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No more wasting compost

Plans to have an organics composting site in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen inched forward this week when the board voted to allot $50,000 for a study as to the best location. 

The study will look at both Campbell Mountain landfill and Okanagan Falls landfill as possible sites. The aim is to reduce potentially compostable items being dumped along with garbage. 

"Food waste and other organic materials accounts for approximately 40% of waste going to landfills in the RDOS," reads a report from staff. 

A previous study on whether the RDOS should invest in a compost site found multiple benefits.

"Extending the life of landfills, reducing GHG emissions by limiting methane production and creating food waste based compost for agricultural production," reads the report.

The lowest-cost option to the region was determined to be a facility serving the entire area within 30 minutes drive from Penticton, capable of composting food waste, yard waste and waste water treatment sludge from all jurisdictions.

Both Marion Valley and the District of Summerland landfills were previously proposed options which were ultimately rejected after public outcry. 

The board voted to move forward with a study on the Okanagan Falls landfill site as well as the Campbell Mountain landfill site, the latter of which is already the site of a biosolids management study undertaken by the City of Penticton. 

"Should the board approve the aforementioned study, the RDOS will work with the City of Penticton to create a scope that investigates the triple bottom line for each option," reads the report from staff to the board. 

"Time is of the essence as the City of Penticton will need move forward with its own biosolids composting facility should a combined facility fail."

The board voted to move forward with studies into a region-wide compost facility and will hear results at a later meeting. 

A survey is also underway through the RDOS website here to help them understand how and why citizens use the Campbell Mountain landfill.



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