Composting gets a kick

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District's ‘Homegrown’ product set for sale June 2.

Columbia Shuswap Regional District waste reduction facilitator Carmen Fennell runs her fingers through the regional district’s Columbia Shuswap Kickin’ Compost

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District is kicking it up with their new compost.

In the fall of 2012, the CSRD began using the yard and garden material brought in by residents to CSRD refuse disposal sites to create compost.

The first batch of Columbia Shuswap Kickin’ Compost is now ready and will be sold, beginning June 2, at the Salmon Arm and Sicamous landfills, as well as several transfer stations in the Shuswap area.

The compost is comprised of yard and garden material only.  The composting process was carried out following the strict guidelines of the Ministry of Environment’s Organic Matter Recycling Regulation to ensure all quality and safety standards have been met. “The CSRD compost is a Class ‘A’ compost, and has been lab tested to ensure all quality criteria has been met to enable the distribution of the compost material to the public.” says Waste Reduction Facilitator Carmen Fennell.  “Compost is a valuable soil amendment.  The humus created in the composting process adds valuable fertilizer to your lawns, gardens and planters.  The addition of compost to your soil also allows it to retain moisture better.”

The compost will be available, while supplies last, at the Salmon Arm and Sicamous landfills, as well as the Malakwa, Scotch Creek, Skimikin, Glenemma and Falkland Transfer Stations, during regular business hours. “U-load” compost will cost $10 per cubic metre, with a $5 minimum charge. Residents are welcome to take their own pickup trucks to load compost or to take small containers, such as rubber totes, if only a small amount is required.

For those wanting larger loads, the Salmon Arm Landfill will offer a “We-load” option available on Friday and Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to noon for a cost of $30 per cubic metre.

For more information, contact Fennell at 250-833-5936.Composting gets a kick

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