As part of CCRD's commitment to achieve waste diversion targets set out in our Solid Waste Management Plan, planning is underway for a small centralized composting facility located at the Thorsen Creek Waste and Recycling Centre. The proposed facility will maximize beneficial use of waste materials and preventing organics from entering the waste stream whenever possible. Public access to composting will also help residents reduce wildlife attractants on private property. Currently, compostable materials make up about 26% of the waste stream at the Thorsen Creek Landfill.
As part of Goal 1 of its Solid Waste Management Plan, CCRD intends to provide a community composting program at the new Eco-Depot and Transfer Station. Some of the highlights of this program include:
- Undertaking a feasibility study for organic waste composting
- Collaborating with Nuxalk Nation on composting of biosolids
- Designing and constructing a small-scale basic compost building
- Purchasing or leasing necessary equipment to prepare feedstocks and aerate compost piles
- Developing a drop-off program for compostable waste
- Incorporating wildlife conflict mitigation measures into compost operations