Whistler wants to ship its waste to the B.C. Interior because its own landfill is near the site of the Olympic village planned for the 2010 Winter Games. The Thompson-Nicola Regional District board has voted to add Whistler to the list of communities that export their waste to the Cache Creek landfill, about 150 kilometres northeast of the poopular ski town.
Brian Barnett, Whistler’s general manager of public works, told the board the community’s own landfill is near capacity and slated to close this year. It’s also near land intended for the athletes’ village.
"The Olympics is driving that decision to a point but we were facing that decision anyway," he says.
Under an agreement being developed, Whistler would ship 18,000 tonnes of waste each year to Cache Creek until it closes in 2008. Cache Creek already accepts waste from the Vancouver area, Fraser Valley, Nanaimo, Powell River and from within the region. It is to be replaced by the proposed Ashcroft Ranch landfill after 2008.
Adding Whistler’s waste will bring the Cache Creek landfill close to the 500,000 tonne annual limit.