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REPORTING · 12th October 2010
Walter McFarlane
The second presentation at Kitimat City Council on Monday, October 4th was by Debby Rajala who wished to address Council on the garbage which is produced around Kitimat with a suggestion on how to reduce it.

She explained she had first started thinking about this when she was going through objects which students at the high school had left in their lockers at the end of the school year. She was appalled by the brand new binders and clothing which had been left behind.

She then started to notice items which were found in the dump and items which were on the side of the road awaiting garbage pick up.

She presented Council with an idea from Castlegar. “Castlegar and area have once a year, a trash to treasure day where people can put their unused, unwanted but good items out on their grass and, like a garage sale, people can drive around and take what they would like. At the end of the day, you bring in your stuff and send whatever’s left over to the dump,” said Rajala.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff said he had been to the dump and was amazed by the amount of trash. He asked if she thought this day would make a difference and added that people have to make an effort but are not.

Rajala said people would rather not make the trip to the dump and if this event was advertised enough, people would use it. She pointed out it would not take much effort to put things out on the lawn and take them back in at the end of the day. It was a huge success in Castlegar.

Councillor Rob Goffinet said it was an excellent idea. He wanted to know when this was done. Rajala replied it was part of an entire week of waste reduction, awareness and advertising.

Under communications, Feldhoff made a motion to forward her idea to the Engineering Department as well as KUTE for a joint analysis on this proposal. “I would definitely welcome the input and comments from both the Engineering staff and those at KUTE to give a better sense as to whether this is do-able,” said Feldhoff. The motion was carried.

Feldhoff also gave notice of motion to have staff bring back a report on wood burning at the landfill.