Organics Composting Facility

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The Regional Ditrict of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is seeking feedback on a proposal to establish a new organics composting facility adjacent to the Campbell Mountain Landfill (CMLF).

The City of Penticton has committed to replacing their existing wastewater solids composting operation at Campbell Mountain. The RDOS is partnering with the City for an opportunity to build a facility that can compost the wastewater solids as well as food and yard waste organics.

Food waste and other organic materials account for approximately 40% of waste entering landfills in the Regional District by weight, and the RDOS Solid Waste Management Plan has identified composting as one of the best means to divert waste entering local Landfills.

The proposed composting operation would be located east of the CMLF at a site currently located within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). The new operation would be designed to accommodate up to 35,000 tonnes of organic materials per year and would include odour controls and paving the site to contain leachate.

Residents of the current Campbell Mountain Service Area (includes all or parts of Electoral Areas B, D, E, F, G, and I, City of Penticton and Village of Keremeos) are invited to provide feedback until October 2, 2020.

Your input will be shared with the Board at a future meeting as part of a decision on whether to support submitting the ALR Exclusion application to the Agricultural Land Commission for the purpose of constructing the compost facility.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the RDOS hosted an electronic town hall on September 30, 2020. The meeting provided an opportunity to learn more about the organics composting facility and ask questions. You can watch the meeting on the RDOS YouTube Channel.

Please see the News Feed below for a list of questions and answers from the September 30, 2020 electronic town hall meeting.

Register to receive updates and participate in the discussion.

Proposed Organics Composting Site

Wastewater Solids Composting Operation

The Regional Ditrict of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is seeking feedback on a proposal to establish a new organics composting facility adjacent to the Campbell Mountain Landfill (CMLF).

The City of Penticton has committed to replacing their existing wastewater solids composting operation at Campbell Mountain. The RDOS is partnering with the City for an opportunity to build a facility that can compost the wastewater solids as well as food and yard waste organics.

Food waste and other organic materials account for approximately 40% of waste entering landfills in the Regional District by weight, and the RDOS Solid Waste Management Plan has identified composting as one of the best means to divert waste entering local Landfills.

The proposed composting operation would be located east of the CMLF at a site currently located within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). The new operation would be designed to accommodate up to 35,000 tonnes of organic materials per year and would include odour controls and paving the site to contain leachate.

Residents of the current Campbell Mountain Service Area (includes all or parts of Electoral Areas B, D, E, F, G, and I, City of Penticton and Village of Keremeos) are invited to provide feedback until October 2, 2020.

Your input will be shared with the Board at a future meeting as part of a decision on whether to support submitting the ALR Exclusion application to the Agricultural Land Commission for the purpose of constructing the compost facility.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the RDOS hosted an electronic town hall on September 30, 2020. The meeting provided an opportunity to learn more about the organics composting facility and ask questions. You can watch the meeting on the RDOS YouTube Channel.

Please see the News Feed below for a list of questions and answers from the September 30, 2020 electronic town hall meeting.

Register to receive updates and participate in the discussion.

Proposed Organics Composting Site

Wastewater Solids Composting Operation

  • Organics composting facility public engagement

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    The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen is gathering feedback regarding the proposed organics composting facility at Campbell Mountain Landfill.

  • Sept. 30 Electronic Town Hall Q&A

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    02 Oct 2020
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    What amount of methane is expected from the composting site?

    Properly operated composting sites do not generate methane. Composting uses oxygen to speed up the decomposition process. Composting does not allow for the creation of methane by aerating the materials being composted.

    Methane is created naturally when organic matter is stored in water without access to oxygen. This happens in landfills where food waste is buried underground and no oxygen is available. There are also specially designed digesters that can create methane. Digesters trap the methane, allowing it to be used like natural gas for heating or electrical production.

    Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas. Landfills are a major source of methane in Canada. The Campbell Mountain Landfill is estimated to generate more than 1,000 tonnes of methane each year. This makes it one of the largest point sources of methane in the RDOS. The development of a food waste composting site at the Campbell Mountain Landfill will significantly reduce methane emissions in the RDOS by removing food waste from the landfill and composting it.

    What is the amount of material being currently being processed at the City of Penticton Wastewater Solids Composting facility? What are the expected annual amounts of materials to be composted at the facility?

    Table 3-5 explains the estimated current and future feedstocks that are available for the composting sites. The ‘Biosolids’ estimate below is ‘dry tonnes’ of wastewater treatment solids. This is the estimated weight of solids without water. The ‘wet tonnes’, meaning the solids mixed with water brought to the compost site, is estimated at ~8000 tonnes. Wet tonnes refers to the weight at the scale when the solids are still wet.

    Is there a provincial or local requirement to have an odour or discharge permit?

    Composting sites in BC are regulated under the Organic Matter Recycling Regulation (OMRR) and BC does not require an additional odour or discharge permit. OMRR requires a compost site have an odour management plan to ensure nuisances are minimized. The RDOS does not issue Air Discharge permits.

  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities Recognizes RDOS Compost Feasibility Project

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    https://cms.rdos.bc.ca/assets/Information-Releases/20200930-FCM-Organics-Info-Release.pdf

  • Composting Facility Information Release

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    The RDOS is gathering feedback about the proposed organics composting facility at CMLF. The results will be submitted to the RDOS board for consideration as part of an application to the Agricultural Land Commission.