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General News · 17th August 2012
Comox Strathcona Waste Mgm'
Highlights from the last Comox Strathcona waste management board:

Gypsum Recycling Pre- 1984 Construction
In mid-2011, New West Gypsum, the only recycler of gypsum in BC, was mandated by WorkSafeBC to update its asbestos exposure plan pertaining to pre-1984 gypsum wallboard products. As a result, prohibitions on pre-1984 gypsum are in place. The CSWM service has developed best practice procedures that reasonably minimize waste
management centre (landfill) worker exposure to asbestos containing drywall. For more information on the safe disposal of gypsum or post-1984 construction visit www.cswm.ca/directory.

Solid Waste Fees and Charges Bylaw
No. 170 Amendment

Amendments to the fees and charges Bylaw No. 170 were brought forward. A recommendation to approve the changes as presented in the staff report dated June 12, 2012, with the exception of the updates to the minimum load size and charges, was CARRIED. Decision on the minimum charge per load was deferred to the September
meeting. For updated information on the proposed fees and charges bylaw visit www.cswm.ca/fees .

Recycling Depot Update

Staff brought forward a report to the March 15, 2012 board meeting, which recommended that a recycling strategy be adopted. The strategy would include replacing current depots in Campbell River, the City of Courtenay and the Town of Comox with larger, centralized depots located on either public land or land leased by the CSWMservice. The board accepted this motion, and also added that the depots would operate on a site that’s properly lit, paved, fenced and maintained, and that accessibilityto these new sites would not conflict with adjacent landowners and would be closed after specified hours.
At the June meeting, staff provided a progress update that outlined that the following actions have occurred:
- inventory of potential sites and initial assessment
- outreach to existing sites
- outreach to CFB Comox
- conceptual site plan
- research in packaging and printed paper (PPP)
extended producer responsibilty (EPR) program

The next steps will include:
- shortlist of sites
- develop cost estimates
- monitor PPP EPR developments
- review existing hauler contracts

For more information on upcoming agendas or previous board minutes, please visit www.cswm.ca and scroll down on the left-hand side to "regional solid waste board”.