Residents of Revelstoke and Columbia Shuswap Regonal District Electoral Area B will soon have a place to compost their organic waste.
In a statement released January 30, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy announced it had partnered with federal and local governments on a new $30 million Organics Infrastructure Program. The program will help communities expand their infrastructure, divert organic waste from landfills and help the province meet its CleanBC commitment of helping communities achieve 95% organic waste diversion for agricultural, industrial and municipal waste.
The CSRD received $100,000 for a composting facility at the Revelstoke landfill. It is estimated that over half of the waste currently entering the landfill is organic. The composting project will create usable compost, while prolonging the life of the landfill and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
“This program will help communities, the Province and Canada meet our shared climate action goals,” said George Heyman, B.C.’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “It will also help build B.C.’s clean economy by creating green jobs and setting the stage for the economic opportunities that come from the reuse of organic materials.”
The Organics Infrastructure Program combines $10 million in federal funding from the Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, $10 million from the Province and $10 million in matching funds from local government applicants and their partners. Twelve projects have finalized agreements to date. Additional projects are expected to come on board in the coming months. The initial projects are expected to break ground starting in the spring.