On November 24 2011, the P/TAC meeting focussed on three subjects.
The first item on the agenda was giving final approval for the Stage 1 Document which summarizes the current solid waste management operations within the Regional District of Mount Waddington and the how it should be presented to the public for comments. Referring to the public consulation plan, we need to develop a questionaire to provide an opportunity to get as many residents their chance to directly participate in the update process as well as organize public meetings to provide the public the additional opportunity to discuss their solid waste concerns directly with staff and comment on the Stage 1 Document. For those interested in getting an early viewing, I have attached a copy of the Stage 1 Document on this posting. It should be stated that this document has yet to be approved by the Steering committee so it is still considered a draft.
The second subject of discussion was start of the of Multi Material BC’s process to develop a product stewardship program for residential packaging and printed paper (PPP). While there have been several product stewardship programs that have been established (electronics, batteries, electrical appliances, etc), a PPP program would be the largest udertaking of its kind in British Columbia. If the average resident were to remove all the packaging from their garbage, what would be left?… Likely not much given all the box board, plastic containers and wrapping, etc. Chances are all that remains is food waste and other compostables plus the occassional residues of items which have been used up. This program’s costs are going to be covered by the purchase price of every item BC’s consumers purchase. Whether this is a green tax or just factored into the price has yet to be decided but all of us will be contributing unless all your shopping is done out of province. The key challenge for the RDMW is getting as much material diverted from the waste stream through this program. If a piece of packaging isn’t diverted by MMBC’s program, RDMW rate payers will then bear the cost of disposing it which means we will have paid for its disposal twice, once in the purchase price and second through your contribution to the solid waste program. For those interested, I have attached the MMBC brochure which explains the program and a report I submitted to the Board.
Finally we breifly discussed Kitimat Stikine’s EcoPrise program which gives credits for initiatives that divert solid waste. The rationale is if an effort can divert tonnage, why not provide a positive feedback from a portion of the savings by not landfilling this material? I have attached a facts sheet for the program and document where I propose possible projects on the North Island.
Thats all for now. Cheers!