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REPORTING · 21st March 2014
Walter McFarlane
Ken Maitland and Barb Hall from KUTE got up to inform Council of an event which they want to hold in Kitimat, so people can safely dispose of the waste from their garage.

“It’s come to our attention that Kitimat hasn’t had a Hazardous Waste Round Up for a long period of time and we deal with a lot of stuff down at the Centre. With a few things happening in the community, we were thinking it might be time, and, with some other things going on, now is a good time to do something,” said Maitland.

He told Council the Hazardous waste is used oil, antifreeze, gas, batteries from vehicles, pesticides, solvents, fertilizers, moss killers, paint thinners and much more which are found shoved into the back corners of the garage or storage rooms and are left. Most of it is damaging to the environment and is usually just sent to the landfill.

Maitland explained Rio Tinto Alcan is bringing Newalta are doing a hazardous waste round up for the plant. Newalta travel around the province doing round ups, Terrace is looking into it as well and the Regional District is looking to do one in Hazelton and Thornhill.

He suggested inviting the local BC Extended Producer Responsibility Program Agents, such as KUTE to the events and getting the other industries which are looking at Kitimat to help out.

Maitland asked the Council to host. Mayor Joanne Monaghan asked what it would entail. Maitland explained Newalta would set up an area within the town with tents and receiving tables. The materials will be categorized, collected and sealed into drums so they can be taken off site. KUTE will deal with paint and small batteries. It will start at 10 am and run until 6 pm or 8 pm. He pointed out if they are working with the region, not everyone is going to get the weekend.

Hall stated people should drop by the KUTE tent first because they do not want people to pay Newalta to dispose of things which they already get rid of. It would keep the costs down.

“It’s an absolute necessity within the community to have this at least once every 2-3 years because that’s how long things will accumulate in people’s garages,” said Councillor Corinne Scott. She suggested using the parking lot at the court house because there is a lot of room.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff suggested working with other communities to keep the costs down. Councillor Edwin Empinado wanted to know when they could do this. Maitland said the earliest they could do it was late May. However, there was a lot of work which needed to be done and the Multi Materials BC comes on stream between now and then and it could potentially add further confusion to the issue.

Later in the meeting, Feldhoff made a motion to host a Residential Hazardous Waste Event in conjunction with partners from other communities. It was called and carried.