Organic Waste Diversion

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Diverting Organic Waste from RDCK Landfills:

The RDCK now has disposal and processing infrastructure to accept and turn organic waste into compost, diverting this material from our finite, regional landfills.

Check out this video about the Castlegar Curbside Green Bin Program and the Central Composting Facility!

Public Access

Separated Organic Waste can now be disposed of at the following RDCK facilities:

Visit the RDCK Website for more info, or call (250) 352-8161 before arriving for up-to-date Facility Operating Hours and Closures.

All Facilities are CLOSED on ALL Statutory Holidays

Facility

Hours of Operation

Creston Landfill

  • Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Central (Salmo) Transfer Station

  • Summer (May 1 to September 30)
    Wednesday & Saturday
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Winter (October 1 to April 30)
    Wednesday & Saturday
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Grohman Narrows Transfer Station

  • Monday to Saturday
    8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Ootischenia Landfill

  • Summer (April 1 to October 31)
    Monday to Saturday
    8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Winter (November 1 to March 31)
    Monday to Saturday
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm


The fee is $2.50 per container (120L max), up to 4 containers. If container loads are brought in with Mixed Waste, the first container can be disposed of for free.

More than 4 containers will be charged the minimum fee of $9.75; or, if weighing more than 100kgs, 10% of tonnage at $96.75/tonne.

Any loads from the public that could fill a pick-up truck bed (1.5m³) requires 48-hour notice. Call 250-352-8161 to book a disposal appointment.

Accepted Materials

The RDCK Composting Facilities can take a wider range of materials than can typically be composted at home, such as meats, small bones, dairy and cooked foods.

  • Fruits and vegetables (without stickers) meat, fish, shellfish, poultry and small bones dairy products bread, pasta, grains and baked goods tea bags (paper filters only), coffee grounds and filters Food soiled paper towels and napkins
  • Food soiled parchment and butcher paper
  • Food soiled cardboard and paper (pizza boxes, paper take-out containers)
  • Egg shells
  • Animal bedding: straw, hay, wood shavings
  • Fish waste: all parts of fish
  • Livestock manure: from cattle, goats, horses, sheep, pigs, poultry
  • Grass, leaves & straw: Think “soft” yard and garden – doesn't need to be chipped
  • Small twigs, stems, and flowers: less than 2” in diameter and 12” in length
  • Brewery waste/winery waste: non-liquid spent grains, grapes, hops or yeast
  • Butchery waste: meat, fat, skin and small bones (would otherwise be saleable/consumable food)
  • Bones less than 2” in diameter
  • Condemned foods: spoiled and expired food that can't be sold/consumed – without packaging, must be less than 5% liquid
  • Dairy processing waste: non-liquid material from processing dairy

Prohibited Materials

Essentially, if it wasn't once food you'd have in your kitchen, or made of 100% paper/cellulose, it probably doesn’t belong.

  • Plastics: Plastics of any kind will contaminate the compost.
  • Produce stickers are made of plastic! Please ensure they have been removed prior to disposal.
  • Sharps: Sharps in any size or quantity, or items that could produce sharps when put through the mixer will render the compost unsaleable. Examples: glass, plexiglass, needles, syringes, metal, blades.
  • Infested vegetation: basically means trees, shrubs, plants, fruits that show the presence of disease, pathogens or pests.
  • Noxious/Invasive weeds: The RDCK has a great, free program for disposal (landfilling) of noxious weeds (or invasive species). We donʼt want these seeds further spreading through our finished product, and some noxious weeds like scotch broom or knapweed can withstand more heat than the aerated windrows produce.
  • Animal bones greater than 2” in diameter
  • Anything containing more than 5% Free Liquids Cattle waste from abattoirs
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Cooking oil or used cooking oil, (except within cooked or prepared foods i.e., less than 5% of the total volume)
  • Dead animals and parts (i.e. dead pets)
  • Full, unprocessed carcasses, Offal (entrails), hunting or slaughter wastes (hides etc.) Requires separate declaration process to dispose of dead animals in the landfill
  • Domestic septic tank sludge
  • Cat litter and pet feces
  • Municipal wastewater bio-solids
  • Pet hair or human hair

Organic waste disposal is governed by the Resource Recovery Facilities Regulatory Bylaw.

Why Composting, Why Now?

Reduce Landfill Emissions

Rotting organic waste buried in the landfill creates methane (CH4). Methane is a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) more potent that CO2, and traps heat from the sun in the atmosphere. Landfill GHG emissions accelerate climate change, and we are more aware than ever that a changing climate is a problem for everyone.

Extend Landfill Life

We don't have limitless space in our landfills. Keeping organic waste out of the trash frees up much needed capacity and extends their working life. While we’ve planned for the future and manage landfills for the long-term, the added space buys time and reduces the long-term costs of putting what can’t be re-used or recycled in its final resting place.



Less Trash More Soil

Organic waste provides a valuable resource when properly composted. Compost helps recycle nutrients back into soil, and healthy soils grow healthy plants. Additionally, soil itself stores carbon from the atmosphere - the more life within soil, the more carbon captured and stored.

How it Works

Composting occurs when high nitrogen organic material (greens) is mixed with high carbon organic material (browns) in ideal ratios, with plenty of oxygen and proper moisture. This environment allows decomposing microbes to thrive as they rapidly break down these organic wastes into a rich, alive, nutrient dense product known as compost. Compost is an excellent soil amendment, as these nutrients are readily available to plants for their growth.

The Central and Creston Composting Facilities both use active aeration to maintain proper temperature and oxygen levels during the decomposition period. This simple and proven technology combines clean wood and yard and garden waste with food and other organic waste. The mixed material is then placed over aeration piping in long piles called windrows.

This method promotes active decomposition, limits odours, prevents methane generation, and produces a safe, high- quality product. Once available, the RDCK will be selling to the public and making available to partners the Class-A compost produced at these facilities.

Diverting Organic Waste from RDCK Landfills:

The RDCK now has disposal and processing infrastructure to accept and turn organic waste into compost, diverting this material from our finite, regional landfills.

Check out this video about the Castlegar Curbside Green Bin Program and the Central Composting Facility!

Public Access

Separated Organic Waste can now be disposed of at the following RDCK facilities:

Visit the RDCK Website for more info, or call (250) 352-8161 before arriving for up-to-date Facility Operating Hours and Closures.

All Facilities are CLOSED on ALL Statutory Holidays

Facility

Hours of Operation

Creston Landfill

  • Tuesday - Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Central (Salmo) Transfer Station

  • Summer (May 1 to September 30)
    Wednesday & Saturday
    9:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Winter (October 1 to April 30)
    Wednesday & Saturday
    10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Grohman Narrows Transfer Station

  • Monday to Saturday
    8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Ootischenia Landfill

  • Summer (April 1 to October 31)
    Monday to Saturday
    8:30 am - 5:30 pm
  • Winter (November 1 to March 31)
    Monday to Saturday
    8:30 am - 4:00 pm


The fee is $2.50 per container (120L max), up to 4 containers. If container loads are brought in with Mixed Waste, the first container can be disposed of for free.

More than 4 containers will be charged the minimum fee of $9.75; or, if weighing more than 100kgs, 10% of tonnage at $96.75/tonne.

Any loads from the public that could fill a pick-up truck bed (1.5m³) requires 48-hour notice. Call 250-352-8161 to book a disposal appointment.

Accepted Materials

The RDCK Composting Facilities can take a wider range of materials than can typically be composted at home, such as meats, small bones, dairy and cooked foods.

  • Fruits and vegetables (without stickers) meat, fish, shellfish, poultry and small bones dairy products bread, pasta, grains and baked goods tea bags (paper filters only), coffee grounds and filters Food soiled paper towels and napkins
  • Food soiled parchment and butcher paper
  • Food soiled cardboard and paper (pizza boxes, paper take-out containers)
  • Egg shells
  • Animal bedding: straw, hay, wood shavings
  • Fish waste: all parts of fish
  • Livestock manure: from cattle, goats, horses, sheep, pigs, poultry
  • Grass, leaves & straw: Think “soft” yard and garden – doesn't need to be chipped
  • Small twigs, stems, and flowers: less than 2” in diameter and 12” in length
  • Brewery waste/winery waste: non-liquid spent grains, grapes, hops or yeast
  • Butchery waste: meat, fat, skin and small bones (would otherwise be saleable/consumable food)
  • Bones less than 2” in diameter
  • Condemned foods: spoiled and expired food that can't be sold/consumed – without packaging, must be less than 5% liquid
  • Dairy processing waste: non-liquid material from processing dairy

Prohibited Materials

Essentially, if it wasn't once food you'd have in your kitchen, or made of 100% paper/cellulose, it probably doesn’t belong.

  • Plastics: Plastics of any kind will contaminate the compost.
  • Produce stickers are made of plastic! Please ensure they have been removed prior to disposal.
  • Sharps: Sharps in any size or quantity, or items that could produce sharps when put through the mixer will render the compost unsaleable. Examples: glass, plexiglass, needles, syringes, metal, blades.
  • Infested vegetation: basically means trees, shrubs, plants, fruits that show the presence of disease, pathogens or pests.
  • Noxious/Invasive weeds: The RDCK has a great, free program for disposal (landfilling) of noxious weeds (or invasive species). We donʼt want these seeds further spreading through our finished product, and some noxious weeds like scotch broom or knapweed can withstand more heat than the aerated windrows produce.
  • Animal bones greater than 2” in diameter
  • Anything containing more than 5% Free Liquids Cattle waste from abattoirs
  • Diatomaceous earth
  • Cooking oil or used cooking oil, (except within cooked or prepared foods i.e., less than 5% of the total volume)
  • Dead animals and parts (i.e. dead pets)
  • Full, unprocessed carcasses, Offal (entrails), hunting or slaughter wastes (hides etc.) Requires separate declaration process to dispose of dead animals in the landfill
  • Domestic septic tank sludge
  • Cat litter and pet feces
  • Municipal wastewater bio-solids
  • Pet hair or human hair

Organic waste disposal is governed by the Resource Recovery Facilities Regulatory Bylaw.

Why Composting, Why Now?

Reduce Landfill Emissions

Rotting organic waste buried in the landfill creates methane (CH4). Methane is a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) more potent that CO2, and traps heat from the sun in the atmosphere. Landfill GHG emissions accelerate climate change, and we are more aware than ever that a changing climate is a problem for everyone.

Extend Landfill Life

We don't have limitless space in our landfills. Keeping organic waste out of the trash frees up much needed capacity and extends their working life. While we’ve planned for the future and manage landfills for the long-term, the added space buys time and reduces the long-term costs of putting what can’t be re-used or recycled in its final resting place.



Less Trash More Soil

Organic waste provides a valuable resource when properly composted. Compost helps recycle nutrients back into soil, and healthy soils grow healthy plants. Additionally, soil itself stores carbon from the atmosphere - the more life within soil, the more carbon captured and stored.

How it Works

Composting occurs when high nitrogen organic material (greens) is mixed with high carbon organic material (browns) in ideal ratios, with plenty of oxygen and proper moisture. This environment allows decomposing microbes to thrive as they rapidly break down these organic wastes into a rich, alive, nutrient dense product known as compost. Compost is an excellent soil amendment, as these nutrients are readily available to plants for their growth.

The Central and Creston Composting Facilities both use active aeration to maintain proper temperature and oxygen levels during the decomposition period. This simple and proven technology combines clean wood and yard and garden waste with food and other organic waste. The mixed material is then placed over aeration piping in long piles called windrows.

This method promotes active decomposition, limits odours, prevents methane generation, and produces a safe, high- quality product. Once available, the RDCK will be selling to the public and making available to partners the Class-A compost produced at these facilities.

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 Ask a question about the RDCK Organic Waste Diversion Program. Staff will respond to your question within 3-5 business days and post the answer here. 

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  • Share Hi, So I'm a bit confused about the cost... We can bring our household compost waste to grohman and it will cost $2.25 per bucket up to 4 buckets only with household garbage? What would it cost to just bring compost to grohman? I live in Nelson and their compost machine that they have been providing people suck....use a machine and electricity then drive your dehydrated compost to their dumping sites. Not very environmental in my opinion, but hey that's nelson. Ha! I'd love to just drive my compost to grohman if possible. Or have the city pick it up like every other municipality. on Facebook Share Hi, So I'm a bit confused about the cost... We can bring our household compost waste to grohman and it will cost $2.25 per bucket up to 4 buckets only with household garbage? What would it cost to just bring compost to grohman? I live in Nelson and their compost machine that they have been providing people suck....use a machine and electricity then drive your dehydrated compost to their dumping sites. Not very environmental in my opinion, but hey that's nelson. Ha! I'd love to just drive my compost to grohman if possible. Or have the city pick it up like every other municipality. on Twitter Share Hi, So I'm a bit confused about the cost... We can bring our household compost waste to grohman and it will cost $2.25 per bucket up to 4 buckets only with household garbage? What would it cost to just bring compost to grohman? I live in Nelson and their compost machine that they have been providing people suck....use a machine and electricity then drive your dehydrated compost to their dumping sites. Not very environmental in my opinion, but hey that's nelson. Ha! I'd love to just drive my compost to grohman if possible. Or have the city pick it up like every other municipality. on Linkedin Email Hi, So I'm a bit confused about the cost... We can bring our household compost waste to grohman and it will cost $2.25 per bucket up to 4 buckets only with household garbage? What would it cost to just bring compost to grohman? I live in Nelson and their compost machine that they have been providing people suck....use a machine and electricity then drive your dehydrated compost to their dumping sites. Not very environmental in my opinion, but hey that's nelson. Ha! I'd love to just drive my compost to grohman if possible. Or have the city pick it up like every other municipality. link

    Hi, So I'm a bit confused about the cost... We can bring our household compost waste to grohman and it will cost $2.25 per bucket up to 4 buckets only with household garbage? What would it cost to just bring compost to grohman? I live in Nelson and their compost machine that they have been providing people suck....use a machine and electricity then drive your dehydrated compost to their dumping sites. Not very environmental in my opinion, but hey that's nelson. Ha! I'd love to just drive my compost to grohman if possible. Or have the city pick it up like every other municipality.

    ashleigh asked 4 months ago

    Hi there,
    Sorry for the confusion. You can bring any amount of organic waste to any of the four organic waste disposal facilities, with or without other waste categories. There is a per container charge, and a charge by weight if you exceed 4 containers. 

    The per container fee is $2.50. The minimum weight charge is $9.75. 

    That said, if you bring in organic waste by the container, with any amount of mixed waste (garbage), you can dispose of one container of organics for free. For example, if you bring in a bag of garbage to Grohman, it would cost you $4.00 for the garbage, and $0.00 for the container of organics. If you had one bag of garbage, and 2 containers of organics, it would cost you $4.00 for the garbage, and $2.50 for the 2 containers of organics. 

    Hope that makes sense, let us know if not and we'll try to clarify :)
    Cheers,

  • Share I have trouble understanding how I would transport and dump a container of compostable material. Maybe some pictures or a video. on Facebook Share I have trouble understanding how I would transport and dump a container of compostable material. Maybe some pictures or a video. on Twitter Share I have trouble understanding how I would transport and dump a container of compostable material. Maybe some pictures or a video. on Linkedin Email I have trouble understanding how I would transport and dump a container of compostable material. Maybe some pictures or a video. link

    I have trouble understanding how I would transport and dump a container of compostable material. Maybe some pictures or a video.

    Daisy asked 4 months ago

    Hello!
    Thanks for the feedback, Disposal of waste at all RDCK sites is very similar. You enter the site and are charged by the Attendants either by weight or by volume.
    A container of organic waste can be up to 120 liters, but more likely it will be something like a 5 gallon bucket. Staff at the sites will direct you to the correct bin, and there is also plenty of signage. You will need to lift it over the safety gate railing and dump into the organics bin, just like any other waste category. 

    Once full/when needed, bins are transported to a composting facility for processing.
    Let us know if any of that is unclear!
    Thanks, 

  • Share When will free compost be available to Trail residents. Terry Witt on Facebook Share When will free compost be available to Trail residents. Terry Witt on Twitter Share When will free compost be available to Trail residents. Terry Witt on Linkedin Email When will free compost be available to Trail residents. Terry Witt link

    When will free compost be available to Trail residents. Terry Witt

    xxx asked 8 months ago

    Hi there,

    The distribution plan for compost to make it to residents in the RDKB is still being developed. Given programs to accept and process organic waste into compost at our facilities has just started up, it will take some time before there is a supply of compost available for residents. Once there is a plan, both the RDCK and the RDKB will be notifying residents who have an interest in purchasing or receiving compost. Stay tuned!  

    RDCK Resource Recovery

  • Share Will it be possible for residents in our district to use the type of compost machine at home similar to the units now be distributed to City of Nelson residents? Can we obtain such units through the RDCK? on Facebook Share Will it be possible for residents in our district to use the type of compost machine at home similar to the units now be distributed to City of Nelson residents? Can we obtain such units through the RDCK? on Twitter Share Will it be possible for residents in our district to use the type of compost machine at home similar to the units now be distributed to City of Nelson residents? Can we obtain such units through the RDCK? on Linkedin Email Will it be possible for residents in our district to use the type of compost machine at home similar to the units now be distributed to City of Nelson residents? Can we obtain such units through the RDCK? link

    Will it be possible for residents in our district to use the type of compost machine at home similar to the units now be distributed to City of Nelson residents? Can we obtain such units through the RDCK?

    Debby Offermann asked 10 months ago

    Hi there, 

    Thanks for your question. The RDCK is not involved in the City of Nelson's program to supply appliances to residents for organic waste diversion, and does not have a program to provide units to RDCK residents. 

    If you possess an appliance that grinds and dehydrates food waste, that material can either be composted at home, or if available in your area, brought to an RDCK facility that accepts organic waste for disposal. Please visit our website for up-to-date information on which facilities accept separated organic waste. rdck.ca/organics

    If you are wanting to bring your regular organic waste to RDCK facilities, such as kitchen scraps, cooked foods, meats and bones, food soiled paper, and other accepted organic wastes, you can either bring in your material by the container, or if you have more than 4 containers, you can drop it off by weight. 

    If you are bringing in your containers (max 120L) with your regular garbage, the first container is free to dispose of. After that, containers are charged at $2.20 each.

    Thanks again,

    RDCK Resource Recovery


  • Share Where is composting for Nelson residents? Will RDCK take the organic material from Nelson's compost machines and compost that material. Why is there a different composting method for Nelson than outside city limits. Will there be enough food waste to compost without Nelson's organic waste. Will grocery store in Nelson be composting their organic waste? on Facebook Share Where is composting for Nelson residents? Will RDCK take the organic material from Nelson's compost machines and compost that material. Why is there a different composting method for Nelson than outside city limits. Will there be enough food waste to compost without Nelson's organic waste. Will grocery store in Nelson be composting their organic waste? on Twitter Share Where is composting for Nelson residents? Will RDCK take the organic material from Nelson's compost machines and compost that material. Why is there a different composting method for Nelson than outside city limits. Will there be enough food waste to compost without Nelson's organic waste. Will grocery store in Nelson be composting their organic waste? on Linkedin Email Where is composting for Nelson residents? Will RDCK take the organic material from Nelson's compost machines and compost that material. Why is there a different composting method for Nelson than outside city limits. Will there be enough food waste to compost without Nelson's organic waste. Will grocery store in Nelson be composting their organic waste? link

    Where is composting for Nelson residents? Will RDCK take the organic material from Nelson's compost machines and compost that material. Why is there a different composting method for Nelson than outside city limits. Will there be enough food waste to compost without Nelson's organic waste. Will grocery store in Nelson be composting their organic waste?

    Tom Prior asked over 1 year ago

    Hi, thanks for your questions, 

    Information for the City of Nelson Organics Program can be found at nelson.ca/organics. The RDCK is working with the City of Nelson to support receiving the pre-treated material collected from their residential program, and composting it at the RDCK composting facility in Salmo. The City of Nelson program is only for residents of the municipality, and the RDCK has determined that the same method would not be as cost-effective as providing 3-stream curbside services to the Electoral Areas, at this time, and would likely divert less material from the landfill. The RDCK composting facility in Salmo will also be receiving organic wastes from the City of Castlegar and Regional District of Kootenay Boundary Greater Trail Area curbside collection program, as well as the commercial and institutional sectors, including grocery stores, over time.

  • Share How will you certify that people are not sending in inappropriate elements in their compost? on Facebook Share How will you certify that people are not sending in inappropriate elements in their compost? on Twitter Share How will you certify that people are not sending in inappropriate elements in their compost? on Linkedin Email How will you certify that people are not sending in inappropriate elements in their compost? link

    How will you certify that people are not sending in inappropriate elements in their compost?

    notforme asked over 1 year ago

    Hi, thanks for the question,

    The RDCK currently relies on municipalities with curbside services, haulers, and RDCK facility staff to ensure only acceptable materials are received into the composting facilities through education and waste-spotting. Contamination that makes it into the facilities is removed by operators who screen every load, and remove non-compostable items throughout the entire composting process. 

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