Council finds recycling option

A stop-gap solution has been found for potential curbside recycling concerns in Spallumcheen.

A stop-gap solution has been found for potential curbside recycling concerns in Spallumcheen.

After the township failed to sway Multi Material B.C. to include Spallumcheen as an addendum on its latest request for proposals (RFPs), staff recommended approving a four-month contract extension with Tip-It Waste Solutions to run from Jan. 1 to April 30 for blue bag curbside recycling within the township.

Council unanimously agreed. The current contract with Tip-It expires at the end of the month.

“We lobbied MMBC to have Spallumcheen included in the provisions of their packaging and printed paper program, and they said no,” said township chief financial officer Brian Freeman-Marsh.

The move will cost $4,500 a month based on fuel costs and the time requirements to collect and deliver the collected recycling to a processing facility.

This will cost Spall residents a monthly rate of $2.45, or $9.80 for the four-month period.

The 2013 rate was $1.47 per month or $5.88 for a four-month time frame.

In November, council directed staff to request the township be included as an addendum in the RFPs for MMBC for collecting and recyling packaged and printed paper.

While turning down the request, MMBC has told the township that if it wants to be included in recycling collection, it should request again to MMBC as soon as possible, and the request should be accommodated during the next RFP process, estimated to start in the early fall of 2014 with implementation to take place in the second quarter of 2015.

In a report to council, Freeman-Marsh commented on potential impacts to the township’s blue bag recycling program after May 19, 2014, which is the date the MMBC program is to kick-off.

“As this point, there are several outstanding issues that need to be resolved,” said Freeman-Marsh. “Chief of which is where the material collected under the blue bag will be taken for processing after the MMBC implementation date.

“This (contract extension) gets us to the end of May and hopefully we can get another contract to take us to May 2015 so curbside recycling will continue. But at this point I don’t know.”

Freeman-Marsh said MMBC will take over blue bag curbside recycling in the Regional District of North Okanagan effective May 2014 except in Spallumcheen, because the township has run its own program since 1995/96.