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Friendly Composting will pick up your organic waste in Kamloops, and you can't beet that

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April 14, 2020 - 6:30 PM

When you’re stuck indoors longterm, a build up of smelly compost in your home is the last thing you need.

If you're in this pickle, we have the good news you've bean waiting for. 

Friendly Composting in Kamloops had been planning to launch their organic waste pick-up project for awhile, but present times have presented them with a unique opportunity.

"More people are creating new habits right now, they’re trying the new recipes, they’re home more with their families," said owner Katie Forsyth. "So why not now?"

Friendly Composting has developed a subscriber system, where residents pay $20 a month for weekly no contact waste pick-up. Right now, new subscribers can get their first month for $10. 

In times where the safety and stability of communities is under threat, composting can be an easy way for anyone to make a difference.

"This could be a nice, simple way of adding value to the day," Forsyth said. "Just knowing that being at home, cooking these meals, spending time with your family… you can be part of something bigger while doing that."

The City of Kamloops does not currently have a city-wide composting program in place, but Forsyth is hopeful it will happen in the near future. In the meantime, she and her business partner want to fill in the gaps.

The organic waste they collect goes to a sustainable ranching farm in Barnhartvale.

“It’s processed there, turned back into compost soil and used to grow vegetables. And then that’s used to feed their livestock,” said Forsyth.

The farm manufactures organic, grass-fed beef and lamb, which is sold back into the community.

Friendly Composting will pick up from Aberdeen, Pineview and Dufferin on Tuesdays, Sahali and Downtown on Wednesdays and Sun Rivers, Valleyview and Juniper on Thursdays.

Subscribers to the service can leave their bin a distance from their home, and know that a fully cleaned and sanitized bin will be left in its place by Forsyth or her business partner. 

Friendly Composting follows these City guidelines to ensure that everything they pick up is compostable, and that no items that attract animals are included.

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