Dawson Creek opts to continue compost service

Dawson Creek is taking steps to bring its compost dump in line with B.C. laws after realizing its facility on 99th Avenue hasn't actually been permitted by the province.

The city created the compost transfer facility in 2004 to deal with yard waste piling up in back alleys across the city.  Since then, the facility has grown in popularity, with the city hauling three tandem truck loads of waste to the public works yard three times a week during the summer. There, the waste is held in silos before it is eventually mixed into a "reclaimed" topsoil product.

However, the city recently discovered the site is not actually approved for compost storage, and was failing to follow protocols for composting.

On Monday, city councillors voted to spend around $25,000 a year to bring the city facility in line with provincial regulations, which will require site upgrades and registration with the Ministry of Environment.

The city currently spends around $39,000 on composting each year.

Councillors in favour of the plan say composting keeps lawn clippings, food and other organic material out of the landfill, ultimately saving money.   

Another option was to offer curbside compost pickup on a biweekly basis—an option council did not explore.

Chief Administrative Officer Jim Chute said the city had hoped the regional district would take on a compost service, but said there has been no movement on the issue so far this year.

"It would be a better service if it were regional," he said.

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