Campbell Mountain organic composting site one step closer to reality

A new grant may expedite the proposed organic compost facility’s arrival

On Thursday, Jan. 9, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen board voted in favour of applying for a grant to construct an in-vessel organic food, yard, and waste water treatment composting facility near Campbell Mountain Landfill.

The board also supported a staff proposal to submit an application to the Agricultural Land Commission for exclusion of lands required for the facility, and to proceed with the land purchase once the land is compliant.

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“There are several advantages to building a composting facility near Campbell Mountain Landfill,” said district board chair Karla Kozakevich. “The proposed facility will reduce costs, extend the life of the landfill, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and nuisance odours.”

Previous studies estimate a curbside food collection program could potentially divert 26% of the total waste stream.

According to the board, the primary advantages of the proposed program and its location include cost reduction of over one million dollars and reduced foodwaste that will extend the life of the landfill, reduce lineups and be more environmentally sustainable.

On September 19th, 2019 the district board authorized staff to pursue a compost siting study. Recently, a new grant program has become available that could fund the proposed organics composting facility, increasing the district’s urgency for, and feasability of, establishing the facility.

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