There is currently no compost collection service available in Courtenayand we would very much like to change that! Together we can reduce the landfill waste in the Comox Valley!
We understand that most people really care about the environment and want to do their bit, but maintaining a healthy compost system poses a lot of restrictions. It's messy, time consuming and requires a decent amount of space. This means that less people compost their organic waste, which results in avoidable waste being directed to the landfill.
With our service we'll do the dirty work and make composting accessible to all, convenient and affordable.
Typically in Canada, landfills are the main option for waste management with a small amount being incinerated. Landfills are not an ideal solution to say the least; they're costly, unsightly and require large areas of land, they also have a "lifespan" and contribute significantly to global warming. In a recent study it was found that Canada produces more waste per capita than any other country.* A great deal of this was organic wastethat was edible and/or compostable.
So, about that landfill...the less waste we put into it, the longer it will take to fill up. The organic waste can be used in the way that nature intended - turned into nutrient rich soil to grow our future fruits and vegetables, We can use it to sustain ourselves, our farms, our community and our environment.
*Waste CRC Research 2014
Support local farms and businesses
We are currently working with Raincoast Farms based in Merville, BC. Your waste will be taken to the farm to undergo a Bokashi fermentation process before being added to compost piles. This will be made into healthy soil which can be used to grow clean, delicious and local food. All of our customers will receive a 10% discount off all items sold at Raincoast Farms.
As we grow our business we are open to connecting with additional farms and partners to help compost organic waste throughout the city. Right now, we are primarily focusing on providing a residential service, but our intention is to offer a service to all local businesses and restaurants in Courtenay as soon as possible.
However, we still want to hear from you. Learning to understand the needs of the community is important to us, so please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Organic Strawberries from Raincoast Farms
Promote sustainable growing
When we waste food, the significance of that waste goes far beyond a rotten pepper or some moldy bread. It means that all of the resources that went into growing, harvesting, shipping, selling and preparing the food, are also wasted.
We think that the less time food takes to get from the farm and onto our plate the better! Food will be fresher meaning a higher nutrient content,a better taste and less carbon foot print left behind.
Today, as a global population, we are facing some serious environmental challenges. Luckily, there are lots of simple things that we can do to reduce our carbon footprint, without having to make drastic changes to our daily living. Composting is a very effective way to ensure that you're being green!
Sustainable growing involves quality soil which will host a balanced ecosystem requiring relatively little interference from the grower. The needs of the plant are monitored and responded to accordingly with natural methods. The quality of soil directly affects the food grown in and from it, therefore it affects us and our health. The soil made from your organic waste will be completely pesticide, herbicide and chemical free.