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Vernon to revive popular compost program

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January 29, 2020 - 11:45 AM

The City of Vernon is bringing back a popular compost program that was cut early last year due to its popularity.

On Jan. 27, the City of Vernon approved $27,000 for the compost program, which is set to be rolled out in the near future.

The program will see six compost bins placed in different locations around the city where members of the public can drop off their household compost. The exact location of the bins has as yet not been decided.

"I’m excited that we are able to continue to provide this service," Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming said in a media release. "The community has demonstrated strong support for composting and continuing the bin program will divert a substantial amount of organic material from the landfill. Organics diversion through composting can almost eliminate the Greenhouse Gas emissions associated with the disposal of food waste."

The City rolled out a pilot compost program in April 2019 with a $5,000 budget.

The program was expected to last for 12-months but due to the popularity came to end after six months when the money ran out.

It was estimated the two bins would need emptying once a week but filled up quickly meaning they needed emptying twice a week, adding to the cost. The compost was then taken to the Spa Hills Compost plant near Salmon Arm.

The City says the compost bins will be able to accept food scraps, paper, leaves and small amounts of garden trimmings. For more information about what can be composted, go here.

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