Across Canada, organics are now at bat and the composting team is in the midst of some great plays and scoring opportunities. And it’s all because of a lot of base hits from many folks and organizations over many years.
In our rookie season, we cheered when leaf and yard materials became fodder for municipal and residential compost piles.
The roar got louder with the mass distribution of backyard compost bins and the advent of pilot tests of residential organics curbside collection programs.
Our batting order of smaller communities taking on the organics challenge, winning and announcing their triumphs built credibility with larger population bases.
The pressure from closing landfills helped intensify the interest in the game.
Sometimes there have been bunts and errors. But even these have built our collective experience base and allowed our game strategy to get better.
And it’s now 2004, we are heading towards the 14th Annual National Composting Conference in Gatineau-Ottawa in September and the World Series is starting to look pretty good!
The power of organics recovery to address diversion objectives is building our momentum. Its sustainability will be ensured when we equally embrace a manufacturing and marketing attitude, creating value-added compost products to meet the needs of various end-user groups.
The National Review of the Compost Standard, the pending introduction of the Compost Quality Alliance, the announcements and implementation of provincial diversion strategies, Nutrient Management plans and the interest in composting to address various agricultural and wastewater residual opportunities — all of these are helping to make our game more exciting and full of hope.
We’ve got some great innings ahead!
Susan Antler is executive director of the Composting Council of Canada. Contact Susan at firstname.lastname@example.org