Garbage, recycling plan for rural areas surrounding Terrace could be approved tonight

But the plan is controversial and some rural residents are opposed

Garbage collection and recycling pick up planned by the Kitimat-Stikine regional district in the rural areas surrounding Terrace isn’t set in stone, even though there’s a start date.

But it could be official as of tonight’s regional district board meeting being held at the regional district’s Terrace offices.

“The collection program is not approved at this point in time. It’s on the agenda for the board,” said Roger Tooms, regional district works and services manager.

A bylaw to establish the service has been read for all three of the required readings and adoption of it is planned for the meeting, he added.

The regional district plan is to start the service as of Oct. 6 and notices have been sent to rural residents.

It would then charge $200 a year for the service which would see weekly garbage pickup as well as the pickup of recyclables every two weeks.

The recyclable material would then be trucked to a depot in Prince Rupert operated by the Skeena – Queen Charlotte Regional District.

Up until now, residents have either hired private collectors or have taken their garbage to an available landfill.

The plan hasn’t been widely accepted by some residents who are expected to voice their opposition at tonight’s board meeting.

One regional district director, Doug McLeod, who represented the area north of Terrace and down to the Lakelse Lake area, resigned the end of August, citing dissatisfaction with the lack of say residents have had in the plan and in other regional district dealings.