Community-backed waste project supports Terrace, BC, economy
The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine's Terrace Area Integrated Solid Waste Management Program is the 2018 winner in the waste category of FCM's Sustainable Communities Awards.
Extensive stakeholder consultation enabled the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, BC, to build a state-of-the-art waste management facility that respects community needs and concerns. (Photo: Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine)
Building a new waste management facility can be a hot topic in any community. The Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine, BC, discovered that taking the time for thorough consultation with residents, businesses, First Nations and other stakeholders really made a difference to the project. Incorporating the community's interests and concerns into the plan resulted in the construction of a waste management facility that provides strong economic benefits for the Terrace Area of the Regional District, and is a model for small or rural communities across Canada.
Addressing stakeholder concerns enhanced the project plan
Integrated program increases waste diversion
The Regional District's new integrated waste management program includes a variety of strategies to increase waste diversion, such as expanding the curbside collection program, and leading community education and awareness campaigns. The program now diverts 532 tonnes of paper and packaging, 100 per cent of sewage sludge, and has a goal of 50 per cent diversion of organics and recyclables in 2018. Liquid discharge (effluent) from waste at the facility will be nearly zero once the phytoremediation orchard on site is fully mature.
Program keeps more money in the community
The Regional District ensured local contractors could bid on the project and, as a result, 83 per cent of the construction work and an ongoing $1.1 million annual contract were awarded locally.
The Regional District can amortize costs over a longer period, since the diversion programs extend the life of the landfill. Plus, the project was designed to meet Recycle BC requirements, making it eligible for future funding, and the Regional District can also generate GHG offset credits.
Learn more about this project
Want to develop a similar project in your community? This spring, we'll publish a video of the project team's presentation at FCM's 2018 Sustainable Communities Conference, along with a guide.
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