The CRD Board approves the Long-Term Biosolids Management Strategy

Jun 13, 2024

Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District (CRD) Board has approved the Long-Term Biosolids Management Strategy. This strategy outlines a sustainable approach to managing biosolids produced within the region, with a focus on beneficial use and environmental stewardship.

The Long-Term Biosolids Management Strategy was developed through extensive research and technical advice, First Nations engagement, stakeholder engagement, and public consultation. The strategy consists of a portfolio of options that prioritize advanced thermal processing while also considering out-of-region and in-region contingency options to ensure regulatory compliance and adaptability. Ongoing engagement with First Nations will be pivotal in the development of specific projects located on their traditional territories.

“The Board is grateful for the valuable input we received from members of the public which was instrumental in shaping this biosolids management strategy,” said CRD Board Chair Colin Plant. “This is a significant step forward in our region’s journey towards innovative and environmentally responsible solutions.”

The options in the Long-term Biosolids Management Strategy will be utilized under a prioritization structure:

  • Tier 1: Advanced Thermal Option – This is the preferred long-term solution, which includes the development of a demonstration facility for advanced thermal processing.
  • Tier 2: Out-of-Region Compliance Options – These measures will be utilized to maintain regulatory compliance while Tier 1 options are being implemented. Options include continued alternative fuel combustion in the cement manufacturing facility in Richmond, BC, industrial land reclamation, forest fertilization, and partnerships with established biosolids programs.
  • Tier 3: In-Region Contingency Options – These options will be implemented on a contingency basis, only when Tier 2 options are unavailable, with explicit consent from the Board, and after consulting and engaging with affected First Nations.

“This biosolids management strategy aligns with the Board vision of fostering innovation and bold leadership,” said CRD Director Barbara Desjardins, Chair of the CRD’s Environmental Services Committee. “By embracing advanced thermal processing, we’re not only meeting regulatory requirements but also pioneering a new era of responsible resource management in the region.”

The Long-Term Biosolids Management Strategy is subject to provincial approval as part of the CRD’s commitments under the Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan. On June 6, the CRD Board received a letter from the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy offering an extension to the June 18, 2024 submission deadline. Because the conditions and timelines presented by the Minister pose a challenge, the Board decided that it was prepared to submit the strategy, along with feedback received, to the province in accordance with the original deadline. The CRD looks forward to receiving further direction from the province in response to the submission.

For more information on CRD’s Long-Term Biosolids Management Strategy please visit our website.


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