Kent opposed to MMBC program

New recycling program putting burden on small communities

The District of Kent council continued to voice disappointment with the impending Multi Material BC Program, and is one of several small communities that are doing so.

Coun. Lorne Fisher moved that they write a letter to Minister of Enviroment, Mary Polak, repeating their concerns that the MMBC program will not work as proposed.

“The more we become familiar with it, the less workable it is,” he said.

When the MMBC program was first announced, they fired off a similar letter. But that seemed to be ignored, Fisher said.

The DOK will be joining the Village of Valemount, which has written to Polak to explain the hardship the MMBC places on small towns with small tax bases.

“The program appears to be designed for large municipalities of at least 100,000 or more,” Valemount mayor Andru McCracken wrote. More than half of the municipalities in B.C. have a population of less than 5,000. The District sits just over 5,000, including the prison population.

“Meeting the requirements of the RFP of MMBC is simply not attainable,” McCracken wrote. High penalties are in place through MMBC for contamination targets, which are set at 3%. MMBC also sets out that call centres need to be in place from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., outside of the hours set out for most small municipalities, and requires collection vehicles to be five years old or newer.

news@ahobserver.com

Just Posted

Q & A with SD78 trustee candidates

Agassiz-Harrison’s trustee-hopefuls answer the Observer’s questions

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

On Oct. 19, gospel musician, Rob Berg, hosts first concert in Chilliwack in 25 years

Held at the Sardis Community Church, the concert celebrates his career and new album release

Fraser Valley comedy fest makes its debut next week

Comedy festival during election season is just what the doctor ordered

The Fraser Valley Comedy Festival hosts its first annual 10-day festival

With low-cost shows featuring top comics, the FVC Festival is sure to tickle your funny bone

Naked man jumping into Toronto shark tank a ‘premeditated’ stunt: official

The man swam in a tank at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Transport Canada to take new look at rules, research on school bus seatbelts

Canada doesn’t currently require seatbelts on school buses

Sockeye run in Shuswap expected to be close to 2014 numbers

Salute to the Sockeye on Adams River continues until Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

Michelle Mungall’s baby first in B.C. legislature chamber

B.C. energy minister praises support of staff, fellow MLAs

B.C. man who abducted and assaulted 11-year-old girl has parole rules tightened

Brian Abrosimo made ‘inappropriate and sexualized’ comments to female staff

Canucks: Pettersson in concussion protocol, Beagle out with broken forearm

Head coach Travis Green called the hit ‘a dirty play’

5 tips for talking to your kids about cannabis

Health officials recommend sharing a harm reduction-related message.

Elderly pedestrian killed in Burnaby collision

Police are looking for witnesses

Most Read