The regional district board of directors has agreed to amend its Solid Waste Management Plan to include the 42-hectare Extension to the Cache Creek Landfill. If the amendment is approved by the provincial government, the Extension will be able to accept waste from anywhere within the TNRD.
The motion was made at the TNRD’s Nov. 10 board meeting. Director John Ranta said there was an overwhelming response around the board table for including the Extension in the Solid Waste Management Plan.
The Extension was approved by the BC Environmental Assessment Office in January 2010. It was hoped at the time that the new capacity would encourage Metro Vancouver to continue using the Cache Creek Landfill.
Coun. Jim Loucks wondered at last week’s Council meeting how the TNRD’s plans fit in with Cache Creek’s contract.
Mayor Ranta said the Extension was initiated by Wastech and the Village of Cache Creek and is outside of the agreement between Metro Vancouver, Wastech and the Village of Cache Creek. The three parties have an agreement that governs the Cache Creek Landfill and the seven-hectare Annex until 2016.
The challenge of that agreement, said Ranta, is that other municipalities wanting to use the Cache Creek Landfill had to get approval from Metro Vancouver, as well as from Cache Creek and Wastech, and MV would turn down the requests if they feared running out of capacity for their own garbage.