Food waste at transfer stations off the table

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District will not continue to collect food waste at transfer stations.

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District will not continue to collect food waste at transfer stations.

A report presented by CSRD team leader of environmental health services, Ben Van Nostrand, outlined the issue with transfer stations at a board meeting, Dec. 2.

He said the results of a transfer-station trial indicated those in rural areas tended to use compost in their backyards, opposed to dropping off the food waste at transfer stations.

“At the end of the day the results kind of bore out what we expected in the rural communities. Folks are probably using backyard composters and other means to get rid of their food waste. The numbers don’t support, in my mind, advancing this program any further.”

Participants were provided with kitchen catchers and keys to access the stations.

The transfer station options were part of two food-waste trials conducted by the district: the residential-curbside food waste trial which took place in Salmon Arm, and the transfer station drop-off trial with locations at: Glenemma, Skimikin, Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Scotch Creek, Malakwa, Sorento and Falkland.

Salmon Arm Mayor Nancy Cooper said she had heard feedback from residents in Salmon Arm who thought the trial was worthwhile.

Van Nostrand said the transfer stations were used more in densely populated areas: Salmon Arm, Sorrento and Blind Bay.

“I would argue that it points us to a need for a curbside program,” he said, adding although people in populated areas didn’t mind taking their food waste to transfer stations, it was more convenient to have a curbside option.

South Shuswap director Paul Demenok supported curbside pick up in his area.

The 30-week transfer-station trial cost more than $25,000, which equates to more than $12,000 per metric ton to divert food waste through a rural depot drop-off, said the report.

Salmon Arm and Sorrento had the greatest number of participants using the stations. Salmon Arm had 34 participants with 711 kilograms diverted and Sorrento had 32 participants with 669 kilograms diverted from the landfill.

Van Nostrand said discussion will continue regarding curbside food waste pick up in the district in 2017.

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

BC Liberal leadership hopeful Michael Lee stops in Revelstoke

Lee’s visit comes less than a week before the BC Liberal’s final leadership debate

Interior Health managers voice discontent

Negative comments about work culture aimed at CEO Chris Mazurkewich.

Glimpses of the Past

From cattle straying into the mountains in 1893 to eastern access to the city talks in 1968

The Revelstoke Railway Museum charts a new course

Laura Young is the Revelstoke Railway Museum’s new executive director

UPDATE: Head on collision closes Trans-Canada west of Revelstoke

Two tractor-trailers collided on Highway 1 forcing the closure of the road, no detour is available

Video: Bulky bobcat goes for a stroll

Bob Lindley shared a video of a sneaky bobcat strolling through his yard in Vernon.

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in B.C. as a fiction writer and novelist

B.C. commuters vote to rename bus service to ‘Jeff’

The company asked and the people of Facebook answered

EDITORIAL: With harassment allegations, students deserve better at UBCO

The lack of communication with students isn’t good enough for the Kelowna campus

Physical altercation turns to online threats in Celista

Police were called to a Shuswap ice rink after a group of men physically fought each other

A busy month for police in Chase

From stolen vehicles to a hit and run, RCMP had their hands full in January

Arson suspect heads to court

Vernon man suspected of starting a string of 2014 fires in Vernon

Most Read