Columbia Shuswap Regional District is holding an open house on February 1 at the Golden and District Recreation Centre for an opportunity to receive feedback on landfill operations in the region.                                Dallin Cervo/Star Photo

Columbia Shuswap Regional District is holding an open house on February 1 at the Golden and District Recreation Centre for an opportunity to receive feedback on landfill operations in the region. Dallin Cervo/Star Photo

CSRD hosting open house regarding landfill

There will be an open house February 1 at the Golden and District Recreation Centre hosted by CSRD.

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) is holding an open house on Thursday, February 1 at the Golden and District Recreation Centre and is encouraging the community to attend.

The CSRD is planning to purchase a 20 acre property adjacent to the existing Salmon Arm Landfill site. It will be used for storage of recyclables and other materials for end markets, potential future relocation of site entrance and scale facilities, and a buffer zone for the existing landfill and landfilling solid waste.

However in order to use the property for solid waste purposes, the CSRD is required by the Ministry of Environment to amend its Solid Waste Management plan and so are consulting with communities along the region. The Solid Waste Management plan amendment process will define the criteria to be used for consideration of future landfill property acquisition. The open house will be an opportunity to discuss and receive feedback from Golden and Area A residents regarding the acquisition of the property and usage.

In addition to discussing the purchase of the property in Salmon Arm, Environmental Health Services team leader Ben Van Nostrand says the open house in Golden will also be an opportunity for the community to voice concerns about the local landfill.

“We know there are concerns about the landfill in Golden and we want to be able to discuss them and address them directly,” Nostrand said.

With the concerns being raised at a town council meeting last month, Nostrand is encouraging those with specific concerns to attend the open house.

“This will be a great opportunity for us to understand the growing concerns of the community in regards to waste management,” Nostrand said. “It’s nice to have an understanding and that landfill space is not limited and we can expand the space.”

The open house will be from 7pm-9pm on February 1. The CSRD has created an online survey to receive additional community feedback on the initiative that can be taken prior to attending the open house. For more information on the upcoming open house and to take the online survey go to www.csrd.bc.ca and click on the services and go to Solid Waste Management Plan.