Nelson approves organics waste diversion program, in principle, with conditions

There was a lot of discussion this week at Nelson Council when it came to the collection of organic waste.

The RDCK  had set down a deadline for this week to opt in to the regional composting program.

Council has approved, in principle, the partnership with the RDCK to implement an organics waste diversion program, where the city will collect residential organic waste via curbside collection and provide a letter of support to be used in the RDCK's grant funding applications...but there are a number of conditions.

Including that the RDCK create a separate service bylaw to implement the program.

That they guarantee the program will be self funded and any financial losses recovered from the participants, and that the RDCK will increase tipping fees at Grohman Narrows transfer station towards a user fee system as identified in the central composting strategy.

They've also made a motion that council explore the opportunity for residents to opt out of curbside collection of organic waste on the condition they participate in an approved alternative organics diversion strategy.