Organics & Composting
The Future of Organics
The Comox Strathcona Solid Waste Management Plan targets a 70 per cent waste diversion rate for the Comox Strathcona Waste Management (CSWM) service area by 2022, and the greatest remaining opportunity to meet this target is the diversion of food waste from the waste stream. The diversion of food waste has the added benefit of decreasing the amount of methane gas and greenhouse gas emissions produced by the landfill. Given that approximately 35 per cent of landfill weight consists of organics, diverting food waste also extends the lifespan of a landfill. Currently, the Town of Comox and the Village of Cumberland have curbside organics collection programs in place, as part of an organics composting pilot program ongoing at the Comox Valley Waste Management Centre.
In 2017, Infrastructure Canada provided funding for a number of projects across small B.C. communities including 5.5 million for the CSWM service to implement a regional organics composting facility to service the entire CSWM service area. The remaining 2.77 million of the 8.3 million project will be funded by the service.
Final decisions are yet to be made for the siting of the regional organics composting facility. Over the next few months Comox Strathcona Waste Management staff, along with our engineering consultant, will bring forward extensive information to the CSWM Board to consider. We are committed to keeping the community informed and will provide residents with opportunities to access information about the project and have their questions answered by our project team, once a location is formed and the project is given the green light by the Board of Directors.
The goal is to have a facility operational in 2021. Watch this page for more information.
CSWM has been partnering with the Village of Cumberland and the Town of Comox to pilot an organics collection program as part of the region’s commitment to reduce the amount of food in the waste stream.