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City of Kamloops - Curbside Organic Waste Collection

BCSEA - Kamloops Chapter
Thursday, January 21, 2021

City of Kamloops

Kamloops City Council decided in November to pursue a curbside organic waste collection program in a phased approach, pending approval of grants.  We here at BCSEA were happy to help out recently with a letter supporting one of the City’s funding applications. Good luck with that!  We know how many Kamloops residents are eager to have a curbside organics program.

 

January 21, 2021 

Dear: Grant Adjudicators 

Re: CleanBC’s Organic Infrastructure and Collection Program, Residential Curbside  Collection Stream 

The BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) and its members are pleased to support the City  of Kamloops’s application for funding to develop and implement a curbside residential organic waste  (CROW) program. 

BCSEA is a volunteer-based charity offering education and public outreach to accelerate the province’s transition to a lower-carbon economy. Because energy, usually from fossil fuels, contributes to almost everything we use and dispose of, waste reduction means less waste energy and  is part of the repertoire of climate solutions that we promote. 

A CROW program has tremendous support in Kamloops. The City of Kamloops conducted public  engagement on its draft Community Climate Action Plan in October 2020. Of all the policy options  presented, survey results from 532 respondents showed the highest levels of support for Waste  Diversion (94%) and Local Organics Collection and Processing (93%). The Zero Waste Kamloops  Facebook group has 2200 members (in our community of 95,000) and lively discussion on multiple  posts each day. 

From our organization’s perspective, we’re pleased at the GHG reductions that a CROW program  can achieve, estimated by staff at 2800 tonnes per year. We also welcome a CROW program because  it will be a step forward for many residents along the pathway of education and support for climate  action behaviours. Research shows that once people begin to self-identity as climate champions, they  are more likely to support stronger climate action on every 

level. 

Our Kamloops Chapter has promoted waste reduction opportunities in the past and will be happy to  do the same for the proposed CROW program, as will allied organizations. We have 1800 social  media followers and subscribers in the Kamloops region. 

We hope the project will gain needed funding so it can proceed. Feel free to contact either of us with  questions. 

Regards, 

British Columbia Sustainable Energy Association

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