PIXABAY PHOTO RDMW to recosnider 7 Mile landfill Sunday hours for the month of September.

7 Mile Landfill Sundays not profitable

RDMW to reconsider September Sunday hours

The 7 Mile Landfill and Recycling Centre’s (7MLRC) new summer Sunday hours have proven to be unprofitable for the Regional District.

Operations Manager Patrick Donaghy delivered a special report to the board at the Regional District of Mount Waddington Board of Directors meeting on Oct. 17, regarding Sunday attendance.

“Comparison statistics showed a 45 per cent overall increase in weekend visits,” said Donaghy, adding there was an average of 12 extra visits recorded on the 2017 weekends. “It seemed to be that for every two visitors we had on Saturday we’d get one visitor on Sunday.”

Revenue wise, weekend tipping fees increased by $2,797 for the four months the public had access to the landfill on Sundays, meaning the 7MLRC gained approximately $165 each week.

Donaghy also noted the extra cost for funding 7MLRC on Sundays with an Acting Supervisor, Labourer, and a Scale Shack Attendant, was $9,982, which is a difference of $7,185.

The report stated public uptake of the opportunity to access the landfill on Sundays was relatively strong initially, but then trailed off over a period of time to just over 50 per cent of what was encountered at the start of the initiative.

“I should clarify one thing,” said Donaghy. “We were assessing attendance based on weigh tickets generated so actually there were probably more people if they were just dropping off recycling or garden waste, where there is no fee attached to it.”

He also cited the benefits of having greater accessibility to the landfill. “We really do want to try and propose incentives for people to properly dispose of yard waste – a cute flower in your garden can at times be a problem out in the bush.”

Donaghy recommended to the board if they wish to repeat the effort, then they may want to consider limiting Sunday openings to June, July, and August, given the experienced drop off visits witnessed in September.

Port Alice Mayor Jan Allen expressed regret that a board representative from Port McNeill did not attend the Regional District meeting. “As far as I’m concerned, they were the big push to have it opened on Sundays,” she said.

Allen then introduced a motion to table the discussion until Port McNeill could be represented at the next month’s meeting, which was passed by the board.

Just Posted

10 tonnes of plastic cleared from North Coast beaches

Living Oceans Society spent three days sorting the marine debris

Court orders protestors to leave fish farm site

“The adjournment allows us to compile our evidence and present it in 30 days.”

NISS Students find out what journalism is all about

Four students visit the Gazette for a work experience

Disability Tax Credits in jeopardy for Type 1 diabetics

“It’s something I deal with every day of my life.”

Port Hardy Residents still waiting for Telus Fibre Optic

Mansourati was unable to say who Telus would be contracting to finish the ninth fibre serving area.

100,000 bulbs shine bright for Lights of Hope

St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver launched its annual campaign to raise funds for equipment, research

‘I will now live in consistent fear’: Allan Schoenborn granted escorted leaves

The Merritt man was deemed not criminally responsible in the killing of his three children in 2008

Hammy the deer dodges conservation officers in Prince Rupert

The famous Prince Rupert hammock deer maintains his purple threads

‘No shirt, no service, no Canada’

Shirtless Tacoma man arrested after Canadian border officials say they found meth in rental vehicle

Nasty note on B.C. windshield sparks online outrage

Vernon’s Bailey McDonald is using a painful experience to start conversation about invisible illness

Port Alberni resident robbed with weapon, thieves steal thousands

Most of the stolen currency is in Canadian $100 bills. The police investigation is ongoing.

Single vehicle crash on Old Island Highway sends driver to hospital

A single-vehicle crash just north of Courtenay early Friday morning sent one… Continue reading

Federal funding to combat guns, gangs and opioid crisis

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said illicit drugs are often main cause of guns, gangs violence

INTERACTIVE MAP: Follow the 2017 Tour de Rock

Follow the Tour de Rock, as they pedal more than 1,000 kilometres fundraising to combat paediatric cancer

Most Read