When one door closes another one opens. Or, in Kelowna’s case, when one entrance to a city facility closes, another opens.
In this case it’s the new entrance to the Gelenmore Landfill. Starting June 2, landfill customers will access the facility from John Hindle Drive instead of the current Glenmore Drive entrance, which will be closed.
The new entrance also means better service, says the city.
Improvements include a new recycling area before the main gates, improved weigh scales for measuring loads, and paved areas for refuse disposal making load drop off easier and cleaner for residents visiting the site.
“The entrance and traffic signal at John Hindle Drive will help to take some of the traffic congestion away from Glenmore Drive and will allow a safer left turn for those entering and leaving the landfill,” said Ken Muller, landfill supervisor.
“We’re happy with the configuration of the new entrance and look forward to better serving the public.”
In conjunction with the entrance opening, landfill operations will also move to the new administration building.
The building was designed with minimal environmental impact in mind.
The city received a community recognition award from Wood Works! for its support of the B.C. wood industry for its commitment to use wood in the new administration building. That supports city council’s adoption of the Wood First initiative to build using a renewable resource.
Additionally, roof-mounted solar panels heat the hot water in the building and all toilets on site are composting toilets, reducing toilet water usage to almost nothing and creating no load on the city’s sanitary system.