Recycling tactics in Kitimat will benefit landfill life span

Kitimat councillors were given an overview of possible recycling plans to make Kitimat a greener community.

It can depend on a number of factors, but the Kitimat landfill may have just 40 years left before the landfill is land-full.

That’s an estimate provided by the Director of Engineering Tim Gleig based on a landfill survey recently received by the town — which is so new in the office he hasn’t read to the end of it yet — but that estimated life span may give pause to think for city council.

Councillors, at a June 22 Committee of the Whole meeting, reviewed recycling options, with an eye at landfill diversion tactics, from expert in recycling projects in B.C. Maura Walker.

Walker has worked extensively in the province on recycling, including within our or Kitimat-Stikine Regional District.

She points to studies showing that in the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, per person, people toss about 750 kilograms worth of trash. Only about 10 per cent of that is diverted from landfills.

Provincially, she said, the average is 570 kg a person.

Aside from lengthening the lifespan of a community’s landfill, diverting products has a number of benefits, including job creation and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, she said.

Province-wide she says there are efforts in the works to drop the per-capita trash rate to just 350 kg a person by 2020.

She said the pressures that other jurisdictions have had for landfills hasn’t quite reached Northern B.C. yet but she said it will happen. Meanwhile the cost of creating a landfill is expected to increase while new regulatory requirements of landfill closure will also add to cost pressures.

For illustrative purposes she pointed to Nanaimo which has a 70 per cent landfill diversion rate. Better diversion can be had by developing curbside recycling, or putting landfill restrictions on easily diverted material.

Commercial cardboard in Kitimat is already banned at the landfill.

There is a will from council to develop recycling initiatives. Mario Feldhoff said it makes him sick to see everything that goes in to the Kitimat landfill.

“There are things we can do, we can learn from other communities,” he said.

He called for council to have a workshop in the near future to discuss what to do with recycling in the community. Germuth agreed, saying it should include all the local stakeholders in the issue.

The estimate of Kitimat’s landfill’s lifespan of 40 years includes an expansion of the property to the east, which would occur once the phase 3 capacity is reached in 2034, based on a “medium high growth rate” of 43 per cent from 2011 to 2031, and no change in the diversion rate, said Gleig.

So basically if the town manages to develop recycling programs to divert waste from the landfill, we’ll see a longer lifespan for our dump than just 40 years.


Just Posted

Outside the Kitimat RCMP police station, Diversity Morgan’s family and Kitimat RCMP come together for a pride flag-raising ceremony. (Jacob Lubberts photo)
Kitimat RCMP host pride flag ceremony in memory of Diversity Morgan

“We’re gathered here in solidarity for anyone who’s ever experienced prejudice or discrimination”

(Haisla First Nation logo)
Haisla Nation host walk for strength and series of virtual sessions for Indigenous History Month

The purpose of the walk is to bring Haisla Nation members together and show their collective support

The District of Kitimat will be awarding business owners with a store front up to $5,000 to cover up to 50 per cent of exterior renovations. (Norhtern Development logo)
The District of Kitimat is awarding $5,000 to storefront owners for exterior renovations

The district has set aside $20,000 this year and non-profits are also eligible

Ron getting loose and sipping a glass of the family’s favourite greek amber spirit, Metaxa. (Photo supplied)
In Our Valley: Ron Lechner

Retired part-time singer and Rio Tinto lifer: Ron Lechner

Map of the road work that will be completed this summer. The streets highlighted in red are what the district planned on completing before additional funding, and the streets highlighted in orange is the road works that will be done with the additional funding. (District of Kitimat photo)
$1.1 million allocated for road work this year in Kitimat

Kitimat council has added $470,000 for more work by deferring four other projects.

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

FILE – Most lanes remain closed at the Peace Arch border crossing into the U.S. from Canada, where the shared border has been closed for nonessential travel in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Thursday, May 7, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. The restrictions at the border took effect March 21, while allowing trade and other travel deemed essential to continue. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Feds to issue update on border measures for fully vaccinated Canadians, permanent residents

Border with U.S. to remain closed to most until at least July 21

A portion of the George Road wildfire burns near Lytton, B.C. in this Friday, June 18, 2021 handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, BC Wildfire Service *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Blaze near Lytton spread across steep terrain, says BC Wildfire Service

Fire began Wednesday and is suspected to be human-caused, but remains under investigation

Blair Lebsack, owner of RGE RD restaurant, poses for a portrait in the dining room, in Edmonton, Friday, June 18, 2021. Canadian restaurants are having to find ways to deal with the rising cost of food. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canadian restaurateurs grapple with rising food costs, menu prices expected to rise

Restaurants are a low margin industry, so there’s not a lot of room to work in additional costs

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Fort St. John man arrested after allegedly inviting sexual touching from children

Two children reported the incident to a trusted adult right away

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. An independent vaccine tracker website founded by a University of Saskatchewan student says just over 20 per cent of eligible Canadians — those 12 years old and above — are now fully vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
At least 20% of eligible Canadians fully vaccinated, 75% with one dose: data

Earlier projections for reopening at this milestone didn’t include Delta variant

This undated file photo provided by Ernie Carswell & Partners shows the home featured in the opening and closing scenes of The Brady Bunch in Los Angeles. Do you know the occupation of Mike Brady, the father in this show about a blended family? (Anthony Barcelo/Ernie Carswell & Partners via AP, File)
QUIZ: A celebration of dad on Father’s Day

How much do you know about famous fathers?

Emily Steele holds up a collage of her son, 16-year-old Elijah-Iain Beauregard who was stabbed and killed in June 2019, outside of Kelowna Law Courts on June 18. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Kelowna woman who fatally stabbed teen facing up to 1.5 years of jail time

Her jail sentence would be followed by an additional one to 1.5 years of supervision

Most Read