Kaslo and Balfour residents will see temporary closures of their transfer stations this year while upgrades are underway.

Kaslo and Balfour residents will see temporary closures of their transfer stations this year while upgrades are underway.

Temporary closures planned at Balfour, Kaslo transfer stations

The Regional District of Central Kootenay will close the Balfour and Kaslo transfer stations for a few months this year for upgrades.

The Regional District of Central Kootenay will close the Balfour and Kaslo transfer stations for a few months this year for upgrades.

The RDCK expects to award the contract for the work on April 16 and for construction to start at the Kaslo facility on May 4 and conclude June 22. Work at the Balfour transfer station will start June 22 and finish Aug. 23.

“These upgrades will improve service to the public and further align the RDCK with its zero waste goals,” says Tom Newell, chair of the central waste subregion. “We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause, and appreciate your cooperation and patience.”

A weigh scale will be installed at Balfour along with two new bins and associated infrastructure. The Kaslo station will also get new transfer bins, but not a weigh scale. The project costs are estimated at $715,000 for Balfour and $535,000 for Kaslo. The upgrades were identified in the RDCK’s 2010 resource recovery plan.

While the facilities will be closed during construction, to minimize disruption to the public, only one site will close at a time.