Reviewing garbage and recycling services will be a focus for the Regional District of East Kootenay in 2018.
This from Board Chair Rob Gay, who says they need to look at how waste is managed locally.
He says a pay for service model could encourage better recycling practices.
“Most regional districts in the province do that. When you go to a depot, you pay whatever the price may be for that bag,” Gay says. “So if you bring 10 bags in, you are going to pay a lot more than the person who does a better job of recycling and only has maybe one bag every two weeks that they can’t recycle.”
Gay says residents and the RDEK would like to divert more waste from landfills.
“Most residents would like to see more and more recycling, they don’t like to see us bury waste and the cost,” Gay says. “So if we can recycle and do something useful for it, I think people like that and they are willing to pay for that.”
Gay adds significant projects are slated this year flood protection efforts for Fairmont Creek and the Elk River drainage and upgrades to Windermere’s drinking water after more than a decade of being under health advisories..
Stay tuned for more 2018 previews as we move into the new year.
– RDEK Board Chair, Rob Gay