Meetings on waste management

Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) staff has been working with its Solid Waste Plan Monitoring Advisory Committee

Over the past several weeks, Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) staff has been working with its Solid Waste Plan Monitoring Advisory Committee to update the Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) for 2015 – 2019.

The committee is comprised of members from the public who represent electoral areas and member municipalities. Regional First Nation bands, waste hauling contractors, recycling facility owners, and staff from the B.C. Ministry of Environment also sit on the committee.

CSRD staff and consultants are part of the committee as non-voting members and provide technical support and facilitation services.

Several recommendations presented by both the consultant and CSRD staff were ranked by the committee based on social, economic and environmental impacts.

These recommendations were then refined to a short list, which the committee is now recommending be implemented in the SWMP update.  Before developing this implementation plan, all options should be considered by the public.

In order to help maximize residents’ understanding of these recommended options, the CSRD is hosting a series of open house meetings throughout the region and is encouraging everyone in the community to attend and share their thoughts:

• Salmon Arm – Saturday, Oct. 25 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the CSRD board room at 781 Marine Park Drive NE

• Sorrento/Electoral Area C – Monday, Oct. 27 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Sorrento Drop-in Society at 1150 Passchendaele Rd.

• Sicamous/Electoral Area E – Monday, Nov. 3  from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Red Barn at 1226 Riverside Ave.

• Falkland/Electoral Area D – Wednesday, Nov. 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Falkland Seniors Hall at 5706 Hwy. 97

• Scotch Creek/Electoral Area F – Thursday, Nov. 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Scotch Creek Firehall at 3852 Squilax-Anglemont Hwy.

Feedback received from the public and the committee will help guide the update to the solid waste management plan.

The final updated SWMP for 2015-2019 must then be accepted by the CSRD board of directors and approved by the BC Ministry of Environment.

For further information, contact Ben Van Nostrand at 250-833-5940, toll free at 1-888-248-2773, or visit the CSRD website at www.csrd.bc.ca.