The regional solid waste board has given its approval for the Comox Strathcona waste management (CSWM) service to move the draft solid waste management plan (SWMP) to public consultation in the first quarter of 2012.
For the past couple years, the regional solid waste management plan committee of 22 representatives – including community groups, local politicians, First Nations, local businesses and professionals, environment groups, industry and the Ministry of Environment – have helped identify possible options to better manage and reduce waste. In addition, residents also had an opportunity to respond to a survey 2010, providing valuable information about preferences for various programs. Based on this information, a draft report was recently prepared by consultants AECOM Canada Ltd.
As mandated by the Ministry of Environment, the public must be consulted on all options being considered in the plan. A component of the draft plan includes recommendations for disposal of residual waste and summarizes the following options:
•One regional landfill in the Comox Valley
•One regional landfill in Campbell River
•Two regional landfills, one in Comox Valley and the other in Campbell River
•Waste to energy
In the draft solid waste management plan, using the Catalyst paper mill’s Elk Falls location for a “mass burn” incinerator or a landfill is not part of the recommended waste disposal options being considered by the regional solid waste board. However, as indicated in the regional district’s sustainability strategy, waste to energy technologies are being assessed as possible alternatives to landfilling waste in the future.
In early 2012, the CSWM service will begin consulting with residents and local area First Nations. Public meetings will be held throughout the Comox Valley and Strathcona Regional Districts. Dates, times and location of the public meeting will be communicated, once confirmed, and additional information regarding consultation activities and opportunities for input will be available online at: http://www.cswm.ca/plan.html