NDP MLA Russell says new organic waste projects in the South Okanagan will help fight climate change

SOUTH OKANAGAN – New Democrat MLA Roly Russell says a new organic waste projects in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS), Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB), and Town of Oliver will help decrease greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs and produce compost for residents.

“People in the South Okanagan will soon have one more way to actively fight climate change and reduce their waste,” said MLA Russell. “Reducing our emissions is something we have to work on collectively, and I’m excited to see Oliver, the Regional District, and the Osoyoos Indian Band stepping up to do exactly that. Composting organic waste extended landfill lifespans, reduces emissions, and creates a useful end product. It’s just one of many issues we have to address, but work like this from regional, Indigenous, and provincial governments gives me hope that we’re on the right path.”

These projects are part of the BC NDP government’s CleanBC Organic Infrastructure and Collection Program. The RDOS and OIB will receive $304,460 from the province for a new food and yard waste collection program serving 2,600 residential households within Electoral Areas A and C and the OIB. The Town of Oliver will receive $22,000 for a food and yard waste collection program serving an additional 2,600 residents.

Launched in 2020, the program is providing up to $25.9 million, over three years, to communities to develop or expand their ability to divert organic waste from landfills. Through cost-sharing arrangements, the funding recipients are contributing at least one-third of eligible project costs.

Investing in organic waste diversion is one part of a much bigger picture. CleanBC is the province’s pathway to a more prosperous, balanced and sustainable future. It supports our BC NDP government’s commitment to climate action to meet B.C.’s emission targets and build a cleaner, stronger economy for everyone.

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For more information on B.C.’s Organics Infrastructure and Collection Program, visit: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2021ENV0071-002313

To learn more about CleanBC, visit: www.cleanbc.gov.bc.ca