City trying to spike sales of Ogogrow fertilizer

The City is making some changes in the way it sells its homemade fertilizer.

Every year, Kelowna produces about 65,000 cubic yards of Ogogrow, which is made from recycled sewage, wood waste, and wood ash.

But since 2011, the city hasn't been able to sell it off quickly enough, and is now over capacity in storing it at the Glenmore landfill.

Utility services manager Kevin Van Vliet says up to now, it's been cheaper to buy in Vernon, and that needs to change.

"Eliminate the price difference that we charge for Ogogrow from the Glenmore landfill, vis-a-vis the Commonage facility in Vernon," he said.

"What we have historically done is we have said we produce it at the facility in Vernon, it costs us about $4-5 more to bring it to the landfill, and we would charge that extra $4-5 more at the landfill."

He says the other change will be making it cheaper for customers who buy in bulk.

"Continue to increase the drop in price for large-volume purchasers. So as you continue to buy more, the price per cubic yard, for each additional cubic yard continue to drop. That was based on some feedback from some of our large suppliers."

Right now, about 50,000 cubic yards of Ogogrow is being stored in Glenmore.