Digging into waste

Rats moved into my compost pile this fall, so we decommissioned it, for the time being, until we can potentially starve the buggers out. This week, as I tossed my food scraps into the garbage bin, I felt a pang – what a waste! All that glorious compost! Going to landfill! It’s a crime. I’ve fed my garden beds every spring with my own compost. It’s such a miraculous marvellous process to me – to close the energy loop, to know that every scrap of leftover food or peel is actually nourishing, has a role to play, is a kind of wealth… it’s not garbage. To make sure no more of it goes into the trash, and explore my alternatives, I logged on to the Zero in on Waste Facebook page from the SLRD.

I mean, obviously, I could get a cat. To kill the rats. And continue as I was. But do a better job at covering each compost load with brown waste – grass clippings and leaf litter.

Or, I could get worms. Indoor worms. To generate super soil indoors from their vermicompost headquarters.




Or, I could recreate my compost set-up, so instead of being a big pile, it’s contained in a pest-resistant bin (which would also help keep the bears and local dogs out.)

But, short of that, and for the time being:

I can continue to collect my food scraps and organics, and drop them to the Pemberton Transfer Station, where they go to Sea to Sky Soils’ composting facility in the Rutherford Valley.

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The SLRD has recently launched a suite of videos about their waste transfer operations… in this one about the Pemberton Waste Transfer Station, Brooke Carere explains:

  • Waste audits show that about 50% of the waste we throw away is often food waste or food scraps!
  • This is accepted for free at the Pemberton Transfer Station
  • Kitchen catchers are available for free from the SLRD office, or at the Farmers Market in the summer.
  • Take off your stickers and twist ties. They will contaminate the compostable waste stream.

Check out the video, and learn how many different things are actually recyclable, including mountain bike tires, batteries and light bulbs! It’s a cool behind-the-scenes look at one of the most essential services in our community.

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