CRD Progresses with Waste Resource Recovery Opportunity Analysis

May 20, 2008

Victoria, BC- Capital Regional District (CRD) Board Chair Denise Blackwell confirmed today that the CRD plans to have technical studies and a business case complete on waste resource recovery options by the end of this year. The CRD has retained Associated Engineering and CH2M Hill, leading experts in this field as the region prepares to move to a new level of wastewater treatment in the Core Area. Core Area municipalities include Colwood, Esquimalt, Langford, Oak Bay, Saanich, Victoria and View Royal.

Blackwell made the comments as the Province released an independent report today on integrated resource management that examines approaches for local governments to use solid and liquid waste to create energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve water and recover nutrients.

“Today’s Provincial report is consistent with our “Path Forward” document, said Blackwell. “We have been working with the approach and since June of 2007 have tasked staff with providing the best and most accurate business case scenarios as we pursue treatment options for the Core Area.”

Blackwell also noted that Peer Reviews of the report point out considerable differences of opinion on how to implement the concepts and specifically around details of cost recovery.

Mayor Chris Clement, the Chair of the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Committee (CALWMC) said his recent fact finding trip to Sweden confirmed that there is no perfect model to guide the Committee’s decisions on resource recovery. “We have specific variables and circumstances unique to our region.  Nevertheless, the beneficial reuse and maximization of resource recovery to minimize costs to local taxpayers are guiding principles in the work that is well underway.”

For more information, please contact:

Denise Blackwell, CRD Board Chair
Tel: 250.360.3126

Esquimalt Mayor Chris Clement
Cell: 250.588.7587

Sheila Taylor,
Manager, Community Relations, Corporate Communications, CRD
Tel: 250.360.3008