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Relocating transfer station

The City of West Kelowna will ask the regional district for some guidance in finding a new home for its regional transfer station.

The transfer station, which accepts standard household garbage, some recyclables and select yard waste, is located at the site of the former city dump on Asquith Road, surrounded by several residential neighbourhoods.

At last week's council meeting, Coun. Rick deJong put forth a notice of motion concerning moving the transfer station away from its current location.

The motion, requesting the Regional District of Central Okanagan to undertake a business case to investigate moving the transfer station to the industrial area of West Kelowna, was tabled Tuesday evening.

It was supported unanimously.

"It would be my hope the regional district would look at this," said deJong.

Everything at the transfer station is eventually trucked to the City of Kelowna, and deJong says moving the facility to the industrial area could afford the city the opportunity for limited process of glass or bottles, potentially reducing the cost of transporting.

Coun. Duane Ophus was more straightforward in his desire for a "better, and more convenient location."

"We made a commitment to move this transfer station out of a residential neighbourhood at the earliest date possible," he said.

"It's been years and year and years. We need to get on with it. The study should be on how we accomplish relocation of the transfer station to the industrial area or a better location."

He said a better location needs to be found as soon as possible.

Coun. Rosalind Neis suggested the gravel pit on Westlake Road, however, Mayor Doug Findlater reminded council the City of Kelowna, which uses the gravel pit, pays West Kelowna about $70,000 a year in property taxes for that site.

The West Kelowna landfill was converted to a transfer station in 2010.

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