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B.C. provides funding for food, yard waste collection in several Thompson-Okanagan communities

Food waste to be collected

The provincial government has announced millions of dollars of funding to bring food and yard waste collection to several B.C. Interior communities.

Kamloops, Vernon, Summerland, Oliver, Lumby and two area regional districts are among 17 collection programs to receive funding.

"With the recent climate-related emergency events - from wildfires to flooding - people and communities are increasingly committed to reducing our carbon footprint," said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.

"By diverting organic waste from landfills, these projects will reduce the release of methane greenhouse gases and remove an estimated one million tonnes of carbon-dioxide equivalent over 10 years."

Organic waste represents 40% of material sent to municipal landfills in B.C. and generates 3.5% of the province's greenhouse gas emissions.

Funded projects within the Thompson-Okanagan are below:

City of Kamloops
Curbside Organics Collection Program
Building on the city's current pilot program, this project will provide a new food waste collection program to 27,000 residential homes.
Estimated project total: $6.45 million
B.C. government grant: $1.97 million

City of Vernon
Household Organics Collection Program
A new food and yard waste collection program will serve more than 14,000 residential homes within the city.
Estimated project total: $1.46 million
B.C. government grant: $936,720

District of Summerland
Residential Organic Waste Collection Project
An expansion to the existing yard waste collection program serving mor than 5,000 single and multi-family homes in Summerland to include food scraps, for composting at the upcoming Summerland Organics Processing Facility that will service Summerland and the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen's Electoral Area F.
Estimated project total: $742,959
B.C. government grant: $451,639

Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen
Residential Food Waste Collection
A new food and yard waste collection program will serve 2,600 residential households within Electoral areas A and C, and the Osoyoos Indian Band.
Estimated project total: $524,690
B.C. government grant: $304,460

Town of Oliver
Residential Food Waste Collection
A new and yard waste collection program will serve 2,600 residential homes within the town.
Estimated project total: $33,000
B.C. government grant: $22,000

Village of Lumby
Food Waste Collection Program
A new food waste collection program will serve 750 residential homes within the village.
Estimated project total: $33,216
B.C. government grant: $17,144

Regional District of Kootenay Boundary
McKelvey Creek Wasteshed Curbside Collection Green Bin Project
A new food waste collection program will serve more than 8,000 residential households within the municipalities of Rossland, Warfield, Trail, Montrose, Fruitvale, and Electoral areas A and B.
Estimated project total: $1.05 million
B.C. government grant: $702,905



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