Mackenzie Lands Grant to End Landfill
Mackenzie, B.C. -The Regional District of Fraser-Fort George is receiving a grant of $1,534,666 from the New Building Canada – Small Communities Fund to assist with solid-waste management and the construction of a full service transfer station at the Mackenzie Regional landfill.
Mackenzie Mayor, Pat Crook says replacing the Mackenzie landfill has been on the agenda for more than two decades “It’s been a budget item each time, but it hasn’t had the funding, so this is a one third, one third one third grant, so it looks like Petra ( Wildauer of Regional District’s Waste Management team) has her money now and she can move forward with the project.”
With this funding, the Regional District will be able to go ahead with plans for the construction of a full service transfer station at the Mackenzie Regional landfill. “It will provide us with one location for residents to allow for improved recycling and waste disposal” says Mayor Pat Crook. He says it will also provide the opportunity to not only divert materials more conveniently, but also to have the Regional district meet its waste diversion goals.”
The Regional District has been closing small rural landfills since 1997, “This is just one more in the move to have a single landfill in Prince George” says Crook who adds, the new transfer station will be coordinated to ensure needs of the local garbage collection services and the community’s desire for more convenient disposal and recycling.
Mayor Crook says the application for the funding was submitted two years ago “At that time the project was valued at just over $2.3 million dollars, two thirds of which comes from the grant . The project budget and timeline will be updated in the near future.”
It is expected the project will be completed in the fall of 2018.