N. Cowichan to review MMBC in 2015

Coun. John Koury got his North Cowichan colleagues to agree that a review of its service agreement with MMBC in July 2015 would be a good idea.

The idea came up in discussion at a recent council meeting and Coun. Al Siebring asked, "Do we want to revisit it or have staff review it?

Koury said that in making such a motion, he had deliberately "left it pretty vague" but the idea was to look at how the service is performing by the summer of next year.

"What’s happening to the stuff that’s no longer eligible to be picked up?" he questioned.

"I want to get a sense of where the plastic is going. I have no problems with all the benefits of the good things that are happening with the MMBC agreement," he said.

"The one significant thing is the plastic bags," said John MacKay, director of engineering for North Cowichan. "They are not a significant weight issue."

"That is a very small change for us but there are some real advantages to the new system, too," said Mayor Jon Lefebure.

Siebring said he wasn’t thinking of the weight issue when it came to plastic bags either.

"If Coun. Koury is looking for a review in 2015 are we tracking how it’s working out to see if the plastic bags are ending up in the garbage?" McKay replied, "weight is the only way we can track except for the odd visual inspection."

Coun. Ruth Hartmann said there should be some way to encourage people to use alternative containers.

"We all need to stop using plastic bags at all," she said.

"I supported the MMBC idea to add value by marketing our waste," Koury said. "My concern is plastic bags will end up in black bags. I just want to make sure we’re evaluating this."

Council agreed to take another look at the program next summer.

Just Posted

Shawnigan Hills parkrun report for Nov. 30

Seven personal bests set in chilly conditions

VIDEO: Celebrate magic of the holidays as Winter Harp returns to Cowichan Sunday

Wonderful Winter Harp is back at the Cowichan Performing Arts Centre on… Continue reading

VIMC will not proceed with controversial construction plans; going to legal action

North Cowichan says Monday’s public hearing will go ahead anyway

Duncan Christmas Kick-Off a hit

The City of Duncan lit up for the season with their annual… Continue reading

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Island family’s Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

B.C. pharmaceutical company’s stocks double in value after successful lupus drug trial

More than 40 per cent of patients using voclosporin saw improvements in kidney function

Second warning on romaine lettuce from California region as another E. coli case reported

Two cases of E. coli have been reported in relation to the illness in the U.S.

B.C. Transit finds 28 used fareboxes online, saves $300,000

‘Someone joked maybe we can buy used fareboxes on eBay,’ CEO says

Many of Canada’s working poor can’t afford lawyers, don’t qualify for legal aid

One lawyer says many people earn too much to qualify for legal aid, but not enough to really live on

Economy lost 71,200 jobs in November, unemployment rate climbs to 5.9%

Jobless rate is at its highest since August 2018, when it hit 6%

BC Hydro reservoirs see record low rain across Vancouver Island

Hydro electric watersheds are at a third of their normal levels

Most Read