Representatives from three levels of government gathered at the Heffley Creek Landfill to celebrate the smell of success on Monday.
Elected officials from the federal, provincial and regional district governments officially opened two new eco-depots at Heffley Creek and South Thompson.
The region now boasts five such depots in a new system that’s helping residents divert more solid waste from landfills. It’s also expected to extend the life of Thompson Nicola Regional District landfills, protect the environment and keep a lid on taxes.
The $15-million project involved the reconfiguration of 16 sites within the TNRD into a system that will provide full recycling services to more than 41,000 residents.
But don’t bring cash — for security reasons, the sites will only take debit, credit and punch cards. However the new weigh scale system that’s replacing volume-based charges will cost less for the average household garbage dumper.
“As a regional government covering more than 45,000 square kilometres, providing services in a financially sustainable manner can be a challenge,” said TNRD chairman Randy Murray.
“Federal contributions and inter-jurisdictional partnerships are vital to maintain the viability of rural communities.”