Organic Management Facilities
Feasibility Study

Public Consultation - April to May 2017

The Regional District undertook public consultation regarding the development of composting facilities in April and May of 2017.

Recommendations from Feasibility Study

The Regional District worked with SLR Consulting to review six sites. Two properties were identified as being preferred for locating a Regional Compost site.

Funding for this Feasibility Study was received through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

Project Background - Organic Management Facilities Feasibility Study

The Organic Management Facilities Feasibility Study is a three Phase project looking at the potential costs of enhancing and creating new local composting facilities:

  • Phase 1: Cost of Composting at Publicly owned sites
  • Phase 2: Consultation with Private Sector to develop proposals for organic management facilities on private land
  • Phase 3: Obtaining costs and benefits for sending waste to potential private compost facilities, comparing public and private sector options and preparing a recommendation on how to proceed

Background Documents

Organic Management Feasibility Assessments for Public Properties

The Regional District commissioned feasibility studies and odour modelling for 8 properties owned or leased by local governments. The purpose was to understand the various costs to develop each site and the potential consequences for neighbouring properties in terms of odour. Different iterations were completed to compare the differences between smaller and larger facilities.

In partnership with the City of Penticton, the Regional District also evaluated the potential for co-digestion of food scraps at the Penticton Advanced Waste Water Treatment Plant (AWWTP).

These reports were funded in part by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Green Municipal Fund.

Key findings:

  • Larger sites are generally more cost effective to treat organic waste than individual community sites due to better economies of scale.
  • The District of Summerland Landfill and Oliver Landfill have good odour control potential due to the relative distance to homes and local wind patterns.
  • There is potential for smaller communities to use an inexpensive method of composting called Open Windrow especially for residential food scraps.

Organic Management Feasibility Assessment of 8 Public Properties

Organic Management Feasibility Assessment - Odour Modelling

Review of Work by SLR Consulting

City of Penticton AWWTP - Co-Digestion Feasibility Assessment