Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District will be recommending the banning of wood waste and product stewardship materials. After public consultation and pending their approval the new proposed bans are scheduled to come into effect on March 1, 2010.
Together, these items have the potential to divert more than 8,000 tonnes of materials, or 6% of the total waste, from Hartland landfill each year. The bans are being recommended to conserve landfill space, to save energy and resources and to encourage residents to take advantage of the viable alternatives and infrastructure in place to accommodate environmentally responsible disposal of the items.
“The CRD is working toward a zero waste initiative, which includes diverting 60% of waste from Hartland Landfill by 2013,” said CRD Chair of the Environment Committee Alice Finall. “By taking the step to ban product stewardship materials and wood waste, we are moving that much closer to our goal. This new practice will help encourage recycling, extend the lifespan of the landfill and create new opportunities for resource recovery.”
The practice of banning specific wastes at Hartland has been used by the CRD since 1991, and has been proven to be highly effective in helping to divert materials for recycling. Current landfill bans include drywall (1991), cardboard, directories, tires, large appliances (1993), fill materials (1995), paper (1998) and yard and garden waste (2006).
The CRD will conduct stakeholder consultation from June to September 2009 to identify potential issues and develop solutions. If approved, the ban will come into effect in March 2010 along with an education and awareness campaign.
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For more information please contact:
Sheila Taylor, Manager, Community Relations