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Future of garbage disposal, recycling to be discussed at meeting on Wednesday

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The future of garbage will be the subject of a meeting this week co-hosted by the TNRD and the City of Kamloops.

The meeting, on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Valley First Lounge in the Sandman Centre, will discuss the Regional Solid Waste Management Draft Plan.

TNRD and City staff will be on hand to provide information and to field any questions about the draft plan, which will provide guidance for the handling of garbage and recycling for the next 10 years.

Issues such as closure of the Barnhartvale landfill are expected to come up.

The amount of waste that is landfilled would be reduced by 20 per cent under the draft plan. For more information about the plan, or to provide feedback, go to tnrd.ca.

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2 Comments on Future of garbage disposal, recycling to be discussed at meeting on Wednesday

  1. The TNRD will spend $11 million to continue to landfill its solid waste, and spread toxic sewage on ranchlands … while this green sustainable mode, taking care of both sewage and solid waste, cost $3.5 Million … WAKE UP TNRD – join the 21st century! Get GREEN ! and get fiscally responsible !
    “The innovative downdraft gasification plant opened in October 2016. It converts up to 64 tons of wood waste, scrap tires and biosolids per day into syngas, which is used to produce 1.8 kWh of electricity annually for the WWTP. The gasification plant’s process is projected to eliminate 2,500 tons of carbon emissions and keep thousands of tons of wood, sludge and tires out of landfills each year. In addition, it produces a carbon-rich biochar that will eventually be sold for a profit.”
    So sad that the TNRD is showing such lack of vision, embracing such an old-fashioned approach to waste management. It is not surprising that the TNRD are going to continue to simply landfill rather than employ greener, sustainable technology – the company they employed to make the assessment and recommendations (Sperling Hansen) makes its money from landfills and spreading sewer sludge on ranches. The plan, several dozen pages in length, dismissed gasification (the correct route both fiscally and environmentally) in two paragraphs. Of course they would – it would hit their business directly if the TNRD were to move toward 21st century approaches to waste management. The supervisor erroneously claimed that Kamloops was too small to make Gasification effective. This is blatantly false. In Tennessee there are two gasification plants up and running (both cities have populations under 40,000) – taking care of the solid waste stream AND the toxic sewer sludge stream at the same time – it creates energy, and biochar. https://ariescleanenergy.com/video-biochar-futuristic-look-recycling-lebanon-waste-energy-plant/ They are stuck in their old methods of approaching this problem – stuck in their silo and unable to join forces with other departments, layers of gov’t or other regions. They asked for input, but only input that reinforced the same old approach. What is needed – and what the TNRD Waste group is not looking into – is IRM – Integrated Resource Management – here is a short video explaining this issue. (see video link at bottom of this page http://www.pivotalirm.com/library.htm ).
    Here is a Victoria Gasification company that explains how IRM works – http://www.pivotalirm.com/files/Pivotal.IRM.pdf
    We can combine our sewage waste with our solid wastes and use both as a resource. It is being done. We can do it too. The TNRD will spend $11 million to continue to landfill its waste, and spread toxic sewage on ranchlands … while this green sustainable mode, taking care of both sewage and solid waste, cost $3.5 Million … WAKE UP TNRD – join the 21st century! Get GREEN ! and get fiscally responsible ! https://www.wwdmag.com/iwwd-waste-energy-plant-provides-renewable-energy-source

    • Mel Rothenburger // January 16, 2018 at 11:51 AM // Reply

      Biosolids are a complicated multi-jurisdictional issue, separate and apart from household and commercial/ construction garbage, waste, and recyclables, and from the Solid Waste Management Plan. As explained in a TNRD statement May 21, 2015, “The TNRD cannot license, manage, or issue permits for farm operations, including composting, however the TNRD can prohibit the commercial sale and export of compost produced on the farm.” The TNRD has pushed for review of bio-solids and for consultation with the regional district in biosolids proposals. Electoral Area Director Randy Murray has been especially active in connection with biosolids and was instrumental in obtaining zoning restrictions on the sale of biosolids, and sponsored a resolution to the UBCM in 2016 calling for regulatory changes. Sperling Hanson & Associates, which has done consulting work on biosolids for other clients, as well as solid waste management reviews, was awarded the contract to consult on the TNRD Regional Solid Waste Management Plan review through a public tender process. Maura Walker Associates and Jan Enns Communications were also involved in the review. The meeting on Wednesday is part of the consultation process on the review of the solid waste management plan.

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