As a jumping off point for a discussion about composting in the RDCK area, a number of posts here will be devoted to looking at the 2005 study which analyzed opportunities and impacts of pursuing aggressive organics recovery in the RDCK and RDKB. Western BioResources Consulting Ltd. and Footprint Environmental Strategies were contracted to do the report by the RDCK and RDKB. The report investigated the following topics:
- Feedstock analysis (where the organic waste is coming from).
- Organics recovery technology review (how to do it).
- Regulatory review (regulations that pertain to industrial composting).
- Financial analysis (including collection costs).
- Processing, landfilling, and the overall waste management system.
- Marketing the compost (finished product).
Some of the main findings of the report include:
- The amount of organic material generated within the RDCK is about 19,800 tonnes.
- The report says the preferred options for managing organic wastes is backyard composting and the development of composting facilities where volumes of organic waste generated is great enough to warrant costs.
- Alternating weekly compost/waste pickup will result in an approximately 6% increased collection cost and a one time start up cost of $30/ household.
- The development of a centralized composting facility will, overall, reduce waste management costs.
- A large number of environmental and indirect economic benefits are expected.
Over the coming weeks we will be looking at the various findings of the report, and how they apply to the organics diversion planning in the RDCK currently underway.