Securiguard picked to patrol Cedar landfill

NANAIMO - The Regional District of Nanaimo has selected Securiguard to provide security to its Cedar Road landfill.

The Regional District of Nanaimo has selected Securiguard to provide security to its Cedar Road landfill.

Directors approved the contract at their July 28 regular meeting for a three-year deal is for a total cost of $275,777. According to terms of the deal, a security guard will patrol the grounds from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., seven days a week, including statutory holidays.

It’s a standard contract and the attendant will guard against theft and other threats, according to Larry Gardner, regional district manager of solid waste.

“We do need to protect our facilities and equipment and all that we do have out there, but actually the more significant basis for having security on in the evening is really fire,” said Gardner. “Landfill fires can be very serious. Typically if you get on them right away, they’re managed no problem.

“There’s a far bigger risk with fire then there is with damage to equipment,” Gardner said.

A request for proposals was issued in May and Securiguard was the successful bid out of three proponents.

“[Securiguard] met all the requirements and they were the lowest bidder,” said Gardner.

The contract started Saturday and runs until the end of July 2018.

Illegal dumping will not be covered under the deal and Gardner said there haven’t been any issues with that over the last couple of years.