Compost Event at Foothills Landfill
Prince George, B.C.- Gardeners who are getting a jump on their annual chores are welcome to get some free compost from the Foothills Landfill this Sunday.
For the cost of a donation of a non perishable food item ( for the St. Vincent DePaul Society) Regional District staff will load a pick up truck or trailer with about 2 metres of the soil enhancing compost.
This will actually be a three way win says Rachael Ryder, Waste Diversion Program Leader with the Regional District of Fraser Fort George “Gardeners get compost, the St. Vincent De Paul Society gets the food donations, and the Landfill gets to reduce its compost pile in preparation for the changes to the entrance to the Foothills Landfill.”
The entrance project is expected to start next year, and will see traffic entering the landfill in the area where the compost is currently stored.
“We make about 5 batches of compost each year, which totals about 2,000 cubic metres” says Ryder who adds that other than this free event, a load of compost normally costs $30 dollars. “We find that those who take advantage of this free event often return later and pay for extra loads.” The compost, called NorGrow, is produced in accordance with the Provincial Organic Matter Recycling Regulation, and is classified as a Class A compost. It is produced from local yard and garden waste of grass clippings, leaves, shrubs, and branches. There are no biosolids (residuals from the municipal wastewater treatment plant) in NorGrow.
To make sure the compost loading doesn’t conflict with normal operations at the Landfill, the gates will be open at 8 am on Sunday for those who want compost, while garbage won’t be accepted until 10. Ryder advises those who are making the trip to get compost refrain from making this a double duty visit ” If they bring garbage, they will have to wait to get on the scales, then get back in line for the compost”. No truck or trailer? No problem, Ryder says you can bring buckets to be filled.
Last year, 250 pick up loads of compost (about 500 cubic metres) were moved during the free compost day .
The event runs from 8 a.m to noon on Sunday.