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Raising Waste Management Fees, A Road into Rainbow Ridge and a 5 Year Contract For The Cortes Fire department

At their May 22 Board meeting, the Strathcona Regional Distrct (SRD) passed 3 important monetary decisions for Cortes Island.

Firstly, the SRD will be increasing the annual fee for waste collection by $10 a year. This will be paid through our property taxes.

Regional Director Mark Vonesch explained, “we’re basically being forced to do this because Recycling BC changed their support for the solid waste collection fees so that we’re having to make up that loss through increasing our fees, which we’re going to be doing over the next couple of years.”

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New waste management centre boss eyes busy summer season with concern

By Greg Osoba, CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

The Cortes Island Waste Management Centre is preparing for a busy summer and the organization’s new manager is worried about capacity.

Waste Management Centre manager Aaron McCulloch-Gary—who has been at the helm since the start of 2023 after taking over from long serving manager Brian Pfeifle—says everything is running smoothly at the moment, but he has serious concerns about the upcoming summer season, when the Cortes Island population triples beyond its 1,000 year-round residents.

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An informal depot on Cortes Island is moving to become a “Re-Store”

By Greg Osoba, CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

For several years Billie Fleming has been collecting and dealing with waste from Cortes Island residences and government docks. She’s passionate about reducing the amount of garbage destined for landfill.

Fleming’s vision is to create a so-called “Re-Store” a place where items can be repaired, brought back to life and resold. She also sees the idea as a way to reduce consumption of brand new items, by giving new life to partially used objects already bought, but then dumped.

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Boat garbage removal service at local government dock ending

By Greg Osoba, CKTZ News, through an LJI grant from Canada-info.ca

A garbage removal service at a Cortes Island dock is being suspended after this summer season due to boaters failing to follow conditions, rising costs and more.

It’s been challenging for the Harbour Authority of Cortes Island to keep up with waste removal from the five government docks it operates, manager Jenny Hartwick told CKTZ earlier this summer.

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Changes to Cortes Island’s curbside garbage pick-up

Changes are coming to curbside garbage pick-up on Cortes Island. 

The charge to the island’s 692 units will be rising 50 cents from $97.75, currently, to $99.25 as of April 1, 2025.

There are also some changes to the contract.

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