Northern Rockies receives $222,500 for worm compost facility

The Northern Rockies municipality has received a $222,546 grant for a new worm composting facility that will divert organic waste from Fort Nelson's landfill and create high-quality soil.

It's a process known as vermicomposting, which the NRRM has been using as a part of trial project to curb waste and cut emissions at the landfill.

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"Red wiggler worms work with fungi, bacteria and other invertebrates to transform organic matter into castings, which can be used in municipal landscaping or residential gardening," the Ministry of Environment said in a news release.

The facility is estimated to cut landfill emissions by 2,273 tonnes, according to the province.

Funding for the project comes from a new $30-million organics infrastructure program between federal, provincial, and local governments to divert waste away from landfills.

The ministry says organic waste represents 40% of material sent to municipal landfills in B.C., and generates 7.5% of the province's emissions.

Eleven other projects in B.C. have received funding, with all expected to break ground in the spring.

Collectively, the projects are expected to cut emissions by nearly 300,000 tonnes over the next decade, the equivalent to removing 100,000-plus cars from the roads for a year, the ministry said.

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