Dump hours get trashed

Doug Dirk says winter hours conflict with the ability to dispose of yard waste

A politician insists landfill hours are inconvenient for residents.

Director Doug Dirk isn’t impressed with winter hours being implemented at Regional District of North Okanagan landfills Nov. 1, including a 9:30 a.m. start Saturdays and complete closure Sundays.

“The issue is realigning free yard waste with the open times on the weekend so people can get there,” he said.

Landfills provide free drop-off for yard waste from Oct. 15 to Nov. 30.

“It’s counter-productive,” said Dirk of limiting access on Saturdays and Sundays when most people are available to haul leaves and limbs away.

“The Regional District of Central Okanagan doesn’t have winter hours. The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen’s winter hours start Dec. 1 and the Columbia-Shuswap Regional District is open weekends year-round. We need to look at the hours.”

Dirk isn’t sure what it would cost to keep local landfills open Sundays throughout the year, but he doesn’t believe the price tag should be the only factor.

“It might cost more but it’s a multi-million-dollar function, so if we can have good customer service, it’s not significant.”

Landfill hours and possible options will be discussed by the RDNO board.