Victoria, BC - The Capital Regional District has conditionally suspended the licence issued to Stanhope Dairy Farm and applicable to the Foundation Organics Ltd. composting facility on Old East Road following the issuance of a number of warning notices. The effect of the suspension is the cessation of food waste materials being received by the Foundation Organics facility.
In 2004, the Capital Regional District developed the Composting Facilities Regulation Bylaw (Bylaw 2736) to regulate the operation of composting facilities in the region. The purposes of licensing composting facilities include ensuring that the facilities do not contaminate ground or surface water, or generate unacceptable levels of nuisance odour, vectors, litter or dust. In addition to complying with CRD Bylaw 2736, composting facilities must also comply with the BC Organic Matter Recycling Regulation, BC Agriculture Waste Control Regulation, the host municipality’s bylaws, Workers’ Compensation Board regulations and other applicable regulations.
The CRD conducted a hearing with the facility operator on August 16th and after careful consideration of all parties concerns and views, it was determined that the Foundation Organics facility was non-compliant with Bylaw 2736 and terms of its Recycler Licence. The facility will still be allowed to continue receiving and processing materials other than food wastes and to process those materials that are currently present on site but will be required to address the bylaw violations in order to have the suspension lifted and prior to again receiving food waste materials.
While the CRD regulates the composting facility, the land application of compost material to land in the Agricultural Land Reserve in British Columbia is regulated by The Provincial Agricultural Land Commission.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Russ Smith, Senior Manager
CRD Environmental Resource Management