Ladysmith purchases new property for composting


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The Town of Ladysmith has secured a new site for their composting operation.

This comes after residents confronted the Town’s mayor on Jan. 11 and demanded action, saying a foul smell has lingered over homes in the area since last summer.

The new site, located in an industrial zoned area south of the city centre, will be built complete with bio-filters to control odour.

“We are pleased that our lengthy search for a suitable property to house our bio-solids composting facility has finally been successful,” said Mayor Aaron Stone.

“Our main focus continues to be finding an interim partner to process our bio-solids until we can move the entire operation away from our Public Works Yard and neighbouring residential areas.”

In the interim, the Town has secured an agreement to send its bio-solids to the Comox Valley sewerage service composting facility for up to five weeks.

“Sending our bio-solids to the facility in Cumberland is the first step toward a solution that will carry us through until our own composting facility is fully operational,” Stone added.

In addition to the cost of transporting bio-solids from Ladysmith to Cumberland, the Town will pay a tipping fee of $100 per tonne to the Comox Valley Regional District.

Composting of biosolids from waste water treatment in Ladysmith has taken place at the yard since the 1990’s. Council voted last summer to delay construction of a new facility until the operation could be moved to a different location.