Advertisement

Waste audits: Doing the dirty work of keeping Kelowna’s landfill from overflowing

Click to play video: 'Waste audits: Doing the dirty work of keeping Kelowna’s landfill from overflowing' Waste audits: Doing the dirty work of keeping Kelowna’s landfill from overflowing
Waste audits: Doing the dirty work of keeping Kelowna’s landfill from overflowing – Oct 5, 2020

In the parking lot behind an apartment building in south-central Kelowna, two men are dumpster diving.

But they’re not collecting cans for refunds, they are getting the dirt on data.

Garbage data that is — dirty data that will be used to perform a waste audit.

Read more: Environmental consulting company developed plan for Penticton waste pile removal

“We’re just separating the garbage,” Myles Hanna told Global News on Monday.

Click to play video: 'Central Okanagan residents once again being reminded to be mindful of what belongs and doesn’t belong in their recycling bin' Central Okanagan residents once again being reminded to be mindful of what belongs and doesn’t belong in their recycling bin
Central Okanagan residents once again being reminded to be mindful of what belongs and doesn’t belong in their recycling bin – Sep 18, 2017

Hanna and his co-worker, Jakub Policht, are employees of GreenStep Solutions Inc.

Story continues below advertisement

GreenStep does corporate sustainability consulting, helping clients to reduce their impact on the environment.

“There is a bunch of cardboard in here,” Hanna tells Policht from inside the large green garbage dumpster.

“Any glass?” asked Policht.

“Nope, no glass. Not yet.” replied Hanna.

Click to play video: 'Coronavirus: Growing concern over increase in curbside garbage, Okanagan landfill activity' Coronavirus: Growing concern over increase in curbside garbage, Okanagan landfill activity
Coronavirus: Growing concern over increase in curbside garbage, Okanagan landfill activity – Mar 25, 2020

GreenStep has been brought in by the Regional District of Central  Okanaganor RDCO to conduct waste audits at multi-family residential buildings.

Once Hanna and Policht sort out all the garbage and recycling, it’s weighed out.

“That way we can have a big picture of what the garbage is made up of,” Hanna explained.

All the data is then logged to be compiled into a audit report for the building’s management group.

Story continues below advertisement
Click to play video: 'Discarded needles a hazard for workers in recycling business' Discarded needles a hazard for workers in recycling business
Discarded needles a hazard for workers in recycling business – Apr 12, 2019

“It points out areas that can be improved in their waste diversion program,” said Nicole Huard a GreenStep project manager.

“We’re trying to improve recycling practices a multifamily residential properties.”

Read more: West Kelowna residents asked to be bear aware with waste

The waste audits are all part of a relatively new sustainability initiative facilitated by the RDCO.

“For anyone who is interested having their building audited, they can get their property manager to reach out to me directly and we can set up an audit for their building,” Huard said.

And the best part is participating in the program is completely free.

Story continues below advertisement

 

Sponsored content