to the dump.

I am worried about our air pollution.  I am trying to get a picture of Vernon from this side of the lake and every time I look over there, the air looks hazy, and I can't take a picture looking like that.  People are worried about cigarette smoke, but they never think about tail pipes.  Not everyone smokes cigarettes but just about everyone has a tail pipe.

I would like to see everyone be able to dump what they need to dump, including household fans and fridges, mattresses.

We should recycle everything and keep it out of the landfill.  I see styrofoam has been crossed off the list.

Residents should be able to dump as much as they need to dump without having to worry if they have an extra bag that day.  Everyone has to clean out the closet now and again, and everyone's fridge gets old at one time or another.  I am not saying that everything goes in the garbage, what I mean is that things are still recycled the way they are suppose to be recycled, but that the transfer station take all these things instead of sending some things straight to Kelowna.  Some sorting could occur at the landfill instead maybe?

My own personal feeling is that right now we are paying for much talk, and little action of the attendant on duty.  I for one cannot afford to pay for someone to talk half the day and have me waste gas going back and forth to the dump.  I'd like to see a closer dump instead of all the talk.  It would be cheaper for residents if the attendant checked for proper placement of garbage and recyclables before the truck came, but after residents left, cutting back attendants man hours at one transfer station and shifting some hours to another transfer station.  Residents could be given keys, and if they loose the key, they could borrow their neighbour's key until they got a replacement.  We could mark each bin, as to what goes in them, just like this one, or like they are already.

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Some people said that residents won't recycle properly without supervision.  I think out here, the residents that have been using the local transfer station have all learned to recycle by now.  I bet that there are still many things that are not sorted that still make it inside the green garbage bag that you don't see though.

If we really want zero waste, then we should consider professional sorters, as some people are always going to be better at recycling than others.  I think professional sorters would help cut down on the cost of the landfill, that's filling up fast.  Apparently they have professional sorters in Edmonton but it costs money.  I would like to know what it would cost for professional sorters and what costs could be saved from the landfill filling up to offset the extra cost of sorters. 

If we try getting as close to zero waste as we can, then I myself don't have room to have 10 separate bags laying around my house to sort as I throw.  I don't want to sort it before I leave for the dump because I would have to use too many bags and/or my vehicle would be full of recycle bins with nothing much in them but to get in my way.  I don't want to waste a bag to put one thing in it to take it to the transfer station.  I recycle shopping bags and use them for garbage bags.  When the shopping bag gets full it goes into a larger bag.  I can't use a garbage can outside my house nor in my shed or the bears will break into my shed and that is why I use another bag and not a garbage can, a garbage can would look pretty ugly in my house.  I would like to take my shopping bag out when it gets full and not put it into a larger bag until I make it to the transfer station as my house is stinking like garbage now.  I don't want to waste gas because I can't afford it, its just getting more expensive all the time.  I didn't like to hear on the news how they are going to try charging people .25 cents per shopping bag as an eco fee because all the shopping bags that end up in the landfill.  I use my shopping bags to save money on buying garbage bags, and I do recycle shopping bags and they do end up in the landfill!  There is no place to wash your hands at the dump to be able to sort things there. If there were some place to wash my hands at the transfer station site I would be able to sort my garbage there.  If everyone takes the time to sort their garbage at the transfer station though, this would plug up the transfer station site with vehicles.  I know I'm not going to recycle like I should if we don't have some other way of doing things.  I just don't have the room to recycle at home.  That is one reason why I feel we need professional sorters.  Another reason is that people will never sort perfectly.  The attendant position at the transfer station could be changed into a sorting position instead, to help offset the cost of sorting.

The Regional District of Central Okanagan is updating its Solid Waste Management Plan in order to lay the groundwork for managing and reducing our garbage over the next 20 years.

The RDCO says the Ratepayers contract to run the transfer station is up near the end of 2006.

It was reported in North Westside Communities News Dec 2005 Edition (.jpg) that 6 tons of illegally dumped garbage was collected from the roadway at the base of Sugar Loaf Mountain behind the Transfer Station by the "Youth Clean Up Project".  Someone told me that most of the stuff was car parts and other things besides household garbage.  I did see some metal there the other day and car battery, but most of what is there now is household garbage.

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People dump illegally because the transfer stations are not readily accessible, and some people say that people would dump illegally anyway, but I don't think that's really true.... maybe in the old days.  City's and Districts are the ones causing illegal dumping, by restricting access to the garbage dumps and making it difficult for residents to be able to dump their garbage.  They get pissed off and dump it anywhere.

Without waste disposal available in my neighborhood of Valley of the Sun, we have a bear problem.  That's because we can't go to the transfer station when we need to.  We have food (waste) in sheds, etc. that bears are breaking into because nobody wants to keep rotting garbage in their house for a week or more because they can't make it to the dump.  I previously kept my garbage in my vehicle until I got to the dump.  I am scared to do that now, because my neighbour had his camper door ripped off by a bear getting at the dog food inside (click link to see the picture).  The bear came three nights in a row to my neighbors camper.  My neighbor wedged 2 x 4's in the propane tank frame to help block the door, but the bear broke the metal propane tank frame to get the door open.  You can see the window screen on the door is all shredded up.  He shredded the screen on the side of the camper too. 

Here is a picture of a garbage bin that a bear got at.

If there is a strong fence around the transfer station... how can bears get at it?

I personally was one of the residents that was not so bear aware.  I actually thought my Dad had grabbed my garbage one day until I found it down the bank.  I would like to see the Regional District spend more money on putting up information about bears and garbage in the rural areas, and educating people like me, than spending money after the fact.  Some bulletins on the local bulletin board would have probably helped me.  I never really thought about the BBQ attracting bears or that canned food would, or bird feeders and compost.  I learned after I found my garbage down the hill, but by then its too late.  That bear was here every night last summer, and I am sure its the same bear that tore my neighbours camper door off.

Plus I don't like to listen to the neighborhood dogs bark at the bears all night, and just about everyone out here has a large dog.

Some residents are worried about other residents dumping fridges and stoves which may cost more to get rid of.  We all need to dump these large things at one time or another, and your time will come too. So why worry about that.  Factory and some other commercial garbage, I would be more more worried about.  Its better to make one trip to the dump with 10 fridges than make ten trips to the dump in Kelowna or Vernon.

If its not time to take your fridge, stove, etc. to the dump, but you want to get rid of it, you could leave it within the dump compound and a note saying it still works for other people to help themselves ... after all we want to promote recycling as much as we can.

We could also call someone that recycles old fridges to come and get it.  If it goes straight to the landfill, other people don't get to pick through stuff for recycling, and we should be promoting this.

It is environmentally unsafe for people to dump their garbage all over the place.  Sugar Loaf Mountain should be protected and preserved from what I seen on a website somewhere, that stated this is what residents from the Westside want to see.  I took these pictures of garbage dumped at the base of Sugar Loaf Mountain on the right side of the road on Feb 2, 2006 ... go have a look ... I bet its still there.  Is that your plant pots, foam, car battery, plastic jug, TV, or other junk laying at the base of Sugar Loaf Mountain?  How about the mess at the mailboxes?

I myself am upset that I have to make special trips to be able to take my garbage to the local dump, mostly because of the only open 8 AM - Noon hours of operation, plus the only 4 available days of operationSugar Loaf Mountain is locked otherwise.  Maybe the dump should be open noon - 4 PM on some days instead of always 8 AM until Noon.  Although opening in the afternoon doesn't help people in Valley of the Sun if they go to Kelowna all the time, like some do.  And it doesn't help people who work night shift.

I find I have better luck taking my garbage to other cities, which cities certainly want stopped.

I tried to complain to RDCO by telephone in the summer of 2005, but (waste reduction coordinator for RDCO) advised me to buy my own bear proof metal waste bin and recycle bin, so I wouldn't have to make so many special trips to the transfer station.

From talking to residents I petitioned (.jpg) in Valley of the Sun, many people take their garbage to work or elsewhere, but they are forced to pay for the local waste transfer service even though they don't use it.  Its no wonder communities are having problems with illegal dumping.  We are part of the problem.  Give us free access and I am sure illegal dumping will decline drastically.  Most people are active in taking care of the environment, especially out here.  I hear from people in my neighborhood that they are using organic and natural products, composting, recycling, etc.

If I am going to take my garbage elsewhere, I do not wish to pay for a transfer station I can't use, as I may have to pay elsewhere.

It would be nice to be able to dump my garbage in my own subdivision as a trip to the dump for me is a round trip of about 20 Km's ... from Valley of the Sun to Sugar Loaf Mountain transfer station.  This is a wear and tear on my vehicle, a waste of my time, and it costs me approx. $200.00 per year for fuel.

Residents, driving back and forth to the transfer station, create more air pollution for the environment, makes us sick, and depletes oil sand resources.

I personally feel we need metal bins and recycle bins (.jpg), in a locked compound, in each of the subdivisions.  By the looks of my petition of Valley of the Sun (.jpg) this is what most people in my subdivision also want. 32 households signed the "Valley of the Sun" petition, only 3 did not, besides the summer people who are not available to sign.  There are 145 building lots in Valley of the Sun, but most of them are empty lots too.  Residents here are concerned about available access to the dump.

The garbage is hauled from Sugar Loaf Mountain Transfer Station to the Kelowna Westside landfill anyway, so trucking shouldn't cost that much more to make a few extra stops.

There could be a smaller chain link fence around the smaller garbage bin or garbage cans and smaller recycling binsThere could be smaller recycle bins and waste bins in each of the subdivisions, smaller than the garbage & recycling bins at the current transfer station at Sugar Loaf Mountain.

Or we could use or own personal garbage cans inside a locked and bear proof compound.  We could have garbage pickup like Spallumcheen or Lake Country at $80.00 per year for their door to door collection, and $2.00 per tag a bag Maybe it would be cheaper for us than Spallumcheen or Lake Country, if the truck and driver doesn't have to go door to door?  Although this may not work because separate garbage cans would take up too much area.  How about a bin like the mailboxes?  Each could have their own compartment with a lock.  The garbage bins could be stackable.

We don't need to drive inside a fenced compound, and we could recycle the current fence at the transfer stations, making smaller sites.

There could be a bear proof gate on the fence that the truck driver could open and pull the bin on wheels out, and a smaller gate inside that gate for residents to open and get in.

Trucks could lift the bin overhead and dump the garbage into the back of the truck (.jpg) and take it to the Kelowna landfill.  I know one truck can hold at least 6 small bins and probably more, because its compacted.

We could reduce labour costs and not have someone guarding the transfer station.  Someone could be hired to go around to each of the transfer sites to pick up garbage that may have fallen out of the bins instead of having a person on guard full-time.

Keys could be issued to residents if it is felt other communities are dumping illegally.

Hedges and wooden enclosures could hide the ugliness of transfer bins easily.

Put a chain link fence around the bins so bears could not take the garbage, and other large animals can not get at it.

I previously lived in Richmond BC for 9 years, and I found that even though there are big rats that live there, they were not found in and around the garbage bins because they can't climb the bin to get at it, and they don't hang around if they aren't getting fed.  There was no overhead cover above the bins (.jpg)Living in Richmond, next to the ocean, I didn't see sea gulls there either.  I did see sea gulls at landfill sites though ... hundreds of them.

There was no one guarding the garbage bin where I lived in an apartment in Richmond for 9 years.  People at my apartment building seemed to be recycling properly. There were 6 buildings and each building had its own bins. When I looked in the recycling bin of newspaper, there was newspaper and not cans or other recyclables in the newspaper bin.  It wasn't a mess all the time either, probably because the apartment manager picked garbage up that had fallen out of an overfull bin.  We could have someone go around each bin site and pick up garbage that may have fallen out, if the bin overflows, the wind picks up, or someone spills garbage.

I personally never saw fridges, stoves, mattresses, furniture, or other large things put in the garbage bin.  The bin was too small for those types of things anyway, and maybe that is why people never did it.  Plus the bins were in a busy area, which deterred things like that.

Did you know that any commercial business who takes your garbage to the Sugar Loaf Mountain transfer station for you, will also have to pay extra to take your garbage, that has already been paid for or they have to take your N.O.W.E.S.I card with them.

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We pay for waste/environment on our property taxes of approx. $39.11 plus we get a separate $40.00 per year utility bill from the Regional District for the transfer station.

2006 Rate on my Solid Waste Utility bill - $23.43, so $46.86 per year
The reason I was billed this amount is because I applied for garbage service in Dec 2005, and I was not billed for Dec 2005 until 2006.  It does not show the date Dec 2005 on my bill as my bill states Jan 1 2006 - June 30, 2006.  The Regional District is going to work on that, so that it shows the correct billing dates.

2005 Environment/Waste Management Rate on Rural Property Tax Notice (.jpg) - $39.11

2004 Environment/Waste Management Rate on Rural Property Tax Notice (.jpg) - $39.67

"City of Kelowna" Bylaw #9570, property tax bill for the landfill (waste/environment mgmt) is $59.28 per year (page 17).
(reference www.kelowna.ca click on Bylaws/Solid Waste)

City of Kelowna Solid Waste Management Regulation Bylaw No. 9570.pdf (175kb) (2006-05-02) Bylaw #9570 Garbage Curbside Collection is $45.35 per year

This is what RDCO emailed me (below) about the Waste/Environment Management tax rate that is automatically charged to everyone's property tax bill at the end of each year.

"As for the tax bill question for waste management charges, Finance
tells me that the figure is based on two things:  the number of parcels
and the actual budget amount required for Waste/Environment Management.
The figure is determined by dividing the number of parcels into the
amount required for the function Waste/Environment Management."
"The Waste/Environment Management charge funds the Westside Landfill,
Solid Waste Management, Solid Waste Collection and Recycling Programs
provided by the Regional District.  You can find the specific budget
items for these programs in the 2005-2009 Financial Plan on pages 34-37.
2005 - 2009 Budget and Financial Plan
http://www.regionaldistrict.com/docs/finance/2005FinPlan.pdf

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RDCO said the Ratepayers contract to run Sugar Loaf Mountain Transfer Station is almost up, and they are going to survey residents to see what should be done!

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The Ratepayers sign at the transfer station at Sugarloaf Mountain says it was started in 1995.  And according to RDCO website, the residents expressed concerns about access to the transfer station in 1999.  I also heard that Traders Cove was built before Sugar Loaf.

I don't really know the history because I didn't live here then, and I could be wrong about things.  All I know is I want a waste transfer station in my own subdivision and not 10 km's up the road. 

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See Spallumcheen's Garbage Bill - $38.25 per 3 Month Period.
Spallumcheen's bill is more than ours, but they get pick-up at the curb, which saves them time, fuel and maintenance costs on their vehicles, vehicle emissions, etc..

Lake Country bylaw #363 (.pdf) - Lake Country residents pay $80.00 per year for door to door collection, and $2.00 per tag a bag

"City of Kelowna" Bylaw #9570, utility bill for curbside garbage collection is $45.35 per year, and tag a bag is $1.50 per bag" (page 13) (www.kelowna.ca)

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RDCO Solid Waste Management Plan Review

RDCO Landfills

RDCO Waste Transfer Station Information (.pdf) format

Comment directly to RDCO about waste management

Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has a role in the Solid Waste Management Review.  Haven't found info on the net about TAC yet.

Public Advisory Committee (PAC) - has a role in the Solid Waste Management Review

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Traders Cove and Wilson's Landing are getting garbage collection service at the curb? (.pdf)   (See page 2)

OK Environmental Services indicated it would enter into a contract renewal with the RDCO at rates matching the recently rewarded City of Kelowna garbage collection rates.  OK Environmental Services is prepared to extend the contract boundaries for collection and include residents in the Trader's Cove and Wilson's Landing areas.  This area extension will eliminate the need for the transfer station and reduce costs to the Regional District by approximately $30,000.00.

I wonder if Traders Cove is getting curb side garbage pickup. (.pdf) (See page 1)

About Traders Cove Transfer Bins and Curb Side Collection, maybe they aren't getting it. (.pdf) (page 2 and 3)
The documents added the ability to remove from the contract the transfer bins from Traders Cove, as well as the sludge bins from the Westside Wastewater Treatment Plant.  This may be as a result of curbside collections at Traders Cove, the siting venue on the proposed sludge handling facility, and the opportunity to more effectively use other firms for these long haul bin transfers.

Commencement of the contract should be early in 2005, however commencement of the contract will be somewhat dependent on the availability of equipment (compactor) that may be required to be purchased by the successful bidder.

Is the North Westside going to get curbside garbage pickup? (.pdf)  (See page 2)

"Recognizing the more rural nature of the electoral area, including Joe Rich, Electoral area Westside as well as Lake Country and Peachland, the rate offered by the OK Environmental Waste Services appears favourable."

We could have garbage pickup, by putting our own garbage cans inside a locked fenced compound, and residents issued keys.  Maybe the garbage cans will take up too much room though, now that someone mentioned that to me.  If everyone had two cans, we would need quite a large area.  Maybe that's not feasible.  Maybe a system like the green mailboxes, but bigger, would work for just garbage.

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Valley of the Sun viewpoint along Westside Road needs a bear proof metal waste disposal bin for travelers.  One local resident told me they picked this garbage up, and that it wasn't garbage from a local.

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Engineering Committee Minutes - March 23, 2006
c) Waste Reduction Office Update
Carol briefed the Committee on current programs and events. With regard to the North Westside Road Transfer Station, she explained that with there is increased growth in the North Westside Road area and staff is planning to do a cost/benefit analysis and comparison of 3 possible options for garbage/recycling collection i.e. continuing with transfer station operations as they are; adding another transfer station in the Valley of the Sun area; and curbside collection. Residents will then be polled to determine their service preference for the next 5-10 years. Discussion ensued. Carol advised that residents had previously resisted curbside collection. It was recommended that the new community association be consulted.
Knowles/Hansen
That the report be received for information
CARRIED

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You will find local North Westside Road BC businesses, services, classifieds, local arts and crafts, vacation waterfront rentals, plus much more located near and around Okanagan Lake BC.  New additions will be added to this site regularly, so come back and check it often.

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