Garbage collection surveyed

Some rural residents in the North Okanagan will be asked if they want mandatory garbage pickup.

The North Okanagan Regional District will send a residential waste collection survey out to residents in BX-Swan Lake, BX-Silver Star and rural Lumby.

“We will get real information from the community and the sooner we can get the report out to the community, the better,” said Rick Fairbairn, rural Lumby director.

Expanding the scope of residential curbside waste collection has been a goal of NORD staff.

“Research indicates that the cost per household to provide region-wide residential curbside collection services can be reduced for all customers when a larger group is included in the collection area,” said Karmen Morgan, waste reduction co-ordinator, in a written report.

“Economies of scale reduces overall costs.”

Presently, rural residents either get rid of garbage on their own or they subscribe to a private service.

“Staff has received calls from residents indicating they would like to see a curbside residential waste collection program implemented in their area,” said Morgan.

“Staff has also heard from others that the current subscription/self-haul system works quite well for them.”

The goal of the survey is to get a better sense of public opinion.

“Even if the survey says people don’t want curbside collection, it’s information,” said Mike Macnabb, BX-Silver Star director.

“We shouldn’t assume what our residents are thinking.”

Not participating in the survey are rural Enderby and Cherryville.

“I’ve had feedback from residents in my area and not one is in favour of this,” said Herman Halvorson, rural Enderby director.

“They will look after their own waste disposal.”

The survey will be available at and it will also be mailed out to potentially affected residences.



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