Organics Diversion for Businesses and Organizations

In November 2015, a recommendation to endorse a Regional Organics Diversion Strategy (Strategy) for the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) was approved by the CSRD Board of Directors.  Key components of the Strategy include the identification of sources and estimates of available food waste and a work plan/timeline for implementation.  The Strategy identified the need for a financial review of the solid waste system, a food waste collection trial with a local processing facility and a ban on the disposal of commercial food waste at the Salmon Arm Landfill. 
A financial review of the solid waste program was conducted and the tipping fee bylaw has been amended with an updated version.  The new tipping fee Bylaw No. 5737 “CSRD Solid Waste Disposal Tipping Fee and Regulation” identifies when materials in the waste stream become “marketable” and the consequences for mixing “marketable” waste with other waste for disposal.   
The Bylaw defines “marketable” waste as materials that can be directed to a Provincial Product Stewardship Program, a Regional District program or a commercial market through waste reduction, reuse or recycling opportunities.  The mixing of marketable waste with unmarketable wastes will render the entire load “unmarketable” and therefore a “mixed load ($160/tonne)” rate will be levied.  If unmarketable wastes are not mixed with marketable wastes the “refuse ($80/tonne)” rate will be applied.   
Spa Hills Farm Inc. operates a composting facility in the Salmon Arm area, and has grown to offer commercial composting to businesses throughout the Okanagan valley.  As a result, commercially generated food waste in the Salmon Arm area is now considered “marketable”, as a viable commercial market alternative is available for organics disposal.   
This letter is being sent to you on behalf of your commercial waste hauler to provide you with advanced notice to establish the mechanism to separate commercially generated organic material for delivery to the commercial market, rather than the local CSRD landfill site.  The CSRD is prepared to visit with local business owners and share supplies/education materials to facilitate food waste diversion.  Haulers are also prepared to develop options with their clients which may include altering existing bins and collection schedules. 
In order to avoid being charged the mixed load rate of $160 per tonne for wastes mixed with organic materials, the CSRD recommends you contact your current service provider as soon as possible to implement organics diversion.  The CSRD will be working with local haulers to follow up with businesses that do not comply.   Starting in January 2018, the CSRD intends to enforce the “mixed load” rate on loads that are found to contain commercial food waste. 
The CSRD welcomes your questions and would be happy to meet with individual businesses in order to collaborate on solutions to effectively advance the Strategy.  


Ben Van Nostrand,  Team Leader
Environmental Health Services

T: 250.833.5940

What Items Must be Diverted  
Plate Scrapings
Fruits and Vegetables
Egg Shells and Dairy Products
Pastries, Cookies, Cakes, Muffins
Meat, Fish, Shellfish, Bones
Bread, Noodles, Rice, Beans, Grains
Jams, Sauces, Salad Dressings
Nuts, Seeds, Chips, Popcorn, Candy
Paper Plates, Paper Towels, Napkins
Coffee Filters, Tea Bags
Oils and Fats