FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast Regional Landfill has recently seen the construction on a number of upgrades, completed.
One of the main reasons for the upgrades, which includes a new entrance, is to regulate traffic and have lineups reduced considerably as the site was notorious for significant traffic back-ups.
“We wanted to take the traffic off the main highway,” said General Manager of Environmental Services Paulo Eichelberger. “That just made sense to run everything along the inside and now we can do that on a two-way scale station. Out of our landfill sites and transfer stations, it’s the busiest site we have. It ranges from 150-300 customers per day.”
The landfill will now use a system that is more customer friendly, not only in regards to eliminating wait times but also providing more waste drop off options such as wood, tires, metal and residential garbage as well as a new double scale system for inbound and outbound traffic.
“We wanted to build a new two-way transfer scale,” added Eichelberger. “We wanted to provide some more waste diversion options for folks. We would be able to start work on composting with the first part of that being wood waste and yard waste. At some point in the future, we would look at weeding in organics.”
The project came in under budget of $4.86 million just shy of the $5 million put aside for the upgrades.
According to Eichelberger additional upgrades will continue in the coming years including making the current attendance building and scale station part of the landfilling plan. He adds the area has gone through a soft opening so far and will be operational in the coming weeks.