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

January 9, 2020
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.
 
A new online engagement portal, complete with survey, will help the Comox Strathcona Waste Management Service (CSWM) better understand what is important to residents during the design phase of the project. The community can also provide feedback and meet the project team at one of two open houses taking place at the Maritime Heritage Centre from 4 pm – 6 pm on January 30 and February 5. More information is available at cswm.ca/regionalorganics.
 
“This is an important project for the region and we want to ensure residents understand why it is needed,” said Andrew McGifford, Senior Manager of CSWM services. “This is also an opportunity for us to gather any information from the public that should be considered in the planning and design phase of the project.”
 
Construction on the new composting facility begins this fall. Once complete, it will enable municipalities to collect food and yard waste from over 30,000 single family dwellings in Campbell River, Comox, Cumberland and Courtenay. 
 
“Organics currently make up 30 per cent of the total waste that is landfilled in the CSWM service area,” explained McGifford. “Removing organic material from the waste stream will extend the life of area landfills, resulting in a smaller environmental footprint and a more cost-effective approach for handling solid waste.” 
 
When buried in a landfill, organic material also produces methane gas, a key contributor to global climate change. Properly composting organic waste is an important step to sustainably manage waste in the region and is the largest component of the waste stream that will help the CSWM service achieve its target of removing 70 per cent of waste from the landfill by 2022.

 

Interested in learning more about this project?

Attend an Open House

Thurs, Jan 30, 2020 Wed, Feb 5, 2020
Maritime Heritage CentreMaritime Heritage Centre
4 pm - 6 pm4 pm - 6 pm

Or fill out a survey and visit our engagement portal at cswm.ca/regionalorganics.
The survey will be open until February 10, 2020.

Photo caption: Food scraps like these will be collected curbside from 30,000 single family homes in Campbell River, Comox, Courtenay and Cumberland by 2022.
 
About Comox Strathcona Waste Management
The Comox Strathcona Waste Management service is a function of the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and is responsible for two regional waste management centres that serve the Comox Valley and Campbell River, as well as a range of transfer stations and smaller waste handling and recycling facilities for the electoral areas of the CVRD and the Strathcona Regional District. The CSWM service manages over 100,000 tonnes of waste and recycled material and oversees a number of diversion and education programs.

 

Media contact: 

Andrew McGifford
Senior Manager, CSWM Services
Comox Valley Regional District 
Tel: 250-334-6025