Sidney, B.C.; Kitchen waste has come full circle in Sidney, returning in the form of a soil amender that naturally fertilizes the earth while reducing waste to the landfill. During the past few weeks, Town of Sidney Parks staff have been topdressing public gardens with this powerful product; and the gardens look fantastic!
On January 1st, 2014, the Town of Sidney implemented a kitchen organics collection program as a result of the CRD’s ban on kitchen and yard waste to the Hartland Landfill. Since that time, residents have been diligently separating their kitchen waste for collection by the Town’s contractor, Emterra Group, who haul it away to be composted on the Lower Mainland at a “Harvest Power” facility. In 2014 a total of 375 tonnes of kitchen waste was diverted from the landfill in this manner – that’s a 28% reduction in material sent to landfill from Sidney!
Rather than sending empty trucks back to the Island to pick up kitchen scraps, Emterra is returning with a supply of nutrient rich, wonderfully textured soil that is produced from the composted kitchen scraps. Some of these trucks are unloaded at the public works yard, providing a convenience for Town staff that has resulted in much more extensive use of the product.
Harvest Power, the producer of the product, is an award winning organics management company that is helping communities to re-use their organic waste by diverting discarded organic materials from landfills to produce renewable energy, soil, mulch, and natural fertilizer products through anaerobic digestion and composting.
To see the results of this great green project, check out the garden beds in Sidney’s parks and gardens, and remember; you can get this same material at a local landscape supply outlet at favourable prices.
For more information about the product and the process, visit Harvest Power at http://www.harvestpower.com. Happy gardening!
Tim Tanton, Director of Engineering and Works