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.  The RDCK is in the process of determining what areas the curb-side collection would serve and the cost per household to provide this service.  Council has agreed to support a curbside program but also allows our residents and businesses to divert their organics in other ways.  All residents and businesses will have to divert their organics from the landfill when the Organic Waste Diversion Program is fully adopted. Options being explored in addition to curb-side collection are backyard composting and using a product such as the FoodCycler. The City has completed an initial pilot project with the FoodCycler with positive results and Council has approved expanding this pilot to additional households and businesses.   

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.

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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.