Siting of Compost Facilities

Current Status: No Site Selected

The RDOS Board determined at their August 3rd, 2017 Committee meeting that:

THAT the Regional District identify the Summerland Landfill as the preferred site for a Regional Compost facility.

The Regional District has contacted the District of Summerland to discuss the RDOS performing additional analysis of the Summerland Landfill property (including environmental, archeological, water, surveying and appraisal) before negotiating a potential lease agreement.

On November 23rd, 2017 the District of Summerland replied that they were 'not interested in exploring the Summerland Landfill site for the proposed compost facility any further.'

Report January 4th, 2018 - Discussion Paper, Summerland Letter and Presentation

Presentation February 1st, 2018 - Presentation on Financial Aspects of Regional Compost site

The RDOS Board on February 1st, 2018 determined to not proceed with further investigation of potentially leasing lands at 2760 Marron Valley Rd for a Regional Compost facility.

Public Consultation Reports

Report June 15th, 2017 - Compiled public consultation comments and correspondence relating to the Campbell Mountain Landfill major projects and the siting of Organics Facilities as of June 4th, 2017.

Report July 6th, 2017 - Presentation of Key Issues from public consultation for siting a Regional Organics Facility, a Technical Memo listing all issues identified through public consultation and potential mitigation strategies and further correspondence received.

Presentation July 20th, 2017 - Presentation related to questions from July 6th Report. 

Report August 3rd, 2017 - Resolutions for consideration on favouring one of the proposed sites, presentation on questions from July 20th meeting, correspondence received and compost marketing study.


The Regional District has finished a comprehensive Feasibility Study (funded in part by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities) looking at the various options to better handle organic waste. Organic waste includes residential and commercial food scraps, wastewater treatment plant sludge, yard waste and wood waste. The Feasibility Study identified two sites best suited for developing a Regional compost site and two landfills capable of dealing with smaller amounts of residential food waste. The Feasibility Study considered the overall cost of various technologies based on the materials received.

Overview Report and Presentation

Regional Compost Site - 2760 Marron Valley Rd

In early 2016, the RDOS asked for companies and landowners to come forward with potential sites for a Regional Compost site. Working with the Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation, two Locatee owners were identified who were interested in potentially leasing land for the project. The potential site would be approximately 1 km from the junction of Highway 3A and Marron Valley Road.

The odour modelling for this site showed a potential for mild odour in the middle of winter for 31 homes using relatively inexpensive odour control. This odour would need to be addressed by upgraded odour control technology if the site were to proceed.

Detailed Odour Modelling Report for 2760 Marron Valley Rd Showing Draft Location of Facility

Map of the Maximum Predicted Odour in One Year - Shows predicted outer limits of 5 to 10 Odour Units for 10 minutes period anytime in one year.

Overview of Key Concerns for Local Residents - 2760 Marron Valley Rd Site

Regional Compost Site - Summerland Landfill

The District of Summerland owns land adjacent to existing Summerland Landfill. The area considered would be accessed from Princeton-Summerland Road. Accessing the site would involve the transport of materials through approximately 7 km of residential area. Additional truck traffic is estimated to be a maximum of 20-25 trucks per week day with additional trucks accessing the site when finished compost would be available for sale.  

The odour modelling report for this site showed minimal concerns of odours. Even so, upgraded odour control technology would be recommended for any facility to avoid any potential issues.

Feasibility Study for Summerland Landfill - Regional Site

Odour Modelling Report for Summerland Landfill (Regional Site)

Map of the Maximum Predicted Odour in One Year - Shows predicted outer limits of 5 to 10 Odour Units for 10 minutes period anytime in one year.

Overview of Key Concerns for Local Residents - Summerland Landfill