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Northern Roots Compost program uses biosolids in soil

Last Updated Apr 24, 2017 at 1:12 pm MST

PHOTO. The Noirthern Roots Compost demo garden is located across from the Doug Barnes Cabin at the mouth of Birchwood Trails. Melanie Walsh. REPORTER.

The Northern Roots Compost program will be introduced through a series of public information sessions in late-April and mid-May.

“I’m very excited about Northern Roots Compost,” Said Nina Caines, Manager of Parks. “There are a lot of opportunities for beautifying our region using this local resource. It’s reassuring to see we’re exploring additional ways to manage waste and reuse it an environmentally friendly way that’s beneficial for all residents.”

The program is the Municipality’s biosolids compost that is produced at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Regional Landfill. The compost consists of yard waste, wood chips, and biosolids from the WWTP that have been processed under the same regulations as compost sold at garden centres.

 

PHOTO. Northern Roots Compost is produced at the Wastewater Treatment Plant and Regional Landfill. The compost consists of yard waste, wood chips, and biosolids from the WWTP that have been processed under the same regulations as compost sold at garden centres. Melanie Walsh. REPORTER.
PHOTO. Northern Roots Compost consists of yard waste, wood chips, and biosolids from the Wastewater Treatment Plant. It has a much more woody fragrance than regular soil. Melanie Walsh. REPORTER.

“This is not a new waste management concept,” said Fred Thompson-Brown, Manager of Solid Waste Services. “We’ve been exploring the possibility of using composted biosolids in our region since 2010. Composted and recycled biosolids have been in use for hundreds of years and are being looked at much more closely by municipalities across North America.”

The public information sessions will be held on the following dates:

  • Apri 28-30: Spring Trade Show at MacDonald Island (Friday 1-9 p.m.) (Saturday 10 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.) (Sunday 10 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
  • May 13: Beside the tennis courts by the Doug Barnes Cabin (located at Tamarack Way at the trailhead to Birchwood Trails) Times for this session will be determined soon.

 

Residents are also welcome to visit a demonstration garden located by the tennis Courts by Doug Barnes Cabin.

Although it remains too early for planting season, raised planters have been installed with Northern Roots Compost mixed with garden soil at different ratios.

The Municipality values the environment as our natural, community and economic foundation to Build a Sustainable Region.

In the coming weeks, the plants will continue to grow in the garden, and residents are encouraged to visit throughout the summer to observe the effectiveness of the compost.

You can find out more about the Northern Roots Compost program.