The Powell River Regional District is receiving federal funding to construct a state-of-the-art Resource Recovery Centre. This new facility will divert numerous waste products from the solid waste stream and help the Regional District move closer to achieving its goal of “zero waste”. This project will greatly contribute to the region’s sustainability by up-cycling, re-cycling and re-purposing expended materials as well as reducing greenhouse gases created through the current transportation of waste abroad.
This project will involve the closure and remediation of a former waste incinerator site located on Marine Avenue. A Resource Recovery Centre and amenities will be constructed on top of the rehabilitated brownfield site providing economic and environmental opportunities for residents in the region to maximize solid waste diversion away from landfills.
The Government of Canada is contributing $6,000,000 to this project through the federal Gas Tax Fund while Powell River Regional District is contributing $2,824,000 to provide the balance of the total costs.
This project is one of seven announced today that are being funded through the Strategic Priorities Fund under the federal Gas Tax Fund for 2016.
Each year, the Government of Canada provides close to $266 million in indexed funding for local government infrastructure projects across British Columbia through the federal Gas Tax Fund. The funding can be spent on any eligible project the community prioritizes across a broad range of eligible project categories, or it can be pooled with other communities for regional projects, banked for later priorities or used to pay for financed projects.
“Through the federal Gas Tax Fund, the Government of Canada is allowing communities in British Columbia, and across Canada, to prioritize their infrastructure investments and decide how best to spend federal dollars,” said Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi. “Whether it’s about protecting local waters, modernizing community centres or just turning on the tap to drink clean fresh water, these seven community projects will contribute to building the strong, inclusive and sustainable communities Canadians desire to live in.”
The Union of BC Municipalities administers the Federal Gas Tax Fund in British Columbia in partnership with the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia.