Pre-treatment is an alternative method to a conventional curbside compost program. Pre-treatment works by mashing and dehydrating household food waste and produces a sterile and odour-free soil amendment that is ~90% less in weight and volume. Pre-treatment doesn’t attract pests, is easy to store, and requires fewer collection days than other curbside compost programs.
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The program is expected to begin its first phase of rollouts in mid-2022. The program will be implemented in phases to ensure smooth uptake in the community and will take 1-2 years to engage the whole community.
All residents living within Nelson's city limits will be eligible to participate in the organics diversion program however rollout will take place in phases.
A pre-treatment appliance is an in-home clean technology that transforms food waste into a natural soil amendment. About the size of a bread maker, pre-treatment appliances pulverize and dehydrate food scraps breaking them down in a matter of hours. The weight and volume of food scraps are reduced by ~90%, leaving users with sterile biomass that is easy to store and can be used in backyard gardening or collected by the City.
Organics will be collected up to 8 times a year, once the program is fully operational.