The Town of Osoyoos is supporting a Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen request to support a funding application to develop a compost site at the Oliver Landfill.

Council Monday voted to provide a letter of support for an $800,000 application to the Organic Infrastructure Program for the development of a facility that would accept residential food waste from the South Okanagan, including Oliver and Osoyoos and the surrounding electoral areas and Osoyoos Indian Band.

The project is estimated to cost $1.2 million and, according to the RDOS, would allow “for the safe and effective composting of residential food waste, agricultural waste and yard waste.”

The grant will cover up to two-thirds of the construction costs.

The request follows a 2017 search for a region-wide site for a proposed $21-million organic composting facility. That project collapsed after the District of Summerland — the preferred location for the facility — refused to allow its construction.

In January 2018, Mayor Sue McKortoff suggested to the RDOS board that several regional facilities be built to deal with organic waste — including using the RDOS’s Oliver facility for household waste from the South Okanagan.

“What I suggested . . . was that we need to — if we can’t find a site that’s going to accept all of this — use Oliver for Oliver-Osoyoos household organics,” she said.

The RDOS says feasibility studies show that a “properly designed and operated residential food waste compost site would generate little odour.”

In a letter to Council, the RDOS said support would not mean the Town would be obligated to provide financial assistance nor would it mean a commitment to residential food collection.

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