Multi Materials BC (MMBC) came up again at the Special Meeting of Council on Monday, September 9th. Councillor Rob Goffinet told Council he was in Conflict of Interest and left the room.
Last Month, Council met with several organizations and businesses responsible for dealing with both refuse collection and recycling and they advised Council the MMBC deal would not be worth the money. Read more about it by clicking here.
Councillor Corinne Scott made a motion to authorise staff to communicate to MMBC that the District of Kitimat is declining the financial incentives for curbside collection of packaging and printed paper. They are requesting MMBC to issue a request for proposals for a private contractor to provide curbside recycling and to locate a depot in Kitimat. Scott explained the history of the project.
“Looking at all of information we have received with regards to this program, I don’t feel that the BC government is restricting in a lot of ways, the recycling. It is not as revenue beneficial as it could be and I really do feel that we can do a much better job internally, recycling and applying for grants or having them help us get grants and a larger depot for our K.U.T.E. We want to be doing the recycling; I think it’s very important. But under the proposed plan from Multi Material BC, it’s just not worth it. I think we can do a much better job on our own,” said Scott.
She said Smithers and other towns were turning it down.
Councillor Mary Murphy added Terrace has accepted this program. She said the Council has discussed this and seen presentations. She agreed with the motion.
Councillor Mario Feldhoff stated there were problems with the proposal. He stated the City of Prince George has identified $2,000,000 a year in penalties for not being able to meet the cleanliness requested.
He pointed out that MMBC is not accepting counter proposals and the part of the motion concerning locating a depot in Kitimat is a counter proposal. Feldhoff stated they should look for grants to augment the depot but for now, they are letting MMBC know the District will not be taking their financial incentives on and they should move on to Plan B, looking for someone else to provide the service.
Deputy CAO Warren Waycheshen explained they want to highlight the projects and the recycling which is going to happen. They want the pick-up to be done by a contractor and they should have a post collection depot in Kitimat.
“I think at some point in the coming months, it would be helpful for the staff to come forward with another motion that fleshes out the Depot aspects a bit and make a counter proposal to MMBC at that time,” said Feldhoff. “I’ve got a funny feeling that we’ll be talking about Depots somewhere down the line.”
Councillor Phil Germuth stated this was a Province Wide initiative and wanted to know if it was coming up at the Union of BC Municipalities which is coming up. He was told there are sessions which are going to take place but it would most likely be a panel or discussion.
The motion was called and carried.