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November 22, 2016 - 9:55 AM

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is asking residents, property owners and businesses at Apex Mountain Resort to comment on options for the development of a waste transfer station. An online survey has been set up and two public open houses are scheduled for early December.

In 2010 the RDOS consulted with property owners on whether or not to construct a waste transfer station for garbage and recycling. A majority of respondents were in favour of moving forward. In 2016 the RDOS and Apex Mountain Resort agreed on a location for the waste transfer station and entered into a sublease agreement for the site.

Now the RDOS is asking for input on two different design options. The Option1 involves constructing a building to enclose separate compactor bins for garbage and recycling. Option 2 is a concrete pad with the two compactor bins with no building. Both options use bear proof bins. A key goal will be to keep the site clean.

Candace Pilling, RDOS Engineering Technologist, thinks either option will provide an important upgrade to the current system.

“We often get calls about the current waste bins,” explains Pilling. “Illegal dumpers drop waste around these bins making a huge mess and attracting unwanted animals including bears.”

According to Pilling, the current waste bins are not open to the public. They are only for the use of Apex Mountain Resort and a few property owners that pay for the system. The new RDOS Waste Transfer Station will provide service for all businesses and residents at the resort.

“With businesses and residents working together we can upgrade the waste bins and provide a better system for everyone.”

An open house will be held on Monday December 5th, 2016 from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at Apex Mountain in the Longshot Day Lodge beside the cafeteria. On Tuesday December 6th, 2016 an open house will be held at the RDOS office at 101 Martin Street from 6 pm to 9 pm with a presentation at 7.

Details of the project, renderings and the Online Survey are available through the RDOS website. Click on ‘Apex Transfer Station Survey’ on the right hand side.

For further information please contact the Regional District Solid Waste group, by email, or by phone at 250-490-4129.

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