Project Status: Completed

Metro Vancouver’s Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan (ISWRMP) has a goal of diverting 80% of solid waste generated away from disposal (currently we divert 64%). Organics were banned from disposal in 2015, and there has been significant increases in services (such as curbside collection of food scraps from homes and businesses) and infrastructure (such as new and expanded facilities that compost, digest, and/or produce animal feed products from unwanted food and other organic materials. However, compostable organics are still the largest single component of municipal solid waste going to disposal

In recent years, challenges have arisen in the composting industry, including odour problems, rising costs, and limited end markets for compost products. To manage these challenges, we must have the necessary data with which to evaluate future organics management options – e.g. choosing the best locations for organic waste transfer sites and composting facilities. Developing such data helps balance the sometimes conflicting desires to (a) minimize distances between organic waste producers and compost processors, (b) maximize the distance between potential odour sources and population centres, and (c) minimize distances between compost processors and end users of compost products.

The purpose of the project is:

  • To develop location-specific data on current and future compost product markets and demand in BC
  • To provide data as a basis for (a) planning the most efficient public and private organics management infrastructure, and (b) eventually feeding into a broader integrated organic materials management plan that would include not just compost-related products, but also agricultural-related nutrient sources (e.g. manures, stover/chaff, etc.) and biosolids.