Victoria, BC –- The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has approved the upgrade and expansion of the kitchen scraps transfer station operation at Hartland landfill, with an $85,000 capital budget as a 2013 capital budget amendment, to ensure access for all interested municipal and private haulers within the region. The Board has also voted to delay the surcharge component of the Regional Kitchen Scraps Strategy that was scheduled for implementation January 2014
The initial phase of the strategy, which started January 2013, provides a $20/tonne incentive for waste haulers who deliver separate kitchen scraps loads to CRD-approved transfer stations and composting facilities. The second phase, a 20% surcharge at Hartland landfill on garbage loads containing kitchen scraps to discourage their disposal as garbage, which was supposed to start in 2014 has been delayed. In the final phase of the strategy the CRD will implement a ban on kitchen scraps from disposal at Hartland landfill, still scheduled to begin January 1, 2015.
“With the recent challenges associated with food waste processing and maintaining an operational composting facility, the CRD is delaying the surcharge component of the strategy to allow more time for processing options to be in place,” said Nils Jensen, Chair of the Environmental Services Committee. “The $20/tonne incentive will continue to be honoured in 2014 and we are committed to meeting our long-term waste reduction goals to extend the life of the landfill by banning kitchen scraps from the landfill.”
In April 2012, the CRD Board voted to implement a region-wide kitchen scraps strategy. Kitchen scraps include meat, bones, grains, dairy products, eggs, vegetables, fruits and soiled paper products.
The kitchen scraps collection program will save landfill airspace and help to ensure that the CRD meets its 70% diversion goal by 2015. Regional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that contribute to climate change will also be reduced. In addition, kitchen scraps processing will create a valuable resource, such as compost and/or biogas. It is estimated that 30,000 tonnes of processed kitchen scraps would generate approximately 17,000 tonnes of finished compost.
For further information please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager,
Corporate Communications, Capital Regional District
Tel: 250.360.3229 | Cell: 250.216.5492
Russ Smith, Senior Manager,
Environmental Resource Management
Capital Regional District
Tel: 250.360.3229 | Cell: 250.516.6639