The CRD Biosolids Beneficial Use Strategy (Definitive Plan), complete with the First Nations and public engagement reports, was received by the CRD Board at their meeting on June 12, 2019. The final report will be provided to the Ministry of Environment & Climate Change Strategy by June 30.
The Capital Regional District must outline to the Province how it will ensure that the biosolids produced at its Residuals Treatment Facility will be beneficially used after the McLoughlin Point Wastewater Treatment Plant is operating in 2020.
The CRD is proposing to procure services for the beneficial use of this waste stream with British Columbia’s lower mainland-based cement industry as an alternative fuel, helping reduce their reliance on non-renewable fuels to power their facilities.
Using biosolids to power the manufacturing of cement reduces greenhouse gas emissions in alignment with the Province’s CleanBC plan to use clean energy to power B.C.’s industrial economy.
Once the treatment plant is operating and the specific composition of our region's biosolids are known, the CRD will explore a range of beneficial use options as part of the development of its biosolids management strategy within the region's Core Area Liquid Waste Management Plan.
Public engagement is a key part of developing the CRD's overall biosolids management strategy and, as a result, the CRD collected feedback on this proposed short-term solution ahead of submitting its definitive plan to the Province by June 30, 2019. The public engagement summary can be viewed in Appendix M of the Definitive Plan