Advocate for food composting to visit Kamloops council this month

A Kamloops resident hopes to present healthy support for an organics collection program later this month at city hall.

An online petition that pushes for the city to implement a curbside composting program will go to city council at the end of August.

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Addie de Candole spearheaded the petition and said she will be in council chambers on Aug. 27 to demonstrate support for the initiative.

Through the end of July, about 1,200 people had added their names to the campaign.

She said about 100 continue to add their names daily, with the initiative having launched in the past two weeks.

“It’s a lot more than we thought,” de Candole said.

“I have heard a few people who want to get involved. They’ve been really positive. I haven’t really heard any pushback.”

The petition calls for curbside organics collection, with food scraps from homes and restaurants to be composted.

De Candole said Kamloops residents waste almost 700 kilograms of food per person per year, with nearly half of the waste compostable.

The idea for a curbside compost program has been discussed at city hall in the past, but the city says it is waiting to solidify its biosolids management plan, which could include organics collection.

The problem the city faces is not in collecting organics, but in what to do with it once collected.

The petition can be found online.

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