City plans for taller landfill

An open house was held as the city plans to increase the slopes on the Northern side of the landfill in order to build a taller landfill.

City plans for taller landfill

An open house at Glenmore Landfill was well attended this week.

According to City of Kelowna utility planning manager Andrew Reeder, more than 80 people attended the open house on Tuesday evening at the landfill.

The open house was held as the city plans to increase the slopes on the Northern side of the landfill in order to build a taller landfill.

“It’s going to add 25 years of life in the future,” he said.

Increasing the slopes will save money in the long run, Reeder estimates a billion dollars in savings over the life of the landfill.

“If we want to realize that possibility in the future, we have to build it now,” he said.

Raising the sides doesn’t add extra costs, “it’s a function on how we build it,” said Reeder.

“If anything it should help reduce costs.”

The Glenmore Landfill currently takes wastes from the region, including Lake Country, Big White, the Regional District of the Central Okanagan and West Kelowna.

Reeder thinks the slopes will be increased in about a year after the plan goes to city council and the B.C. government for approval.