Curbside recycling pick-up could be coming next year to Halfmoon Bay and Roberts Creek under the Multi-Material BC (MMBC) packaging and printed paper stewardship plan.
With a Sept. 16 deadline for response looming, Sunshine Coast Regional District (SCRD) directors agreed last week to accept in principle MMBC’s financial incentive offer for curbside collection in areas B and D.
They also agreed to accept in principle MMBC’s offer for depot collection in Gibsons, Sechelt and Pender Harbour, with a preference for depot-only service in areas A, E and F.
The move follows the decision by the Town of Gibsons to retain a depot-only system.
The recommendations came out of a July 23 workshop and will not be legally binding, Jeremy Valeriote, the SCRD’s manager of waste reduction and recovery, told the infrastructure services committee on Sept. 5.
“The response by Sept. 16 is basically a place-holder to keep us in the game,” Valeriote said.
“We’re just indicating our preference now,” District of Sechelt director Darnelda Siegers affirmed.
In his report to the committee, Valeriote recommended the service parameters for curbside pick-up include both single and multi-stream collection, bi-weekly frequency and no glass collection at curbside.
The SCRD will not be bound by the parameters until it signs a service agreement with MMBC.
Board chair Garry Nohr said no glass pick-up in Area B “won’t fly very well” and suggested keeping the option open.
Valeriote said the option was not included in the recommendations because staff felt that “rolling out various streams would be problematic.”
As glass would have to be collected as a separate stream at curbside, he said, it would mean an added cost.
The District of Sechelt has its own curbside collection program, and Roberts Creek director Donna Shugar suggested SCRD staff work with the District to explore the possibility of combining the service if it does go forward in areas B and D.
“Before MMBC came along, that’s what we were looking at,” Nohr said.
The committee agreed to Shugar’s recommendation.
The MMBC stewardship plan is scheduled to come into effect in May 2014. Under the plan, municipalities that currently offer curbside garbage or recycling pick-up can opt in to the curbside recycling program, subject to some cost conditions.
In his report, Valeriote said depot service was the only option for Area A because it does not have garbage collection provided by local government.
“MMBC may review this service in the future and elect to offer a financial incentive or tender for curbside collection in areas not currently receiving garbage collection,” he said. “However, this is not likely prior to the initial three-year review in 2017.”
If the MMBC offer is accepted, a service agreement will be negotiated by the end of the year, according to the timeline laid out for the program.