CRD’s Hartland Aims to Save Costs Through General Public Closure Two Days a Week

Dec 03, 2010

Victoria, BC - The Capital Regional District (CRD)’s Board is considering potential opening hour adjustments at Hartland landfill for services to the general public. The changes are being considered in order to take advantage of potential cost savings and greenhouse gas emission reductions. Closures for residential customers on two days would be offset by an increase in hours of access on remaining days; there would be no change to commercial hauler hours.

 “A residential closure two days a week could result in savings of $160,000 per year,” said CRD Environmental Sustainability General Manager Larisa Hutcheson. “We are always on the lookout for ways to save costs to the public and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by residential traffic to the landfill.”

“If residential hours at the landfill were reduced, commercial haulers would not be affected,” said Tom Watkins, Manager of Solid Waste Operations, “These haulers would continue to have the same access that they currently enjoy.”

Stakeholder consultation with commercial haulers, local residents and the public at large would occur before a final decision was made on changes to Hartland residential hours. Implications of the adjustment would include changes to traffic patterns on West Saanich Road and Hartland Avenue, consequences to small commercial loaders without access to the landfill face and changes to Hartland staffing and hours. Currently, 90% of the refuse received at Hartland is delivered by commercial haulers. After public consultation, a decision on the potential closure is expected by Spring 2011.

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For further information please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager, Corporate Communications
Capital Regional District
Tel: 250.360.3229
Cell: 250.216.5492