Oliver Landfill Organics Compost Facility ribbon cuttingNews Article
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Organics Compost Facility at the Oliver Landfill on Monday, June 5, 2023. This facility will change the process in which yard waste and organics are processed at the landfill and will provide Oliver and Electoral Area “C” residents with a more economical and environmentally-friendly means of diverting organic material and provides an important soil additive that will be available for purchase. It is anticipated that the curbside collection program will be modified to include food waste in the future. The facility is expected to be fully up and running by summer 2023.
The new facility:
- Diverts organics that would otherwise be buried or burned. This will reduce the need to ship waste out of the region in the future, reduce environmental impacts such as burying or burning, and will help keep community waste disposal costs low.
- Reduces greenhouse gases by trapping carbon, reducing methane generation and converting organics into a stable form of carbon.
- Provides an important soil additive that helps to reduce water usage and the use of chemical soil additives on farms such as nitrogen and phosphorus, which can create greenhouse gases and cause environmental and health implications for streams and lakes.
- The compost produced will meet Organic Certified standards and can be used on farms or for landscaping purposes.
- Creates a means to safely dispose of agricultural pests such as the cherry fruit fly.
“Oliver’s new Organics Compost Facility will deliver a substantial benefit to residents and farmers in the area,” said Mark Pendergraft, RDOS Chair. “This is an important step in reducing our environmental impact.”
This project was funded through B.C.’s Organics Infrastructure Program (OIP), with support from the federal and provincial governments. The program combines funding from the federal Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund, the province, and OIP award recipients. The RDOS was one of 17 successful OIP funding recipients.
“Every community plays an important role in addressing the climate crisis, and keeping organic waste out of our landfills is one way we can reduce greenhouse gas pollution,” said George Heyman, B.C.’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “It is great to see the completion of this facility, which will create a healthier, more resilient community for people in Oliver and the surrounding area.”
“The ongoing climate crisis is spurring innovative new solutions all across Canada. We’re supporting strong local actions that help green our communities and provide a better home for future generations,” said the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change. “The opening of this new organics compost facility is a good example of how we can manage waste and reduce our impact on the environment. I applaud efforts by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen as they help lead the way to a sustainable future.”
To learn more about the Organic Infrastructure Program, please visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020ENV0002-000170#okanagan-similkameen
Oliver Landfill & Compost Facility Hours of Operation
Location: 498 Saddle Ridge Rd, Oliver, B.C.
SUMMER HOURS: March to end of November
Monday to Saturday: 10:00 am - 3:45 pm
WINTER HOURS: December, January, February
Monday to Friday: Noon - 3:45 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 3:45 pm
CLOSED Sundays, statutory holidays and Boxing Day
For further information, please visit the Oliver Landfill page at www.rdos.bc.ca or contact Andrew Reeder, RDOS Manager of Solid Waste.
Mark Pendergraft, Chair
Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
Manager of Solid Waste
Oliver Landfill Organics Compost Facility ribbon cutting ceremony, Oliver, BC
In Photo from left to right:
Petra Veintimilla (Town of Oliver Councillor); David Mattes (Town of Oliver Councillor); Rick Knodel (RDOS Electoral Area “C” Director); Mark Pendergraft (RDOS Chair); Terry Schafer (Town of Oliver Councillor); Martin Johansen (Town of Oliver Mayor); Andrew Reeder (RDOS Manager of Solid Waste); Aimee Grice (Town of Oliver Councillor); Roly Russell (MLA, Boundary-Similkameen); Jeremy Dresner (RDOS Energy and Climate Resilience Supervisor); Scott Garthwaite (Sperling Hansen Associates Project Manager); Wendy Bennett (RDOS Solid Waste Facilities Coordinator).