Reducing Greenhouse Gases (GHG)
Green bin organic waste collection and composting is one of the single most important programs the RDKB has undertaken toward reducing emission of greenhouse gases in the region.
Composting reduces GHG because organic materials that break down in an oxygen-rich environment produce carbon dioxide whereas organic materials buried in a landfill produce mostly methane. Both carbon dioxide and methane contribute to levels of GHG, but methane is up to 27 times more potent.
In 2019, the organics diversion program which includes the household green bin (kitchen scraps collection) program in the Boundary reduced our GHG emissions by the equivalent of 678 tonnes of CO2.
What is “organic waste?”
Organic waste is any material that is biodegradable and comes from a plant or an animal. Examples of organic waste include waste from food, food-soiled paper, non-hazardous wood, plants, and landscape and pruning waste.
Upgrades in the Boundary, New Program in the West Kootenay
We are expanding our organics collection and composting infrastructure in the Boundary and have partnered with the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) to build a new organics collection system and composting facility to serve both regional districts.
The RDKB is building an organics transfer station at McKelvey Creek Regional Landfill in Trail, and will transport organic waste to the Central Landfill composting facility near Salmo, in the RDCK.
Curbside Collection for Boundary and West Kootenay
A Leader in Organic Waste Collection and Composting
The RDKB is a leader in organic waste collection and composting among regional governments in the BC Interior.
The joint RDCK-RDKB program will initially target organic waste from regional curbside collection in the RDKB including from Electoral Areas ‘A’, ‘B’/Lower-Columbia/Old Glory, and the municipalities of Rossland, Warfield, Trail, Montrose and Fruitvale and municipal curbside collection in the cities of Castlegar and Nelson in the RDCK. It will also include organic waste from the commercial sectors in both regional districts.
Once these organics infrastructure projects are completed in 2022, curbside collection will capture the majority of food waste produced in the RDKB and almost half the food waste produced in the RDCK.
Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund – Organics Infrastructure Program
These projects are funded through the federal-provincial Low Carbon Economy Leadership Fund – Organics Infrastructure Program.