Archives for July 13, 2017
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Your trash – a few facts
Recently, the town of Oliver decided to participate in the so-called “cart system” for garbage, yard waste and recycling collection.
Contracts are being drawn up, equipment is being purchased and residents are preparing for next year’s introduction of a whole new approach to refuse collection. It seemed like a good opportunity to dig into a bag of questions surrounding trash.
How much does it cost?
You’ll notice a line on your local tax form for solid waste disposal. The amount is about $110 per household.
For about two bucks a week, the truck comes to your curbside and takes your garbage, yard waste and recycling to the landfill and recycling facility.
Besides the household levy, the town receives a grant from an organization called Recycle BC (more on them later). In 2016 the grant was $77,000 and it went directly toward the overall solid waste disposal budget.
Does the income cover the costs?
Yes. And considerably more.
In 2016 the town’s solid waste accounts ended up with a surplus of $49,500. All of which went directly into something called the Solid Waste Reserve fund.
The fund’s balance stands at $307,000. Theoretically, it is there for use by the town, at council’s discretion, for anything related to garbage, recycling and related stuff.
But in reality, according to town chief financial officer Devon Wannop, it’s a sizeable piggybank that council could decide to use for anything it thinks is appropriate.
Tell me about these carts
Starting next summer, households will be issued three large, wheeled containers. One is for garbage; one is for recycling; and one is for yard waste.
The cost of the carts is covered by the seven-year contract the town has with Waste Collections of Canada (WCC, formerly BFI Canada Inc.)
The essential feature of these carts is that they can be emptied into a garbage truck without being touched by an actual human. An automated arm picks them up, dumps them and returns them to the ground.
As is the case now, garbage will be collected every week and recycling and yard waste on alternating weeks.
In a recent vote, the town council was uncharacteristically divided on whether to adopt the cart program, with two voting against and three, including the mayor, in favour.
(Down the road in Osoyoos, their council decided against carts. Mayor Sue McKortoff said residents at a public meeting were against the idea and council followed their wishes.)
Are there cameras in the trucks?
Yes. The cart-enabled garbage trucks will be equipped with cameras to monitor the contents of all three types of carts as they are being dumped.
The idea is that any contamination will be visible to the driver on a monitor in the cab. The carts themselves will have embedded computer chips so that their addresses can be recorded.
The driver will be able to pass along the paper and picture record of the contamination, so that the offending residents can be notified that they are have been putting inappropriate stuff in one or more of the containers.
It’s actually a more efficient system than the current one, in which driver/collectors are mandated to inspect garbage and recycling bags for possible contamination.
What is contamination?
Basically, it’s anything that doesn’t belong where you’re trying to send it.
In garbage bags or carts, contamination is anything that will cause a short- or long-term danger. Old batteries, paint and paint cans, oil products, chemicals and other hazardous waste. And, of course, things that should be recycled are considered contamination in garbage.
In the recycling bags, anything that isn’t packaging is contamination. As well, soft plastic, particularly plastic shopping bags are a major contamination concern, mainly because they foul the machinery in the now highly mechanized recycling facilities.
For a full list of what can and cannot be recycled at the curb, visit www.oliver.ca/recycling
What is Recycle BC?
It’s a non-profit organization mandated in 2014 by the provincial government and responsible for residential packaging and printed paper recycling.
Recycle BC was formerly known as Multi-Material BC, and is in the middle of a rebranding effort.
The program is funded by levies on businesses that supply packaging and printed paper. It operates by providing funding to municipalities, regional districts, First Nations and other organizations.
The funding to local governments goes to support their recycling efforts. In 2016, Oliver received a grant of $77,000.
Across the province 156 communities participate in the Recycle BC program. Each year about 186 tonnes of material is collected from households and recycling depots.
Did I hear something about fines?
As part of its agreement with local governments, Recycle BC has a target of 3 per cent “contamination rate.” Few jurisdictions have achieved that rate. Oliver stands at about 6 per cent.
While it does have the power to levy fines for ongoing failure in the contamination rate, Recycle BC virtually never actually imposes them.
Managing director Allan Langdon says the organization by far prefers to work with municipalities to improve contamination rates through public education. Fines would only be considered if a municipality exhibits a rise in contamination rates and makes no reasonable effort to improve.
They didn’t pick up my blue bag
On occasion a homeowner may find that the driver has left his clear plastic recycling bag at the curb with a note attached explaining why.
In most cases it’s because the driver has seen something (that’s why the bags have to be clear) that is clearly contamination, like plastic grocery bags or glass bottles.
Cam Baughen, solid waste coordinator for the RDOS, said recently that leaving a bag at the curb with a note is “the most effective way to educate people.”
Of course there are alternative recycling opportunities for things that can’t be left in the blue bags or tossed in the landfill. The Oliver landfill has a large recycling area near the entrance and the local bottle depot will take small appliances and electronics.
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8:30 am Thursday – RCMP in Oliver call volunteer firemen to help with situation on the Reserve.
First house on left going up McKinney Rd just past band office.
Not a structure fire – might involve a vehicle and other debris – mostly smoke.
ODN has spotted a number of open fires in this area recently in the “heat of the season”
Over 250 people attended a town hall on policing at the Penticton convention centre Wednesday evening, hosted by the detachment’s new commander Inspector Ted De Jager.
De Jager presented several graphs comparing the Penticton detachment to others in the region, which ranked the communities overall crime rate below Kamloops, but above Kelowna and the North Okanagan.
“That’s the rate that we want to look at and see go down,” De Jager said “And we don’t make that go down just by constantly spinning the hamster wheel and doing the same thing, we make that go down through new techniques and initiatives.”
He announced that a “public safety committee” would be reinstalled, to give bring health care agencies, non-profits and the community at large into a room together to work on solutions. The Penticton RCMP targeted enforcement unit will be granted new funding from the rural detachments to help target prolific crooks that operate throughout the region.
De Jager also announced a focus on mental health, and a dedicated “mental health officer” and community support and enforcement team, inspired by successful “Car 67” programs in other centres.
The detachment’s apparent focus on the root causes of crime drew praise from many.
Source: Castanet files
RCMP are now able to confirm the identity of the body found inside the home destroyed by fire in the 900 block of Stockwell Avenue on April 1st, 2017.
The male body found inside the burning home has been identified as Michael Madsen, a 23-year-old Kelowna resident who lived at that house with other males at the time. The circumstances of Michael Madsen’s death are being treated as a homicide.
Police asking the public for information in relation to any contact person(s) may have had with Michael Madsen on Friday, March 31, 2017 and/or on the night of March 31, 2017 to April 1, 2017. Michael Madsen was associated to a 1993 white Chevy Cavalier.
The investigation revealed that Michael Madsen’s homicide was related to the drug trade and the organized crime element and therefore, the RCMP would like to remind the public about the dangers linked to Organized Crime activities and any associations to individuals affiliated to the drug trade.
Anyone with any information, that hasn’t yet spoken to investigators is urged to contact Cpl. Judith BERTRAND of the Kelowna RCMP Serious Crimes Unit at 250-470-6327. Or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, leaving a tip online at www.crimestoppers.net or by texting your tip to CRIMES (274637) ktown.
Princeton Fire – crews starting to get a handle on it – but 2700 hectares in area
• 146 firefighters
• 8 helicopters
• 17 heavy equipment
146 firefighters, an Incident Management Team, 8 helicopters, 6 water tenders and 17 pieces of heavy equipment are assigned to the fire.
Less smoke spreading in the region
Mt. Baldy – small fire contained
Princeton to Summerland Rd is closed
Band: Middle Coast
Artist: Ed Dukes
Winery: VinAmité Cellars
Band: Terence Jack
Artist: Diane Gane
Winery: Hidden Chapel
This Saturday is our next second Back Alley Concert of the season, goin’ on rain or shine… or smoke! Our June concert with Summerland’s “Timbre Wolves” went ahead completely unfazed by the rain! Maybe it was the soaring vocals and rockin’ beat that kept people’s spirits up, or maybe it was the spirits? Or perhaps it was the mouth-watering food from Vagabond Kitchen? Certainly, no one was whining about the wine, with red-wine-stained teethy smiles beaming all over the place. Or possibly it was the summery paintings bringing some sunshine to everyone’s mood. Despite the drizzle, the Back Alley was comfortably full and a great time was had by all. Thank you to the Timbre Wolves, Bartier Brothers Winery, Dubh Glas Distillery, artist Sally Franks, and Vagabond Kitchen for making it an awesome start to the concert season!
This Saturday, the downstairs Beer Shop & Social that’s open daily on the lower level of the “Old Firehall” building, will be sprawling out past its newly-licensed outdoor patio to make enough room for a couple hundred people to come down and enjoy art, in all its forms. The Middle Coast will be dropping in our their way around the country, this Manitoba trio whose self-described ‘70s-style yacht rock will be the new soundtrack to your summer patio daydreams, drawing on influences ranging from The Guess Who to The Eagles to Hall & Oates with tinges of Motown soul and Nashville twang. Our artisan ales and Noteworthy Gin & Tonics are always served fresh on-site everyday, but this Saturday we’ll be welcoming Dubh Glas Distillery’s Master Distiller himself, Grant Stevely, to come mix their Noteworthy Gin in fine craft-cocktail fashion. VinAmité will also be joining us with their delicious estate wines, and Oliver’s newest food-truck, Vagabond Kitchen, will be parking their shiny slick rig here again, to supplement our new Wine Crush “picnic station” available inside the Shop daily. And also inside the Shop we’ll have Ed Dukes’ photography on display, giving us some of the scenery we’re missing out on with the current smoke in the valley.
If you haven’t been to one of our concerts, let’s paint you the picture. First, we brew beer with courageous flavour and alarming drinkability. Then, we narrow down the hordes of available musical talent until we’ve got the perfect musical groups booked. Next, we call up some friends in the wonderful world of wine and spirits to see who’s available to come pour their craft. And finally, we search out some local artists who’d be into dressing up our walls with their creations for the evening. We spend Saturday morning sprucing up the back alley area with tents, stage & sound, vibrant shade sails, and the cleanest porta-potties you’ve ever laid a cheek on. We open the gates at 6pm, the crowds settles in, music kicks off at 7pm, and echoes up and down the back alley until 9pm or so. Then folks duck into the Beer Shop for a pint, while us volunteers clean up the show as quick as possible, and then we all head to Murphy’s Pub to finish the night off in good company.
Baskets and bags will be politely searched at the entrance, just to keep out glass and bad beer. Beer off-sales will be available after the show. If you need somewhere to sleep it off for the night, Centennial RV Park and Campground is a short stumble down Fairview Road, the Lakeside Resort is a bit further down the road on Tuc-el-Nuit Lake, and there are plenty of motels and B&B’s around the region (see: www.winecapitalofcanada.com). Or you can also call the local taxi company (250-498-0022). Tickets are $15 + tax, pre-sold downstairs at the brewery’s Beer Shop & Social, and available at the gate (6pm).
This is a break-even event made possible through the energy of gracious volunteers (if you’d like to volunteer, please contact us at 778-439-2337 or firstname.lastname@example.org). We’re stoked to have you join the fun, as a volunteer or a guest, and savour the flavour!