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Tonnes of Trash

Thursday, July 21, 2016 @ 5:59 AM

Prince George, B.C. – The Regional District of Fraser Fort George will be talking trash this afternoon.

The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors will  review the  2015 annual operating report of the Foothills  Landfill.

Nearly 98 thousand tonnes of material arrived at the Foothills facility in 2015.  That’s about 8 thousand tonnes less than had been handled in  the previous year.

Of the material received  in 2015, nearly 25%  was diverted through recycling, onsite use as cover material or compost.

Just under  74 thousand tonnes was buried at the  Foothills site in 2015,  and that means there is  good news for the lifespan of  the  landfill.   Based on  the most recent figures,  its expected the lifespan of  cell 1 ( the current  fill area) will  extend beyond  2027.

7,2916 tonnes of yard and garden waste were received in 2015 , that is an increase of  nearly a thousand tonnes over the yard and garden waste handling  in 2014.


Does that mean our utility bills will go down???

    Now that’s funny!

Does this mean there is 8 thousand tonnes dumped in the bush? “25% diverted through recycling” is that code for driven out into other areas and dumped to be cleaned up by …..locals who can’t stand the mess of your garbage!

I know our household puts about 1/4 less to the dump since the recycling started.

Recycling, is it cost effective or just morally justified? Does the recycled material we dutifully sort get recycled or does some get dumped anyhow? The mantra today is reduce energy use, does recycling use more energy over just dumping? Does recycling produce more evil c02 over just dumping?

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    Careful Seamutt – you never want to be the one who points out “hey look, the emperor is wearing no clothes.”

What this means is they are setting up the public for another round of rate increases at the transfer stations again. The justification for the last increase (from $4.00 to $6.00 per visit) was the amount of recycling being done by the public was reducing the amount going to the landfill. Therefore as the landfill contractor had been promised a certain number of tons being dumped there at the agreed rate of $ per tonne, that amount of money had to be obtained somewhere. So, we the public are being financially ‘punished’ with higher fees and taxes because we are recycling ‘too much’. Kind of ironic, eh?

Their methods of determining volume or weight of trash are fairly basic and non scientific.
It seems to me that the operators would have a financial interest in reducing the garbage and recyclables hitting the back roads, if it were somehow diverted to the landfill.

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