Organic waste solutions create cleaner, lower carbon communities | BC Gov News

Communities throughout British Columbia will soon have projects underway to decrease greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs and produce compost for residents.
New or expanded organic waste-processing facilities and organic collection programs are being funded under the Province’s CleanBC Organic Infrastructure and Collection Program.
“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.”
Launched in 2020, the program is providing as much as $25.9 million over three years to communities to develop or expand their ability to divert organic waste from landfills. Through cost-sharing arrangements, the funding recipients are contributing at least one-third of eligible project costs. Recipients include four First Nations communities.
With today’s announcement, 23 projects will receive almost $12.48 million from the Province. This includes six organics infrastructure projects and 17 collection programs. Additional projects are expected to come on board in the coming months. The initial projects are expected to break ground in the spring.
“These grants support the aims of local governments to divert organic waste from landfills and reduce GHG emissions from operations,” said Laurey-Anne Roodenburg, president of the Union of B.C. Municipalities, and City of Quesnel councillor. “The provincial funding of this program is greatly appreciated and will result in projects that will provide B.C. residents with lower carbon communities.”
Previously, the Province partnered with federal and local governments to fund the development of 14 composting facilities in B.C. communities through the $30-million Organics Infrastructure Program.
Investing in organic waste diversion is one part of a much bigger picture. CleanBC is the Province’s pathway to a more prosperous, balanced and sustainable future. It supports government’s commitment to climate action to meet B.C.’s emission targets and build a cleaner, stronger economy for everyone.
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For more information on B.C.’s Organics Infrastructure and Collection Program, visit:
www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/waste-management/food-and-organic-waste/organic-waste-diversion/organics-infrastructure-program
To learn more about CleanBC, visit: www.cleanbc.gov.bc.ca
A backgrounder follows.
Organics Processing Infrastructure Projects
Bowen Island Municipality
On-Island Compost Facility

A new in-vessel composting facility will serve more than 3,600 residents and produce Class A compost for island use.
Estimated project total: $1.55 million
B.C. government grant: $1.02 million
Fraser Valley Regional District
Boston Bar/North Bend Composting Operation

A new aeration composting system at the Chaumox Landfill will serve more than 500 residents, including the Boston Bar First Nation and Boothroyd First Nation.
Estimated project total: $51,590
B.C. government grant: $34,393
Gitxaala First Nation
Community Composting System

An expanded composting facility in Kitkatla will serve the Nation’s residents and produce Class A compost to support local food production.
Estimated project total: $112,796
B.C. government grant: $75,197
Regional District of Nanaimo
Convertus Facility Upgrade

The expanded Convertus Compost Facility (formerly known as Circular Waste BC) will serve more than 167,000 residents and produce Class A compost for local wholesalers to make available for retail use.
Estimated project total: $13.56 million
B.C. government grant: $3 million
Residential Organics Collection Projects
City of Campbell River
Automated Curbside Collection for Garbage, Recycling and Organics

A new food and yard waste collection program will serve over 10,500 residential homes within the city.
Estimated project total: $2.83 million
B.C. government grant: $633,431
City of Fernie
Organics Collection Program

A new food and yard waste collection program will serve more than 2,000 residential homes within the city.
Estimated project total: $264,000
B.C. government grant: $176,999
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: $1.78 million
City of Kimberley
Organics Collection

A new food and yard waste collection program will serve more than 3,000 residential homes within the city.
Estimated project total: $647,600
B.C. government grant: $198,399
City of Powell River
Organics Curbside Collection

An expansion to the existing food and yard waste collection program will serve an additional 5,300 residential homes within the city.
Estimated project total: $920,000
B.C. government grant: $346,666
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: $936,719
District of Kitimat
Kitimat Curbside Organics Collection Program

A new food and yard waste collection program will serve 3,600 residential households within the District of Kitimat.
Estimated project total: $474,492
B.C. government grant: $196,327
District of Invermere
Curbside Organics

A new food and yard waste collection program will serve over 1,500 residential homes in the district.
Estimated project total: $271,729
B.C. government grant: $173,219
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 Central Kootenay
Residential Curbside Organics Collection Partnership

In partnership with the City of Castlegar and the Town of Creston, the Regional District of Central Kootenay will provide a new food and yard waste collection program to more than 14,500 residential homes within the City of Castlegar, the Town of Creston, and the district’s Electoral areas A, B, C, E, F, G, H, I and J.
Estimated project total: $1.92 million
B.C. government grant: $1.19 million
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
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: $304,459
Town of Comox
Residential Curbside Organic Waste Collection

An expansion to the existing food and yard waste collection program will serve an additional 700 residential homes within town.
Estimated project total: $645,145
B.C. government grant: $396,917
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: $21,999
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: $12,143
Organics Processing Infrastructure and Organics Collection Projects
Esk’etemc First Nation
Community Composting System
Community Composting Collection Program

A new composting facility in Alkali Lake will serve the nation’s residents and produce Class A compost for community gardens and landscaping. A second project will provide a new food waste collection program to 150 residential households.
Estimated project total: $384,177
B.C. government grant: $256,118
Kitasoo Xai’xais Nation
Composting System
Community Organics Collection Program

A new in-vessel composting facility in Klemtu will serve the Nation’s residents and produce Class A compost for community landscaping projects. A second project will expand the existing food and yard waste collection program to serve an additional 50 residential households.
Estimated project total: $558,108
B.C. government grant: $372,072
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