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Merits of compacting garbage
April 27, 2008 - Kelowna Capital News

To the editor:

Re: Garbage

On almost a weekly basis we hear reports that our garbage dumps are rapidly approaching their useable life. Much concern is expressed over the high costs of alternatives. Like so many things in our life, there is a simple solution to extend their life considerably.

Our family of four moved to Westbank from the Lower Mainland in 1998. The home that we purchased came equipped with a garbage compactor in the kitchen. We very quickly found that this appliance was one of the most useful and used in our home.

Recyclables, of course, are separated into two categories—returnables for deposit and not. Compostables are put into our family composter, and a “package,” approximately two cubic feet, goes to the curb, usually once every two weeks.

I don’t recall ever seeing the merits of this appliance being promoted. The unit costs under $600, is 15 inches wide and either fits under the counter just like a dishwasher or free stands wherever you want to put it. It plugs into a standard wall plug. If no one is going to promote the use of these units, there should at least be a tax incentive for their use.

Len Straub

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It seems that it is not only visitors who dump their garbage in and around the North Westside Road area, its residents as well.

Solutions below:

Office of the Auditor General - The Office implements its environment and sustainable development mandate in a variety of ways:

We conduct performance audits that look at whether activities designed to respond to federal environment and sustainable development policies are being implemented effectively and are delivering results. We also monitor departmental progress on recommendations from past audits, and conduct follow-up audits of activities reported on previously.

Performance audits (formerly known as value-for-money audits) answer these questions: Are programs being run with due regard for economy, efficiency, and environmental impact? Does the government have the means in place to measure their effectiveness? Performance audits do not question the merits of government policies. Rather, they examine the government’s management practices, controls, and reporting systems with a focus on results. They seek to determine whether government programs are being managed with due regard for economy, efficiency, and environmental impact, and whether there are measures in place to determine their effectiveness.

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  • Office of the Auditor General - Environmental Petitions
    Auditor General Act
    In some respects, environmental petitions are similar to regular petitions. However, there are some important differences.  Numerous signatures are not required. An individual, organization, municipality, or corporation can initiate an environmental petition.  A simple letter is enough.  An environmental petition can take any form as long as it is in writing.

    You can help us by filling out our form and sending us your ideas on how to write our "Environmental Petition" letter to the Auditor General, or

    You can learn how to write you own "Environmental Petition" letter here.

    You may send your petition to:
    Office of the Auditor General of Canada
    Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development
    Attention: Petitions
    240 Sparks Street
    Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G6

    Or, send an electronic version (including a signature) to

  • Finance the purchase of land for more transfer stations over 25 years or less, or one time payment per parcel of $212.00 or close to it.  Finance fencing, bins, cement pads, over time of 10 - 15 years if we have to.

    Community Charter Part 7
    Borrowing in relation to a local area service
    217 (1) If all of the costs of borrowing for the purposes of a local area service are to be recovered by a local service tax, the loan authorization bylaw does not require the approval of the electors under section 180 [elector approval required for some loan authorization bylaws], but it may only be adopted if
    (a) the borrowing has been proposed by petition in accordance with section 212 [petition for local area service],
    (b) the borrowing has been proposed by council initiative in accordance with section 213 [local area service on council initiative -- subject to petition against], or
    (c) the bylaw has received assent of the electors in accordance with section 214 [local area service on council initiative -- subject to elector assent].

http: Infrastructure Grants

http: look under "G" for grants

Take advantage of the financial assistance available to Municipalities for solid waste.

The waste and recycling bins at the Sugar Loaf Transfer Station were financed with contributions from Environment Canada Environmental Partners, BC Environment and Regional District of Central Okanagan.  Click here to read that most of the waste and recycle bins at the Sugar Loaf Transfer Station were paid for without the Regional Districts help.  It doesn't say how much or what the Regional District contributed.  Its says the following regarding ownership and purchase cost of bins at Sugar Loaf Mountain transfer station.
Ownership of Bins:
In the event that this agreement is terminated for any reason, it is understood that the two waste bins and the recycling bin become property of Environment Canada and/or BC Environment jointly pursuant to the terms under which they contributed the sums of $20,000.00 from BC Environment and $20,600.00 from Environment Canada to the Association to assist in the establishment of the site.  The construction of the site was financed partially by a grant from the Regional District.  Residential lots in this area are selling for approx. 1 1/2 times the cost of each of the large waste and recycle bins.  Fuel being used to run back and forth will never be paid off, but eventually a lot could be paid off.

We could tap into the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund to help fund smaller transfer stations in each subdivision.

Or maybe tap into the Sustainable Environment Fund

[RSBC 1996] CHAPTER 445
The Minister of Environment, Lands and Parks may pay money out of the fund for initiatives to reduce and manage solid, liquid, hazardous and atmospheric waste and for other environmental protection and environmental renewal initiatives.  The object of the fund is to provide for programs to protect and enhance the environment.


About government grants;
In each fiscal year of the government, the minister may, in accordance with this Act and the regulations, make

(a) unconditional grants to municipalities and regional districts, and
(b) conditional grants to municipalities, regional districts and prescribed related organizations

  • Issue North Westside Road residents keys to smaller transfer station gates (it says on Ministry of Environments website) so residents can dump 24 hours per day and 7 days per week.  Better yet let the whole district dump whatever whenever and for no extra fees to help curb extra costs of illegal dumping and divert those funds to more transfer stations.

  • If RDCO wants to get technical about the garbage then they shouldn't charge a single person the same as a family and have single occupied residences subsidize families of 2 or more.  RDCO could charge a flat fee per person or however many bedroom house every 6 months or per year instead.

  • Build a smaller area chain link fence with smaller garbage bins at each subdivision.  Fence big enough for one or two small bins on wheels so garbage truck drivers can pull bins away from the fenced compound.  Leave enough space around the bins to walk, with room for future bin expansion.  Better to invest in land than burnt fuel and pollution.

  • Have top loading garbage trucks with forks to pick up the smaller bins and dump overhead instead of current overly large bins to be hauled to the landfill on an as per needed basis.  More often in the summer for instance when summer residents also populate the area or have a big enough compound for adding a future bin when population increases.

  • Have a large locked gate that would stay open, that the truck driver could use to roll the bin outside the chain link fenced compound.

  • Have a smaller gate inside the large gate for residents, that won't stay open, but close automatically.

  • Build smaller transfer station sites near the mailboxes at the entrance to each subdivision.

  • Appliances, large pieces of furniture and building materials could still be taken to Sugar Loaf transfer station.

  • Recycled items could also be dropped at each subdivision in smaller recycling bins like these.

  • Shrubs could be planted around the outside perimeter of the chain link fence to help hide it, or maybe grow Morning Glory climbing vine flowers up and around the fences which would look nice in the summer when the tourists come out.

  • Install and empty on an as needed basis, garbage cans for travelers at viewpoints along Westside Road.  Maybe this could be done in conjunction with other services like with the road maintenance crew.

  • Let residents dump however much they need to dump when they need to dump it without extra fees.

  • If you have business waste it should be part of your business costs.

  • If a business is picking up and disposing of residential waste for residents then the business should be permitted to dump the residential waste without incurring extra fees or having to collect and return each clients N.O.W.E.S.I. ID recycle card to show to the transfer station attendant.  The transfer station should know that the business is gathering waste from locals, unless that business is collecting from other than locals.  Residents already paid for the transfer station service.  Residents are paying extra to have someone pick it up.  Residents will pay even more to have the business drive around returning all the N.O.W.E.S.I. recycle ID cards.  What a hassle when the business gets to the transfer station and has to show every clients ID card and then the return the card to the resident.

  • Let business waste be dumped in the local area instead of having businesses drive it themselves to Kelowna or Vernon landfills.

  • Don't charge extra fees for appliances as everyone has a fridge or stove to dispose of in their lifetime.  How many fridges and stoves could a resident have?  Let these fees be apart of the yearly fees for garbage disposal and you won't see so many fridges and other appliances parked in the bush.

  • Could use North Westside Road residents garbage as a test case to hiring professional garbage sorters for other communities.  They have professional sorters and recycle garbage in Edmonton Alberta.  Edmonton, Alberta has achieved 65% diverson of its residential waste, more than any other city in Canada.  Garbage is thrown together until its sorted for as close to zero waste as possible.  See Edmonton Composting Facility.

  • Build a small recycling sorting site at the old landfill site just above the current transfer station at Sugar Loaf Mountain where recyclables and solid waste can be sorted and then hauled to appropriate facilities.  There could be a top loading garbage truck sitting at the landfill site that could be used to pick up garbage at the smaller transfer station sites around the North Westside, that take the garbage and recyclables to the sorting site at the old landfill above the transfer station at Sugar Loaf Mountain.

  • In 1995 Seattle recycled 44% of its total waste. Residential ratepayers saved $12 million between 1988 and 1994 because it was cheaper to recycle than landfill. The aim is to recycle 60% of all waste generated in Seattle by 2008.

  • Under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999, an individual who is at least 18 years of age and a resident of Canada can request that the Minister conduct an investigation of an alleged offence.  CEPA, 1999 provides the Government of Canada instruments including regulations to protect the environment and human health, and establishes strict timelines for managing substances found toxic under the Act.  Should the Minister fail to conduct an investigation or respond unreasonably and if there has been significant harm to the environment, then the individual has the right to proceed with an "Environmental Protection Action." This is a civil suit and seeks remediation of damage to the environment.  The individual is not entitled to any personal damage award under the CEPA 1999 provisions, but can seek reimbursement of their costs in bringing the action.
    CEPA Act  http: CEPA Regulations http: CEPA Toxic Update http: TV sets may contain some toxic substances and in some juristictions, all discarded cathode ray tubes are regarded as toxic waste.  Maybe a TV discarded in the bush can start a forest fire.

  • The process seems to be even better than recycling.

  • Install a cardlock system type transfer station bin that you can only fit so much garbage into a slot sort of like the Canada Post red mailbox opening the people mail out letters in, or some other type of system that retracts in and out of the larger bin and dumps into the larger bin when the smaller opening maybe with a weigh scale goes inside the larger bin to dump.  The cardlock card could keep track of how many times the smaller opening or bin only holding the one garbage bag at a time everytime it goes in and out of the larger transfer station bin.  Residents could be charged a flat fee of so much for each time the small garbage holder goes in and out of the larger bin.  Maybe the transfer site would not have to be manned full-time in this way, diverting the cost of manning the site to the cost of the cardlock system.

  • It may only cost each residential parcel approx. $211.00 to purchase land for more transfer stations located near each subdivision, but that was in 2006, not now.
    To purchase a lot at $30,000 in the year 1996 x 5 subdivisions (Fintry & Muir together, Valley of the Sun, Ewings Landing, Estmont, & Killiney Beach) = $150,000 divided by 710 residences that pay for the Sugar Loaf Transfer Station = $211.27 each residence to purchase land for 5 more transfer stations.  Maybe the cost could be financed over 2 years or maybe more.

  • Conveyor Belt system in Norway to sort garbage by machine.
    Systems have now been developed that can sort any combination of common domestic plastic waste and beverage cartons.

    A solid waste sorting line (SWSL), also known as a dirty material recovery facility (dirty MRF), processes recyclables from a stream of raw solid waste and is typically used in rural areas with no curbside programs and communities that are not actively promoting recycling.  In an automated system, the initial sorting operation usually removes bulky or dangerous items followed by waste screening to remove both small grit and aluminium and tin cans.  More sorting solutions by these companies.

    After leaving the Bioreactor, the composted organic matter is separated and transported to the Maturation Building for further processing. The residue, which contains non-compostable material, is directed to a sorting section where the recyclables are recovered and non-organics are compacted into containers to be transported for disposal

  • NO LANDFILL NEEDED 100% Recycled.
    The Ark Total Waste Recycling Process, produces Plastic Lumber, and other Useful & Saleable Products from Unsorted / Mixed Garbage, and so avoids the need for Landfill or Incineration.
    Plastic Lumber Plant process creates plastic lumber from mixed garbage without the need for any presorting.


  • Sponsor a bear proof garbage bin.  The cost of replacing one regular open garbage barrel with a certified bear-proof bin is approximately $1000. The sponsor company or individuals name and/or logo will appear on the bin, recognizing their commitment to the conservation of British Columbia’s wildlife, public safety and outdoor recreation values. Various levels of sponsorship available include: Gold Sponsorship - $1,000; Silver Sponsorship - $500; Bronze Sponsorship - $250.

  • We need to change our mindsets and that of the Regional District of Central Okanagan.
    Information below is from the Recycling Council of BC
    3. What Are the Obstacles
    Zero Waste proponents often get negative feedback from local government officials when they raise the possibility of endorsing this course of action. We hear "That's not possible - we couldn't even reach 50%" or "That will cost too much" or "There will always be waste - we'll always need landfills". These statements reflect a common theme - a mindset that is fixed on viewing anything for which one person or business has no use as "waste". Our major task is to break that mindset and get people to see that one person's waste is another person's resource or that we can structure our society to require the producers of products to be responsible for them even after they've been purchased and used. Once the mind is freed from the constraints of the traditional view of unwanted, but not useless resources, the possibilities are endless. Once we refuse to allow disposal costs to be externalized onto the taxpayer much of the waste stream simply returns to its source.

  • The next round of sustainable development strategies is to be tabled in the House of Commons in December 2006

  • Somehow have the Regional District of Central Okanagan follow through with the North Westside Official Community Plan of 1999
    adopted April 26, 1999, bylaw #785
    (for communities Trader's Cove, Wilson's Landing, Fintry, Valley of the Sun, Ewing, Killney, and Westshore), page 57 states the following:
    During the public consultation process, residents expressed a desire to increase the number of transfer station locations so that residents would not have to travel significant distances to the regional landfill.  Issues - Public desire to see more transfer stations in the North Westside area.
    2.  Increase the number of new transfer stations and improve the operations of existing transfer stations; and
    3.  Encourage recycling facilities to be established in conjunction with transfer stations.
    2.  Review alternative locations in the North Westside area where transfer stations can be established, and facilitate improved operations for those stations experiencing difficulty; and
    http: westside road.pdf

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