FVRD garbage plan aims to reduce landfilling by 70 per cent by 2016

A modernized Fraser Valley Regional District Solid Waste Management Plan is ready for public review and will be presented at a series of open houses throughout the region.

A modernized Fraser Valley Regional District Solid Waste Management Plan is ready for public review and will be presented at a series of open houses throughout the region.

The draft plan focuses on a number of key initiatives including region-wide composting, expanded recycling opportunities for homes and businesses, and holding those who produce garbage, responsible for the garbage they create.

“This is our region’s plan,” said Patricia Ross, chair of the Fraser Valley Regional District. “We’re in this together. We’re fortunate to live in a region rich in natural beauty. To keep it that way, we each need to do our part to preserve it by taking responsibility for the amount of garbage we individually produce.”

The plan initially calls for a 25 per cent reduction in the amount of residential garbage left out at the curb by making recycling as convenient as possible. The next goal will be to divert at least 70 per cent of the waste material, that residents, business and industry produce, away from regional landfills by 2016.

An open house was held in Boston Bar on Tuesday, May 17. The plan will be presented in Hope on Tuesday, May 24, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., at the Hope Eagles Hall.

The public consultation period runs from May 11-June 24.

The draft Solid Waste Management Plan can also be found on the home page of the FVRD website at www.fvrd.bc.ca

The draft 10-year plan replaces the region’s current Solid Waste Plan which was adopted in 1996.

The District of Hope is a member municipality of the Fraser Valley Regional District along with Chilliwack and Abbotsford. Outlying regional district areas include Area A (Boston Bar, North Bend, Fraser Canyon) and Area B (Yale, Laidlaw, Othello and Sunshine Valley).