With changes afoot in the regional district’s waste management plan, West
Boundary Disposal is one of two companies coming online to solve the area’s waste management problems.
Owner Norm Torgerson offers residential, commercial, junk removal and special event services designed specifically to meet the needs of each individual customer.
Torgerson isn’t new to the industry. He started AJM Disposal in Surrey, which is still in operation and now run by his three sons. After he turned the business over to his boys in the late ’ 90s, he moved to Midway where his sister Lois Rolls lives.
Two recent developments prompted Torgerson to get back into waste management – the regional district announced the closure of many of the waste transfer stations in the West Boundary and Joanne Relkov sold R.A.P.I.D. Services, the area’s major waste hauler.
“When Joanne decided to retire I thought it would be a good opportunity to keep it local and provide jobs for people in the area,” explained Norm.
Currently West Boundary Disposal has one employee, Rocky Carlson, who says that while the regional district has a job to do too, there’s room for both companies.
West Boundary Disposal covers all of Area E except for the City of Greenwood, which does its own garbage pickup.
For now they have one scheduled run each week – on Fridays – but Norm says that will change as they grow. They travel off the main roads to pick up from farms and ranches too.
They offer on-call junk removal services, from a single pickup to a full truckload of material. “We’re on top of that,” declares Torgerson. “If anybody wants any appliances removed or things like that we will do that for a charge of labour plus landfill costs.”
Because electronics waste must go to Grand Forks, he will collect, store and transport it for the same tag fee as the bags.
West Boundary Disposal will, at no charge, also pick up bluebag recycling from their customers while on the garbage run.
There are two ways to pay for services from West Boundary Disposal – using tags or by setting up an account on the monthly billing system. Both systems charge the same amount per bag but Norm says he prefers his rural customers use the billing system so he’s sure to include them on his route. All you have to do to get on his scheduled route is to call or email him.
Tags cost $3 each and are available at McMynn’s Hardware, Husky in Rock Creek and at Norbert Salvage.
Waste disposal for special events such as the fall fair, blues festival or Boogie Bash is another service that West Boundary is set up to handle, and he invites people to call for a quote.
“We want to carry on with what Joanne did for the community with R.A.P.I.D. Services,” says Norm. “Being local, we can do that. When local groups like the hockey association want to run a bottle drive we will offer our truck to help with the collections.”
West Boundary started with only a pickup, but they now have a full-size truck.
“I still have connections to the business through my kids, so anything I need up here will be here – commercial containers, bear bins, whatever is needed will be available. Even though we are local, we can do this. We’re not just a commercial hauler.”
Torgerson says his company supports the regional district’s zero-waste and recycling programs and will work closely with them to achieve those goals.
“Anything you can divert from the landfill is good,” notes Torgerson.
You can contact West Boundary Disposal at 250-449-1733 or via email at email@example.com
“Whatever an individual customer needs we will take care of them. We are local and we care about our community.
We will cater to the elderly. We will go that extra mile, if they can’t get their garbage to the curb then we will take care of it. Whatever we have to do.”