KAMLOOPS, BC, Aug. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - The City of Kamloops will receive
$3.34 million from the federal Gas Tax Fund for a city-wide curbside recycling
The announcement was made today by Betty Hinton, MP for
Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, on behalf of the Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities. Kamloops MLA, the
Honourable Claude Richmond, Minister of Employment and Income Assistance;
Kamloops-North Thompson MLA, the Honourable Kevin Krueger, Minister of State
for Mining; Union of British Columbia Municipalities (UBCM) 1st Vice President
Susan Gimse; and Mayor Terry Lake also participated in today's celebration.
The funding will be used to purchase 23,500 residential recycling
containers and 12 split-body collection trucks. The trucks will permit the
simultaneous collection of solid waste and recyclables, and will lower
operating costs, reduce greenhouse emissions and significantly increase
"The environment is a clear priority for Canada's New Government," said
Minister Cannon. "This important investment will help meet environmental
infrastructure needs in Kamloops, while acting on our government's commitment
to provide Canadians with cleaner air and improved quality of life."
MP Hinton praised Kamloops for its decision to initiate a new recycling
program for the city's residents.
"Canada's New Government is working in partnership with the Province of
British Columbia and UBCM to provide funding that will help cities and
communities meet their infrastructure needs and improve their quality of
life," said MP Hinton.
"Kamloops is playing a vital role in helping protect the environment,"
said Minister Richmond. "It's excellent to see government partnerships provide
funds for communities that are working so hard to find green solutions for the
health and well-being of their citizens."
"This is a promising initiative for the residents of Kamloops,"
Minister Krueger. "Accessible recycling containers and a pick-up program will
encourage more people to pitch in to making this community a greener,
healthier place to live."
"While many of us are aware of the greenhouse gas output from automobile
emissions, the output from our solid waste management is often under
appreciated," said 1st Vice President Gimse. "UBCM appreciates the support of
the federal government through the Gas Tax Fund to support forward thinking
projects like Kamloops upgraded recycling program."
Kamloops residents currently recycle 2,000 tonnes annually through
neighbourhood collection depots. With the introduction of curbside pickup, the
amount recycled is expected to grow to 5,000 tonnes per year, extending the
lifecycle of the existing landfill by four years.
"The City of Kamloops is extremely pleased to receive $3.34 million
contribution towards the start-up of our comprehensive residential recycling
curbside collection program," said Mayor Terry Lake. "We expect the
convenience of the program will increase the amount of household recyclables
collected by 150%, resulting in huge environmental benefits at a reasonable
cost for our residents."
It is anticipated that curbside collection will commence in late 2007,
pending the delivery of the trucks.
Canada's New Government is providing $635.6 million to British Columbia
from 2005 to 2010 through the Gas Tax Agreement. As part of its $33 billion
"Building Canada" plan, the Government of Canada extended the Gas Tax Fund by
an additional $2 billion per year nationally, from 2010 to 2014. Gas Tax
funding is available to local governments for environmentally sustainable
projects that lead to the reduction of greenhouse gas, cleaner air or cleaner
water. The Gas Tax Agreement is administered in British Columbia by the Union
of BC Municipalities.
Please visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca or www.civicnet.bc.ca for
background information on the Canada - BC - UBCM Gas Tax Agreement.
For further information:
For further information: Natalie Sarafian, Press Secretary to the
Honourable Lawrence Cannon, (613) 991-0700; Marc Black, Communications
Manager, Ministry of Community Services, (250) 356-6334; Paul Taylor,
Relationships and Communications Advisor, Union of BC Municipalities, (250)
356-2938; Jeff Putnam, CEO, Venture Kamloops, (250) 828-6818; Infrastructure
Canada, (613) 948-1148