Houston to get new recycle depot, waste site

RDBN has decided to build a recycling depot and waste transfer station in Houston.

The board of directors of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako (RDBN) has supported a bid to build a recycling depot and waste transfer station in Houston.

The proposal was discussed in the RDBN’s meeting on March 7 and will see the construction of the facilities at the old Houston Landfill site on Mountain View Drive, just south of the village.

The depot decision follows an unsuccessful attempt to convince the Houston Bottle Depot to sign a contract with Recycle BC.

READ MORE: RDBN considers plan to cut $40,000 subsidy to recycle depots

The new recycling centre would have a five-year contract with Recycle BC, according to an RDBN memorandum.

The Mountain View Drive site was chosen over the alternatives of the Knockholt Landfill site and a vacant parcel in an industrial zone because of its added space.

“We’re going to have a good piece of road going in there because eventually we’ll have to build storage pads for metal, because metal will be part of recycling. It’s going to be quite a big site. There’ll be lots of snow removal and roadworks,” Rory McKenzie, director of environmental services explained to the board.

Phase 1 of the depot construction is estimated to cost $95,000, which would be funded with gas tax revenue. In addition, a loader and attachments would cost $110,000, with funding coming from 2019 capital dollars. Phase 2 site completion would cost $30,000 to $50,000.

Alongside the depot would be a new waste transfer station, which an RDBN document said is what most of the public wants.

“It will provide Houston Rural and the Town of Houston close to having the ‘One stop shop’ (except deposit beverage containers – Houston Bottle Depot).”

McKenzie said it’s a more efficient solution, “The advantages of having one transfer station there is everyone takes their garbage and recycling there. You’re going to get a lot more people buying into recycling…They’ll drop off their recycling products and whatever is left will go in the transfer station.”

It could also lower the operation costs of the Knockholt landfill because it wouldn’t have to operate seven days a week.

“We could take the landfill down to five days a week, we could use one less full time employee. We’d be able to lower costs at the Houston landfill operating it and operate a transfer station instead so the economic scales are there for employees. And the convenience of [the public] being able to use a transfer station that’s close to their town is a big plus,” he said.

The new station would have three 50-yard self-contained bear proof transfer bins set on a concrete foundation with a retaining wall.

Construction cost for the station would be $650,000, which could come out of the Northern Capital and Planning grant for the RDBN, said Jason Llewellyn, Director of Planning.

The funding could otherwise be sourced through borrowing from reserves.

Blair McBride
Multimedia reporter
Send Blair an email
Like Lakes District News on Facebook

Just Posted

Petition calls for appeal of Luke Strimbold’s sentence for sex assault

Prosecution service says the former Burns Lake mayor’s case is under review

Northwest B.C. wildlife shelter rescues particularly tiny bear cub

Shelter co-founder says the cub weighs less than a third of what it should at this time of year

Former Burns Lake mayor gets two years for sexual assaults against minors

Banned from taking work involving young people for five years

Prince Rupert man who killed foster parents in 2017 receives three-year sentence

A Prince Rupert man convicted in the deaths of his foster parents… Continue reading

Houston looking festive

Many Houston residents have gone all out and decorated their homes. (Angelique… Continue reading

VIDEO: Federal Liberals’ throne speech welcomes opposition’s ideas

Trudeau will need NDP or Bloc support to pass legislation and survive confidence votes

VIDEO: John Lennon’s iconic Rolls Royce rolls into Vancouver Island college for checkup

Royal BC Museum, Camosun College and Coachwerks Restorations come together to care for car

VIDEO: Rockslide closes part of Highway 93 in Fairmont Hot Springs

Geotechnical team called in to do an assessment after rocks fell from hoodoos

BC firefighters to help battle Australian bushfires

Canada sent 22 people, including 7 from B.C.

B.C. NDP touts the end of MSP premiums

Horgan, James held news conference to reiterate that people will get their last bill this month

Illicit drug deaths down, but B.C. coroner says thousands still overdose

Chief coroner Life Lapointe says province’s drug supply remains unpredictable

Trustees ask for more help after tearful meeting on B.C. school’s ‘toxic’ stench

Enforcement has ‘no teeth,’ school trustee says, while kids become sick

One of B.C’s last surviving strip clubs baring all again for Christmas charity

25th annual event is Sunday and raises money for the Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows Christmas Hamper Society.

University of Victoria researchers develop industry-changing ‘hyper-glue’

‘Cross-linking’ technology already playing a role in performance body armour

Most Read