Questions arise over recycling

Armstrong council is still sorting out the soon-to-be-introduced Multi Materials B.C. recycling program

Armstrong council is still sorting out the soon-to-be-introduced Multi Materials B.C. recycling program which is slated to start May 19.

Questions have arisen in the city on how multi-family residences such as stratas and townshouses are affected, and whether they qualify for an MMBC recycling subsidy.

“There are two approved haulers; Emterra and Smithrite Disposal,” said Coun. Shirley Fowler, “It’s up to building managers and strata councils to make arrangements before May 16 in order to receive the service.”

Fowler said Emterra has committed to visiting all city multi-family complexes, and if complexes go with the approved haulers, there are subsidies of $17 per person and $20 per month in place. If they don’t go with the approved hauler, they would have to pay for the service.

City administrator Melinda Stickney confirmed to council that MMBC had received a list of all city townhouse and strata complexes that were on the Regional District of North Okanagan’s blue bag recycling program.

Coun. Ryan Nitchie motioned to send a letter to MMBC to ask for an update on multi-family arrangements and what the incentives are.

“And will the service be in place by May 19,” said Nitchie, whose motion was unanimously supported.

Meter deadline

A deadline for all Armstrong residents to contact Corix to have water meters installed has been set.

The deadline is June 6 as the city’s installation contract with Corix expires June 30.

“The vast majority of residents have contacted Corix for installation,” said Coun. Ryan Nitchie. “A very small amount have not.”

Council unanimously approved Nitchie’s motion to direct staff to authorize the contractor to install the meters and charge residents for installation if they don’t meet the June 6 deadline.

Drinking water week

Armstrong has proclaimed May 4 to 10 Drinking Water Week, and received a $1,000 grant from the B.C. Water and Waste Association to run a couple of contests.

One involves encouraging households to landscape their yards with xeriscaping principles.

“Those who are willing to adapt their yards can submit before and after photos of their yard, along with a write-up on the changes they have made that will conserve more water,” said Coun. Kelly Rowe.

E-mail entries to by 4 p.m. Sept. 2.

The other contest is open to youth to win a season family pass to the Memorial Park pool, or a 12-punch pool pass for either youth or teen.

“Let us know how they plan to conserve water at home,” said Rowe. “This could be a short write-up, a video, a poem.”

Entries can be submitted to or dropped off at city hall. Deadline is 4 p.m. May 12.

As part of its Drinking Water Week proclamation, the city has announced that there will be a free swim from noon to 5 p.m. at the outdoor pool May 17.