Kincardine council has agreed to pursue the option of a compost pilot project in the municipality.
Back in December, representatives of the Compost Council of Canada made a presentation to council, seeking a commitment to be a host community to participate in a study looking at the collection of source-separated organics in smaller communities.
At that time, the organization wanted the support of council and staff in preparation of a project proposal and funding request, to be led by the Compost Council of Canada and submitted for approval by the province as part of the Climate Action Fund currently being set up to fund such activities.
In committee-of-the-whole Wednesday night (Feb. 7), public works director Adam Weishar said if funding were approved, Kincardine could look at a pilot project composting program, collecting such organic waste as food items (fruit/vegetable scraps, meat/fish products, bones, pasta, bread, cereal, dairy products, egg shells, cookies, cakes, coffee filters and grinds, and tea bags), and some solid paper products (soiled paper towels/tissues, soiled paper food packaging).
The Compost Council of Canada would lead a study looking at ways to implement community-based neighbourhood collection and reuse programs, including options for processing the material collected, how to build community support for the programs, and the economics and avoided costs that are realized.
The study group would consist of members of the Compost Council of Canada, Kincardine council, Kincardine public works, Kincardine community groups, and the provincial environment ministry.
“The initial stage is to put forward a proposal for funding,” said Weishar. “The pilot project be for a two-year period to see how it works, and then review the results. It's a good opportunity to try out this program in a small rural municipality to see if it's viable.”
Committee-of-the-whole agreed to move ahead with the project, and that was endorsed later by council.