Kamloops joins TNRD in bid to have Recycle BC take more items

Kamloops council will send a resolution to the Union of BC Municipalities convention this fall, with the aim of convincing Recycle BC to expand to allow institutional, commercial and industrial recycling.

Coun. Kathy Sinclair made the motion on Tuesday, following news Recycle BC would not allow municipalities to add on the service. Recycle BC has arrangements with a small number of depots in the province, but as of May 2019 stopped allowing municipalities to opt in to the program.

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The Thompson-Nicola Regional District board passed a similar motion last week, which Sinclair said is complementary in terms of lobbying the province.

“To me, it keeps the heat on at the political level,” she said.

Council voted unanimously to pass the motion. Council is also requesting meetings at the convention this fall with numerous ministers on a wide sweeping number of local issues, including:

  • Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, on the use of city jails and the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre, in addition to a sobering centre;
  • Attorney General David Eby, on the BCLC headquarters replacement, CFO position to be posted in Kamloops and vacant land northwest of BCLC for future use and beautification;
  • Minister of Finance Carole James, on cannabis revenue sharing;
  • Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, on negotiation of the Stuart Wood title;
  • Minister of Education Rob Fleming, on potential school sites and growth;
  • Minister of Jobs, Trade and technology Bruce Ralston, on the tri-city, tri-university partnership between Thompson Rivers University, the University of Northern British Columbia and University of British Columbia Okanagan.

The Union of BC Municipalities Convention will be held in Vancouver in September.

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