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 scraps. Pre-treatment transforms food scraps into an odorless and sterile soil amendment that can be used to enhance your garden or collected by the City. The program will include regular curbside collection and a range of educational materials on how to use the pre-treatment appliances effectively.
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.