Category Archives: Seeing what our communities are doing

Diverting organic waste for the benefit of our soils – 9 years of teaching

I love how our communities are integrating the importance of diverting organic waste, and recycling it into compost that improves our soil and our food sustainability! One of my privileges with the Compost Facility Operators Course, is to assist our communities … Continue reading

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City of Merritt’s Vision for Sustainability in 2008

The City of Merritt, in the Nicola Valley, had an excellent vision for sustainability. In 2008, Merritt asked for proposals to compost their Class B biosolids. The request for proposals referenced a report that concluded: “Composting in Merritt and the … Continue reading

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On-farm Composting Increasingly Becoming Favored Option for Animal Mortality Management

Composting animal mortalities on farm is increasingly becoming a favored option of carcass management, particularly following disease outbreaks. Part of this reason is because mass burial, burning, or landfilling are no longer sustainable options in many areas. Although animal rendering … Continue reading

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Solid Waste Association of North America Honors Canadian Composting Facility – Lafleche Environmental

We as Canadians can be proud of yet another Canadian company that has achieved high honors in North America. Lafleche Environmental in eastern Ontario recently was awarded a gold medal at the WASTECON National Conference in Florida for its composting … Continue reading

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New Years Reflections on Composting 2015

Its amazing that no matter how long I have been involved with composting and soils, I am always learning! This past year, I learned more about our world supply of phosphorus, and how it contains heavy metals and radionuclides. This provides … Continue reading

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Fruit and Vegetable Buyers Drive Compost Quality

The quality of our compost produced in Canada may now be dictated in part by the purchasers of fruits and vegetables. In an announcement on July 22, 2014, CanadaGAP stated that as of April 1, 2015: “the person responsible selects/purchases … Continue reading

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