The city is looking to expand the Kamloops Resource Recovery Centre to accept asbestos-containing waste.
City of Kamloops environmental services manager Glen Farrow said the development community currently takes the materials to the Mission Flats landfill, but the area is expected to reach capacity with a year or 18 months.
Farrow said the Kamloops Resource Recovery Centre — the former Owl Road dump the city purchased from Daniel Ambrosi for $10 million in 2016 — makes the most sense because it has enough space to receive asbestos-containing waste for 10 to 15 years and could be developed at a cost of about $100,000.
An alternative expansion of Mission Flats, on the northern slope of the landfill property, would provide a short-term solution of five to eight years, due to space restrictions. It would also cost more to establish vehicular and equipment access, estimated at between $150,000 to $200,000.
“Operationally, it’s the right thing to do,” Farrow told KTW.
Kamloops city councillors, however, have taken note of the nearby residential neighbourhoods of Valleyview and Juniper.
Coun. Dale Bass said residents are already frustrated about dust and the routing of trucks on Vicars Road and wondered why residents were not notified during recent neighbourhood meetings.
Coun. Bill Sarai noted issues with the landfill’s previous owner.
“It’s going to be a tough sell back to that neighbourhood, from what they endured for however many years,” Sarai said.
However, Farrow wants to quell potential concerns from residents.
“Contained, controlled, bagged, buried immediately,” he told KTW, noting employees handling the materials — from abatement, hauling and landfilling — are regulated by WorkSafeBC.
“All those practices we’re currently doing out at Mission Flats would be duplicated at KRRC with confident operators and solid-waste professionals handling that appropriately.”
He does not expect any changes to take affect this year. The city is in the process of obtaining a new operational certificate for the landfill through the province and discussions about hazardous materials at the recovery centre will continue during that time. The province will have a 30-day comment period, during which time residents can provide input.
“We’re expecting some time in the coming months,” Farrow said.
When the city purchased the Owl Road dump three years ago, its elevation was 463 metres. It is now 465 metres and will peak at 468 metres, according to the city.
Asbestos-containing waste location options
Mission Flats Landfill North Slope: Capital Investment of $150,000 to $200,000; No existing road access; conflict with landfill operations; minimal exposure to other customers; lifespan of five to eight years.
Kamloops Resource Recovery Centre: Capital investment of $100,000l; existing road access; no conflict with landfill operations; minimal exposure to other customers; lifespan of 10 to 15 years.