As the core-area wastewater committee comes together on Wednesday to make its next decisions, I believe we must focus on the integration of our solid and liquid waste streams, and give the private sector an opportunity to design new systems that will save taxpayers money.
The Capital Regional District’s current practice is to manage kitchen scraps, municipal solid waste, yard and garden waste, and the biosolids generated from liquid waste separately. Finding an integrated system to manage all those types of waste has been a top priority of the CRD board for many years.
Following a committee of the whole meeting regarding this in October 2015, the board gave direction for the chair to set up a task force to determine whether what is called “integrated resource management” had validity and how the CRD could move forward.
As CRD chairwoman, I gave a mandate for the task force to examine whether IRM was real and feasible and what benefit it could provide to the region. I also gave direction for the task force to recommend how we might get there. As this would clearly influence the core-area sewage process already underway, they were given the tight time line to report back to the board by the end of February.