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“FVRD municipalities with residential diversion programs are achieving strong progress on waste reduction because of the choices people are making at home to sort recyclables and organics,” says FVRD Board Director Jason Lum, councillor with the City of Chilliwack.

“The next logical step is to build on this success and provide practical diversion options so we can also make better choices where we work, worship, study, shop and play.” Lum says BOMA members are instrumental to making this possible in our region’s industrial, commercial and institutional buildings.

Lum was appointed by the FVRD Board of Directors to lead community discussions and report back on input received regarding the phased-in implementation of the sorting requirements for recyclables and organics.

He presented three options the FVRD is considering and invited guests to provide comments. Those who couldn’t make the event can get information and send feedback through a quick online survey (link posted at fvrd.ca/wastewise). “Don’t keep this opportunity for input a secret,” added Lum, “tell people you know about it so we have a good representation of your industry in the feedback we receive.”

The proposed new sorting requirements would apply to the entire region and across all sectors. Existing programs and services for recycling and organics wouldnot be affected, but changes could be expected where there is no diversion activity.

This initiative is a part of the regional Solid Waste Management Plan approved by the Province in late 2016.

Along with Director Lum, presenters included Lori Bryan, Executive Director for the Waste Management Association of BC, and Stacey Barker, FVRD Environmental Services Manager. The session was moderated by Steve Burr of Cascades Recovery Inc.

Thanks to all who participated. Questions or interested in next steps? Please email info@fvrd.ca.