Re: Transfer station mess needs to be addressed, Letters (Feb. 12)
We would like address the accusations that have been written in the paper regarding the pile of mixed waste that was on the ground of the Hope Transfer Station. Yes there are various loads that contain a mixture of waste. These loads are tipped off and we reload the appropriate bins and dispose of this at the correct depots. At all times we “second sort” all garbage waste that has been removed from the Hope Transfer Station and taken to our successful second sort transfer station in Abbotsford. We would not put recycle or cardboard into the garbage when this would cost us money!
As for the employee pushing the blue bags with the small tractor this is correct, as we need to make sure that they are put into the correct bins and not mixed. Yes, some of the bags are torn apart but they are eventually ripped open at a designated recycle station and sorted into the appropriate designations. This is why it is called a transfer station and not a landfill. Responding to the accusation of the residential truck putting both the garbage and cardboard into the same load is incorrect. If you took a closer look you would be able to see that the truck has a split compartment and one side is for waste and the other is for recycle/cardboard. First Class Waste has to supply the District of Hope with tickets informing them on a monthly basis the correct amount of waste, recycle, cardboard, organics and green waste for them to track. Then on a quarterly basis we need to report to the Fraser Valley Regional District. It is important for the residents of Hope to understand that First Class Waste operates the Hope Transfer Station at minimal charge to the District of Hope, including all equipment, man power, utilities and refuse containers. First Class Waste considers Hope as a part of our community through long standing residents and partner Colt Barber, and supporting local businesses such as Napa, Canyon Automotive, Hope Machine Shop, Jamie Davis Towing, Emil Anderson, Ogilvie Mountain plus numerous donations to various charities. First Class Waste is always available to answer any questions at any time. We ask that any residents or businesses please contact Colt Barber at 604-860-8800.
First Class Waste