Recycling bins may be removed

The bins need to be moved from the fire hall rear parking lot to accommodate a new, larger fire truck.

  • Jun. 29, 2015 7:00 p.m.

The Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) is considering removing its downtown Grand Forks recycling location. The bins need to be moved from the fire hall rear parking lot to accommodate a new, larger fire truck.

Councillor Neil Krog gave the information as part of his report on the RDKB board, on which he sits as representative for the City of Grand Forks, at the regular council meeting on June 15.

If the bins are removed, residents would then have to use curbside recycling or take their recycling to bins already located at the landfill. Krog said that he is fighting to keep the depot downtown at a different location.

“If we need to relocate it to allow for emergency vehicle access, is there a place downtown we can relocate to, because it is well used,” said Krog. “When you look at the RDKB’s policies regarding unmanned sites it makes sense that if we are going to take it out they would rather just consolidate everything up at the landfill rather than relocate and pay all the extra costs associated.”

Krog said the cost to move the bins to an alternate site would be around $10-20,000 for infrastructure (concrete bin pads, fencing). There would also be an expected annual cost of an estimated $9,600 for maintaining the unmanned site. “I would like to see it (stay) downtown but the way things are going it’s probably not going to exist in the downtown core,” he said.

A staff report from Alan Stanley, general manager of environmental services for the RDKB, stated that the depot does not qualify for Multi Material B.C. (MMBC) subsidies and is operated at the sole expense of the RDKB.

Stanley further stated that due to ongoing and previously document problems with unstaffed waste management sites, the RDKB board adopted a Solid Waste Management Facilities Siting Policy, whose objectives included directing the majority of solid waste facilities customers to staff facilities. Since the policy was adopted, six unstaffed facilities have been closed.

“Considering the close proximity to a staffed facility and the duplication of service, the recycling depot at the Grand Forks Landfill easily meets policy requirements and provides adequate depot service to the Grand Forks area,” said Stanley in the report.

The report recommends that the downtown recycling depot be shifted to the depot at the landfill and that the downtown depot be permanently closed.

Staff from the RDKB will be entering into discussions with staff from the city and will report back to the regional district’s environmental services committee. John MacLean, RDKB chief administrative officer, expects that the matter will come before the RDKB board of directors sometime in the fall.

Just Posted

VIDEO: This is what buying legal pot in B.C. looks like

Take a look inside B.C.’s first and only legal pot shop located in Kamloops

Endoscopy Campaign wraps up at Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital

The KBRH Health Foundation recently held a donor ceremony for contributors to its $450,000 tally

10 things still illegal in the new age of recreational cannabis

Pot is legal – but there are still a lot of rules, and breaking some could leave you in jail

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

Elections 2018: Meet your Grand Forks Council Candidates

The biographies of the 13 candidates for City of Grand Forks council

Fashion Fridays: You can never have enough shoes

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Migrants, police mass in town on Guatemala-Mexico border

Many of the more than 2,000 Hondurans in a migrant caravan trying to wend its way to the United States left spontaneously with little more than the clothes on their backs and what they could quickly throw into backpacks.

5 to start your day

Man killed in shooting at Abbotsford bank, ex-Surrey cop to appear in court after Creep Catchers sting and more

Trump: ‘Severe’ consequences if Saudis murdered Khashoggi

Pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak on Wednesday said it had obtained audio recordings of the alleged killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

Feds dead set against ‘ridiculous’ quotas to replace steel, aluminum tariffs

Donald Trump imposed the so-called Section 232 tariffs — 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum — back in June on national security grounds.

Campus brawl leads to charge against B.C. football player

Takudzwa Timothy Brandon Gandire, a 21-year-old defensive back from Vancouver, is charged with assault causing bodily harm.

Stadium vendor seen in pizza spitting video pleads guilty

The 21-year-old’s sentencing is Nov. 15. His lawyer has said he understood what he did was wrong and was remorseful.

Jury finds Calgary couple guilty in 2013 death of toddler son

Jeromie and Jennifer Clark were found guilty of criminal negligence causing death

Fed report to show $19-billion deficit in 2017-18

The deficit is slightly smaller than Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s prediction of $19.4 billion in last winter’s budget

Most Read