Regional Organics Compost Project

Construction has begun on a much-needed regional facility that will enable curbside organics collection for over 30,000 single-family homes in Campbell River, Comox, Cumberland and Courtenay. The household organic material will be repurposed into finished compost for agricultural and landscaping uses, diverting approximately 30 per cent of collected waste from our regional landfill.

The compost facility, located in Campbell River, is scheduled for completion in September 2022 and will accept co-mingled food and yard waste as part of municipal curbside collection programs. Community updates around the timing of this rollout will be made available later in 2022.

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.



WHAT WE HEARD

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in our consultation in February 2020 and March 2021. The feedback we collected helped to inform the facility design and planned operations of the compost facility and transfer station. For more information about What We Heard from the community, please read our final summary report. This was presented to the CSWM board on April 22 and will be submitted to the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy to support regulatory applications for this project.



DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS

Click on the image below to read more about the facility design and how it addresses input we've received from the community.

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 REQUIREMENTS

This project requires two approvals from the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy: 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.

Status of Approvals

Solid Waste Management Plan Targeted Amendment - COMPLETE

City of Campbell River Development Permit Approval (Compost Facility) - COMPLETE

Village of Cumberland Development Permit Approval (Transfer Station) - COMPLETE

Organic Matter Recycling Regulation Operating Permit - IN PROGRESS

Construction has begun on a much-needed regional facility that will enable curbside organics collection for over 30,000 single-family homes in Campbell River, Comox, Cumberland and Courtenay. The household organic material will be repurposed into finished compost for agricultural and landscaping uses, diverting approximately 30 per cent of collected waste from our regional landfill.

The compost facility, located in Campbell River, is scheduled for completion in September 2022 and will accept co-mingled food and yard waste as part of municipal curbside collection programs. Community updates around the timing of this rollout will be made available later in 2022.

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.



WHAT WE HEARD

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in our consultation in February 2020 and March 2021. The feedback we collected helped to inform the facility design and planned operations of the compost facility and transfer station. For more information about What We Heard from the community, please read our final summary report. This was presented to the CSWM board on April 22 and will be submitted to the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy to support regulatory applications for this project.



DESIGN HIGHLIGHTS

Click on the image below to read more about the facility design and how it addresses input we've received from the community.

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 REQUIREMENTS

This project requires two approvals from the BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy: 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.

Status of Approvals

Solid Waste Management Plan Targeted Amendment - COMPLETE

City of Campbell River Development Permit Approval (Compost Facility) - COMPLETE

Village of Cumberland Development Permit Approval (Transfer Station) - COMPLETE

Organic Matter Recycling Regulation Operating Permit - IN PROGRESS

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  • Will you have compost pick up at the many condo's in Campbell River? We bring our compost to someones private home compost which is very inconvenient. Most people in condos just dump their compost into the garbage.

    condo composting asked almost 2 years ago

    We are taking a phased approach with the organics program and will start with single-family dwellings within the municipalities of Campbell River, Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland. The facility will be sized to process additional organics as the community and our program expands over time, however the details of future phases of the program have not yet been determined.

  • Wondering if our existing pickups will change (frequency and allowable volume)? Will we require specific city provided bins for each type of material?

    Jsmith asked almost 2 years ago

    Collection and frequency will be decided at the municipal level and each organization will determine the service level required for their community. Once the contract for the construction of this project is awarded later this year, staff from each municipality will be bringing information related to frequency and bin requirements to their respective councils.

  • What kind of employment opportunities will this project present and what kind of certification or training should one have to apply?

    lls asked almost 2 years ago

    The contract for the construction of this project will be rewarded later this year and more details on potential employment opportunities will be available at that time.

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