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Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen awards for loader at Oliver Landfill

Price of new machine $330K plus taxes
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will spend more than $330,000 on new equipment for the Oliver Landfill. (Google Maps)

The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen will spend more than $330,000 on a new loader for the Oliver Landfill.

The contract for a 2023 John Deere 544G loader was awarded to Brandt Tractor Ltd. for $443,493 plus tax.

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The regional district received four bids for new and used loaders. The loader had the second-lowest base cost of the bids received. The lowest base cost was for a used 2017 Case 621G. However, that unit had a higher annual life cycle cost, Andrew Reeder, manager of solid waste said in a report to the regional district board.

In addition to the base cost, the price of the loader will include attachments including forks and a compost bucket, a five-year extended warranty package and a three-year service package.

The regional district’s 2023 budget for equipment purchases is $1.2 million.

The regional district was awarded the contract for the operation of the Oliver Landfill in 2021. The contract begins on June. 30, 2023. By operating the landfill in-house, the regional district estimates operational savings of $140,000 to $150,000 a year.

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John Arendt has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years. He has a Bachelor of Applied Arts in Journalism degree from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.
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