FVRD draft solid waste management plan unveiled at May 30 open house

Learn the Fraser Valley Regional District’s (FVRD) plan for garbage and recyclables at a May 30 open house.

The government has been working to update its 1996 solid waste management plan (SWMP), and in 2009, the first round of public consultation was completed. The feedback, along with input from member municipalities was considered by the FVRD and its advisory committee when developing the updated draft plan.

The plan shows an updated vision, which acknowledges the changing attitudes and encourages a shift towards less waste being created. The strategies focus on making the recycling and reduction of garbage as accessible and convenient as possible.

The draft plan explores options such as region-wide composting, expanding recycling opportunities for all sectors, including businesses, institutions, and industries, and continuing to emphasize the need for residents to take personal responsibility for their garbage.

The document also calls for a 25 per cent reduction in the amount of residential garbage left out at the curb on collection day, and challenges all sectors to divert at least 70 per cent of their material from landfills by 2016.

To give the public an opportunity to provide feedback on the Draft Plan, the FVRD is hosting open houses around the region. Mission’s will be at the library on Second Avenue, May 30, from 6 to 8 p.m.

If you can’t attend, send your feedback to planfeedback@fvrd.bc.ca, fax it to 604-702-5467 or mail it to Fraser Valley Regional District, 45950 Cheam Ave., Chilliwack, B.C., V2P 1N6, attention: Stacey Barker.

The plan can be found at www.fvrd.bc.ca, under Hot Topics.