Please help us plan for the future of our waste! Your feedback is crucial to the development of an updated Regional Solid Waste Management Plan (RSWMP), which will guide the management of municipal solid waste in the TNRD for the next 10 to 20 years.

The first seven questions in this survey deal specifically with ideas contained in the draft RSWMP, and we want to know what you think about these ideas for how we can reduce the amount of waste we landfill and, at the same time, keep the cost of the system financially sustainable.

As an added bonus, you can enter your name in our our prize draw and you could win one of two prizes -- a $100 VISA card or a home composting kit.

For more information about the draft RSWMP and our planned consultation events, please check out tnrd.ca

The survey closes Feb. 9, 2018.

Thank you!

* 1. Increase recycling by businesses and institutions (i.e. schools, hospitals, extended care facilities) by continued application of differential tipping fees, banning recyclable materials from disposal as garbage, increasing the awareness of diversion opportunities for businesses, supporting commercial haulers in communicating with their customer base, requiring recycling space to be incorporated into new commercial building developments, and requiring recycling collection services at businesses and institutions in the City of Kamloops.

Please indicate your level of support for the following recommendations to increase recycling by businesses and institutions:

  Do Not Support Unsure Somewhat Support Strongly Support
Continue to apply differential tipping fees to encourage source separation of recyclable/recoverable components of the waste stream
Restrict the disposal of recyclable materials like cardboard and metal in garbage
For new commercial developments, ensure there is adequate space for recycling included in the design
Require businesses and institutions to recycle (where recycling services exist)
Promote existing recycling opportunities to businesses and institutions

* 2. Increasing the diversion of waste generated by construction and demolition (C&D) activities. There are many approaches – financial, regulatory, communications – that can be used to reduce the amount of C&D waste landfilled. The TNRD will work closely with stakeholders such as contractors, builders, developers, waste haulers and municipalities to develop the strategy that will work best in the different parts of the region. Information regarding available diversion options throughout the TNRD for C&D waste materials will be made available to help contractors improve their waste management practices.

Please indicate your level of support for the following recommendations to increase recycling by construction, renovation and
demolition (C&D) projects:

  Do Not Support Unsure Somewhat Support Strongly Support
Develop a C&D waste diversion strategy in consultation with industry stakeholders including the construction and demolition industry, haulers of C&D waste and municipalities
Develop and distribute information on existing C&D waste diversion opportunities

* 3. Reduce the amount of organic waste (food scraps and yard waste) being landfilled in the TNRD by helping people manage their food and yard waste at home, and the development of food waste collection and processing within the City of Kamloops.

Please indicate your level of support for the following recommendations to reduce the amount of organic waste being landfilled:

  Do Not Support Unsure Somewhat Support Strongly Support
Encourage businesses and institutions in the City of Kamloops to participate in organic waste diversion
Establish an organic waste processing facility in the Kamloops area and implement curbside collection of organic waste from homes in the City of Kamloops
Promote organic waste reduction

* 4. Increase promotion and education efforts by establishing an education staff position at the TNRD who would undertake education activities, coordinate with other local governments, and develop a Zero Waste education program for schools.

Please indicate your level of support for the following recommendations to improve promotion and education efforts:

  Do Not Support Unsure Somewhat Support Strongly Support
Coordinate and collaborate with other local governments (Municipalities, First Nations) for promotion and education
Establish a Zero Waste Education Program for Schools

* 5. Encourage the proper disposal of household hazardous waste (HHW) through the development of a permanent HHW drop off depot in Kamloops and continuing to hold collection events in outlying areas.

Please indicate your level of support for the following recommendations to collect household hazardous waste:

  Do Not Support Unsure Somewhat Support Strongly Support
Establish a permanent HHW drop off depot in Kamloops to replace annual collection events in this area
Continue to hold collection events in areas where collection sites for HHW are not available

* 6. Continue to tackle illegal dumping through the ongoing support of community cleanups and developing a region-wide illegal dumping strategy in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and other key stakeholders.

Please indicate your level of support for the following recommendations to tackle illegal dumping:

  Do Not Support Unsure Somewhat Support Strongly Support
Collaborate with the Ministry of Environment and other stakeholders to develop a region-wide illegal dumping strategy
Continue to support community cleanup efforts through waiving of tipping fees
Continue to clean up illegal dump sites and forward reports of illegal dumping to the Ministry of Environment

* 7. Increase the efficiency of residual waste management services: There are six municipal solid waste landfills within 30km of Kamloops. A strategy is proposed to reduce operating costs through the conversion of the Heffley Creek Landfill to a construction waste focused landfill (all Heffley Creek Eco Depot services would remain unchanged), and the closure of the Barnhartvale Landfill near Kamloops. This would result in cost savings, reduced environmental liability, and would save landfill space for the future.

Please indicate your level of support for the following recommendations to increase the efficiency of residual waste management services in the Kamloops area:

  Do Not Support Unsure Somewhat Support Strongly Support
Convert Heffley Creek Landfill to a Construction and Demolition only landfill. All existing residential refuse disposal and recycling services would remain unchanged
Close the Barnhartvale Landfill to reduce operating costs and liability

* 8. Would you like to offer any comments or feedback?

* 9. Where do you live? (name of community, no address needed)

* 10. Thank you for taking the time to respond to this questionnaire! If you would like to be entered into a draw for a $100 Visa Gift Card or a Home Composting Kit (retail value $160), please click here to email us your email address and phone number.

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