Public input sought on waste plan

North Okanagan residents have an opportunity to provide input on the future of garbage disposal.

The North Okanagan Regional District will hold three open houses on its solid waste management review.

“Decisions made over the next few months will affect how garbage and recyclables are handled and how much these services will cost,” said Nicole Kohnert, engineering services manager.

The first open house will be held at the Odd Fellows Hall on Wood Avenue in Armstrong Wednesday. That will be followed by a session at the People Place on 27th Avenue in Vernon May 11 and one at Lumby’s White Valley Community Centre May 17.

All open houses run from 5 to 8 p.m., with presentations at 5:30 and 7 p.m.

The topics for discussion will include blue bag recycling enhancements, recycling for businesses, universal curbside collection for all waste types, demolition waste options and inter-regional co-operation.

NORD has been working on a review of its solid waste management plan as a requirement of the provincial Environmental Management Act.

“The plan is intended to address economically, environmentally and socially sound ways to reduce the amount of waste being buried in local landfills,” said Kohnert.

“Saving landfill space now will save money by postponing construction of new landfill sites or waste incinerators in the future.”


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