Those potato peels and apple cores thrown into Greater Victoria’s green bins are a small step closer to being processed at home.
Capital Regional District directors have agreed to a two-year contract with D.L. Bins Ltd. to haul and process kitchen scraps. The Central Saanich company has said it will haul and process some of the scraps at Enviro-Smart Organics in Delta.
But for those CRD directors who are intent on doing things close to home, D.L. Bins has also identified Fisher Road Recycling in Cobble Hill as another site where it will process waste.
“A portion will be processed on the Island,” said CRD director Ben Isitt, a Victoria councillor. “So it gets us closer to the in-region processing of kitchen scraps.”
Kitchen scraps collected from Victoria, Esquimalt, Oak Bay, Sidney and View Royal have been trucked to Richmond and broken down to produce heat and compost.
Scraps from the Western Communities, which are collected by private contractors, are also shipped to Richmond. Saanich has its own contract to truck kitchen scraps to Fisher Road.
The new CRD contract represents an annual savings of about $250,000.