Organic Waste Diversion
Nelson City Council in partnership with the RDCK is committed to diverting organics from the waste stream. The RDCK completed an organic diversion strategy for the region and has received funding to develop a central compost site.
A residential organics diversion program is currently being developed. Upon implementation, residents will be equipped with an in-home appliance that will mash and dehydrate food waste. This process is referred to as ‘pre-treatment’ and substantially reduces the weight and volume of food waste. Pre-treatment transforms food scraps into an odorless and dry soil amendment that can be used to enhance your garden or collected by the City. The program will include regular collection and a range of educational materials on how to use the pre-treatment appliances effectively.
For more program details see the Organic Waste Diversion FAQs.
To be added to the early adopters list, sign up here.
Food Waste Reduction:
With the rising cost of food, a great way to save money on your grocery bills is to reduce food waste at home. About 1/3 of all food produced is lost or wasted every year but small changes in how you shop, cook, and use food at home will have a lasting impact on your wallet.
Did you know that food waste is also one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in BC? Reducing food waste is one of the simplest things we can do to decrease our impact on the environment. When food waste ends up in the landfill it creates methane – a greenhouse gas 20 times more powerful than carbon dioxide!
Here are some easy techniques to reduce your food waste at home:
A great way to reduce our food waste is to determine what is avoidable and what is unavoidable. Here is how to tell the difference:
Aligned with our Nelson Next Climate Plan, The City of Nelson is currently developing its organics program to help residents manage their household food waste. While some food waste is unavoidable, preventing food waste in the first place is the best solution.
The City ran the initial Food Cycler Pilot Program with 151 participants in April, May and June of 2020. To see the results of this pilot program, click on the image below.
The City also ran ThoughtExchange for participants in conjunction with the pilot-program. To view these results, click here.
In 2017, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) issued a Resource Recover Plan Community Survey for Nelson and area. Click here for the results of this survey.
To learn more about the RDCK's Regional Organic Waste Diversion Strategy, click on the image below.