Solid Waste & Recycling


Composting News (August 01, 2003)

B.C. compost facilityAfter five years on research and development, Carney's Waste Systems in the District of Squamish, B.C. recently opened a centralized composting facility. The new facility will hel...

B.C. compost facility

After five years on research and development, Carney’s Waste Systems in the District of Squamish, B.C. recently opened a centralized composting facility. The new facility will help reduce the amount of waste disposed to landfill, provide a sustainable solution to treat bio-solids, extend the life of the landfill, help reduce greenhouse gases, and employ about 15 people. Capital expenditure was about $6-million.

In the 1999 a local government study identified that composting had a diversion potential of 17 per cent. In 2002 a composting program feasibility study recommended a single central composting site for the southern region, located in Squamish, using an in-vessel or agitated-bed process. Wright Environmental Inc.‘s technology, which was identified in the feasibility study as one of the preferred systems, is installed in the new facility. The system, which has been installed internationally, has zero leachate discharge and odours are contained and managed within the vessel with a proven biofilter technology.

Contact Pat Taylor at 604 892-5675 or

Toronto’s Green Bin Program

Toronto’s Green Bin Program — part of the city’s strategy to divert 60 per cent of waste from landfill by 2006 — expanded on June 24, 2003. Organics collection receptacles (one small for the kitchen and a larger one with wheels for the curb) were rolled out to 115,000 single-family households in the district of Scarborough.

According to Brad Duguid of the Toronto Public Works Committee, since the program started in Etobicoke last September, on average about 200 kg per household was diverted, which is the equivalent of about 260 trucks of waste. Organics collection is weekly, garbage and recycling materials are collected biweekly, and yard waste is also collected every second week until October (when it will switch to weekly).

Since the Keele Valley landfill site closed on December 31, 2002, all the city’s waste is trucked to a private landfill in Michigan. Disposal costs have increased by more than 300 per cent. About one-third of waste is organic material that can be processed into compost for use on farms and parklands instead of disposed to landfill. The purpose of the Green Bin program is to divert these organic materials from Michigan landfill and turn them into compost.

The program will be further extended to the districts of North York and East York in 2005.

Call 416-338-2010 or e-mail

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