Regional Organics

A new regional composting facility will be built at the Campbell River Waste Management Centre, enabling curbside organics collection for over 30,000 single-family dwellings in Campbell River, Comox, Cumberland and Courtenay. This household organic material will be transformed into finished compost for agriculture and landscaping.

The $15.5 million project is funded through $6.4 million in grants and $9.1 million from CSWM reserves. Operations will be funded through tipping fees. Cost savings can be realized by removing organics from the waste stream which will prolong the life of our regional landfill.

A What We Heard report summarizing input from extensive consultation in 2020 has guided the design of facility and its operations and a design summary document is now available for the community. Once the design is finalized, construction will begin, and phased introduction of organics collection will begin over the summer and fall of 2022. The facility will be fully operational by fall 2022.

Interested in learning more? Attend a Webinar

Join our project team for a presentation about the design for the regional organics compost facility. Find out how input from the community was used and participate in an online question and answer session.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 12 noon – 1 pm

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 5 pm – 6 pm

You must be registered to attend. Click here to register and receive your Zoom meeting link.


DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS

All composting activities will be completed indoors, minimizing noise and odour. There will be no impacts to groundwater and surrounding habitat. The enclosed processing building and supporting infrastructure will be centrally located on a cleared area at the rear of the property, leaving a forested buffer around the site.


TRANSFER STATION

An organic transfer station will be constructed at the Comox Valley Waste Management Centre (regional landfill) located in Cumberland. When the Campbell River landfill reaches capacity in late 2021/early 2022, waste will be transferred to the regional landfill in Cumberland. These trailers will take organics from Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland to the regional compost facility in Campbell River on their return trip, maximizing trucking efficiencies. Approximately one to two truck trailers will be transferred to Campbell River per day.


Conceptual drawing of proposed transfer station


REGULATORY APPROVALS

A summary of the public consultation undertaken will be submitted to the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy to support applications for a targeted amendment to CSWM’s Solid Waste Management Plan to construct the regional organics facility and an Operating Permit for the regional organics facility under the Organic Matter Recycling Regulation.

The Ministry administers and regulates air quality issues, including odour issues, under the authority of the Environmental Management Act. The Organic Matter Recycling Regulation governs production, quality and land application of certain types of organic matter.

Development and building permits will be required from the City of Campbell River and the Village of Cumberland. The facility will comply with Public Nuisance bylaws, which includes prevention of nuisance odours.

A new regional composting facility will be built at the Campbell River Waste Management Centre, enabling curbside organics collection for over 30,000 single-family dwellings in Campbell River, Comox, Cumberland and Courtenay. This household organic material will be transformed into finished compost for agriculture and landscaping.

The $15.5 million project is funded through $6.4 million in grants and $9.1 million from CSWM reserves. Operations will be funded through tipping fees. Cost savings can be realized by removing organics from the waste stream which will prolong the life of our regional landfill.

A What We Heard report summarizing input from extensive consultation in 2020 has guided the design of facility and its operations and a design summary document is now available for the community. Once the design is finalized, construction will begin, and phased introduction of organics collection will begin over the summer and fall of 2022. The facility will be fully operational by fall 2022.

Interested in learning more? Attend a Webinar

Join our project team for a presentation about the design for the regional organics compost facility. Find out how input from the community was used and participate in an online question and answer session.

Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 12 noon – 1 pm

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 5 pm – 6 pm

You must be registered to attend. Click here to register and receive your Zoom meeting link.


DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS

All composting activities will be completed indoors, minimizing noise and odour. There will be no impacts to groundwater and surrounding habitat. The enclosed processing building and supporting infrastructure will be centrally located on a cleared area at the rear of the property, leaving a forested buffer around the site.


TRANSFER STATION

An organic transfer station will be constructed at the Comox Valley Waste Management Centre (regional landfill) located in Cumberland. When the Campbell River landfill reaches capacity in late 2021/early 2022, waste will be transferred to the regional landfill in Cumberland. These trailers will take organics from Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland to the regional compost facility in Campbell River on their return trip, maximizing trucking efficiencies. Approximately one to two truck trailers will be transferred to Campbell River per day.


Conceptual drawing of proposed transfer station


REGULATORY APPROVALS

A summary of the public consultation undertaken will be submitted to the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy to support applications for a targeted amendment to CSWM’s Solid Waste Management Plan to construct the regional organics facility and an Operating Permit for the regional organics facility under the Organic Matter Recycling Regulation.

The Ministry administers and regulates air quality issues, including odour issues, under the authority of the Environmental Management Act. The Organic Matter Recycling Regulation governs production, quality and land application of certain types of organic matter.

Development and building permits will be required from the City of Campbell River and the Village of Cumberland. The facility will comply with Public Nuisance bylaws, which includes prevention of nuisance odours.

  • Regional Organics Project Design Overview

    18 Feb 2021

    Groundwater
    Moisture content is carefully controlled as part of the composting process and water that comes into contact with organic waste (leachate) will be collected in sealed tanks and reused. Unprocessed materials will be stored inside, and composting will be undertaken exclusively inside buildings on concrete surfaces.

    Stormwater will be collected in a lined holding pond where it will be aerated, and sediment will be removed. The resulting treated stormwater will be discharged into an unlined pond and re-infiltrated into the ground. Water use onsite will be managed carefully and will not have an impact on groundwater quality or supply.

    Odour
    The receiving and processing of organic waste will take place daily within a fully enclosed building. Air will be captured through an HVAC system and then treated using biofilter technology, preventing odours from leaving the building. The finished compost will be stored under a covered area and will look and smell like rich, dark earth.

    Pest Control
    The daily processing of organic material indoors minimizes odours and helps control rodents and pests. High temperatures during processing create an inhospitable environment for rodents and other pests. The entire perimeter of the property will be fenced, preventing larger wildlife from entering the site.

    Carbon Emissions
    Greenhouse gas emission reduction will be achieved by removing organic material from the waste stream, reducing the production and release of methane gas in the landfill. Recycling organic matter into soil restores carbon and eliminates the need for chemical fertilizers.

    Trees and Wildlife
    The facility will be located on a cleared area of land. A wooded area will be kept around the perimeter of the facility to protect natural habitat and mitigate visual impacts. While some trees will need to be cleared on the site, careful site planning and layout will retain the maximum amount of forest possible for habitat and buffer. Site development and tree cutting will occur during an appropriate nesting window.

    All delivery of compost feedstock and active composting will occur indoors to prevent birds and wildlife from being attracted. Fencing will prevent larger wildlife from accessing the site.

    Noise
    The use of back-up alarms will be minimized to reduce noise during operating hours, and equipment with lower noise ratings will be used. Sound attenuating enclosures will also be considered.

    Traffic and Lighting
    Traffic impacts will be minimal, as organic waste collection will integrate with the existing waste collection system. The main access to the site will be from Highway 28, which will not affect most neighbouring properties on Argonaut Road.

    The site design creates the greatest buffer area possible between the facility and neighbours, protecting sightlines and minimizing light and noise. Exterior lighting will be a lower colour temperature to minimize impact and will be turned on only during operating hours.

  • What We Heard: Consultation Informs the Design and Operations of the Regional Composting Facility

    12 Mar 2020
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    Planning is underway for a new regional composting facility at the Campbell River Waste Management Centre and residents were invited to provide their input and learn more about the project throughout January and early February, 2020.

    Residents had the opportunity to complete a survey online and in person, and the community was also invited to provide feedback and meet the project team at two open houses that took place in Campbell River. We’d like to thank everyone who participated in our consultation. The information collected has helped Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) better understand what is important to residents and will be used in the planning of this facility.

    A What We Heard report summarizing community input collected during the consultation process has been shared with the Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) Board and with proponents to inform the facility design and operations.

    Read the What We Heard report here.


  • New Program Helps Keep Organic Waste Out of Landfills

    03 Feb 2020

    The province of British Columbia has announced the grant recipients of the new Organics Infrastructure Program, which includes the CSWM's regional organics composting facility. The project received $484,815 million in provincial funding on January 30, 2020. Total grant funding for the $14.7 million project is expected to be $6.4 million, with the remaining $8.3 million in project costs to be funding by reserves.

  • Solid Waste Service Seeking Input from Residents about New Regional Composting Facility Planned for Campbell River

    09 Jan 2020
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    Planning is underway for a new regional composting facility at the Campbell River Waste Management Centre and residents are invited to provide their input and learn more about the project over the next month.



  • Location of New Regional Organics Facility Announced

    03 Jan 2020

    A new regional composting facility will be built at the Campbell River Waste Management Centre. Construction will be complete in 2021, enabling a phased introduction of organics collection for over 30,000 single family dwellings in Campbell River, Comox, Cumberland and Courtenay.