Garbage is a major concern for many cities around the world, and in the Cowichan Valley we go to extraordinary lengths to manage it. In this series about garbage, we will look at homegrown challenges and solutions to managing solid waste.
Canadian dollars are worth much less in the U.S. right now, so it’s likely many Islanders will be postponing that getaway trip to Washington. But if you’re a Cowichan Valley resident, your garbage will be making the trip instead. That’s right: while you stay home to economize, your garbage takes a journey to Roosevelt, Washington on the Columbia River over 600 km away. It gets there by truck, barge, and rail, and then another truck.
With the Canadian dollar slumping, that option cost Cowichan taxpayers close to $400,000 extra last year for transportation and disposal fees.