Select Page

Peachland closes compost site

Peachland closes compost site


The District of Peachland will close its compost site on October 1, adhering to provincial environmental regulations that limit burning and saving $350,000 in new costs to municipal taxpayers.

“In the past we’ve been able to chip or burn material, but without strict monitoring at the gate, we’ve accumulated a mixture of materials that makes chipping cost-prohibitive,” says Peachland Mayor Cindy Fortin. “We’ve been given clear notice from the Ministry of Environment that burning will no longer be permitted on the site.”

Peachland Council explored a number of options for the site, but rejected the costs of full-time staffing and additional hauling and grinding costs that could reach up to $350,000 each year.

Peachland incurs annual operating costs of $50,000 to $60,000 for the site, which is managed under an operational certificate from the Ministry of Environment that limits the use of the property to the transfer and storage of woody debris. The facility had operated as an active landfill from 1970 until 1997.
In 2009, the Regional District of the Central Okanagan extended its curbside recycling program to Peachland residents. Yard waste is collected every other week from March to the end of November through the green bin program.

“Peachland residents are already paying for curbside yard waste recycling and for access to the Westside Transfer Station, where larger loads of residential yard waste can be dropped at no cost,” says Fortin. “We’re also encouraging residents to look at other recycling initiatives, such as adding a backyard compost bin and following the practice to leave grass clippings on the lawn when you mow.”

For a small fee residents can add a second yard waste bin, or opt for a larger green bin for a fee of only $10 per year. Smaller prunings and branches up to 5 cm (2 in) in diameter and less than one metre (3 ft) long are permitted in the green bins.

Loads of residential yard waste up to 250 kg can be dropped off for free at the Westside Transfer Station. Located on Asquith Road in West Kelowna, the facility is open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Peachland worked closely with local licensed yard maintenance companies leading up to the closure and will look to provide commercial access to the compost site on a user-pay fee basis for licensed landscaping businesses located within the municipality’s boundaries. Other commercial businesses transporting wood debris from Peachland properties are required to use the Glenmore Landfill in Kelowna.

For more information on waste and recycling, see


Related Post

About The Author


Okanagan Life captures the essence of life in the Okanagan Valley with informative and entertaining features on issues that matter to people who live or vacation in this great region, plus stories on Okanagan destinations, personalities, wine, food, history, outdoor recreation and more. We're now in our 30th year of publishing. Subscribe

30,000 giveaway for small business okanagan

Current Issue

yearly-subscribeDigital Edition - Yearly Subscription

Each month, we're giving away 30 free annual subscriptions to celebrate our 30th year in publishing! With a digital subscription, you can enjoy Okanagan Life on your tablet.

Upcoming Events

7:30 pm Cheng² Duo @ Frank Venables Theatre
Cheng² Duo @ Frank Venables Theatre
Jan 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Cheng² Duo @ Frank Venables Theatre | Oliver | BC | Canada
Friday January 19, 2018 – 7:30 CHENG² DUO Presented by the South Okanagan Concert Society Committed to bringing classical music to 21st-century audiences through innovative programming and engaging presentations, Canadian classical pianist and cellist Silvie[...]
10:00 am The 2018 Scotties Tournament of ... @ South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC)
The 2018 Scotties Tournament of ... @ South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC)
Jan 27 @ 10:00 am – Feb 4 @ 1:00 pm
The 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts @ South Okanagan Events Centre (SOEC) | Penticton | BC | Canada
The country’s best women’s curling teams will not only be chasing a Canadian championship, they’ll also be playing under a new format at the 2018 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Penticton, B.C. The Canadian women’s[...]
7:30 pm The Paperboys @ Rotary Centre for the Arts
The Paperboys @ Rotary Centre for the Arts
Jan 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
The Paperboys @ Rotary Centre for the Arts | Kelowna | BC | Canada
Celebrating their 25th anniversary year, Vancouver Canadian musician Tom Landa, is looking back on the legacy of his much-loved folk rock band The Paperboys. For a quarter century, The Paperboys have been touring the world[...]
7:30 pm Misery: Theatre Series @ Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre
Misery: Theatre Series @ Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre
Jan 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Misery: Theatre Series @ Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre | Vernon | BC | Canada
The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre proudly presents Arts Club Theatre’s production of Misery on Tuesday, January 30 at 7:30pm. Misery is the third performance in the Society’s 2017/18 Theatre series. Written by William[...]


Error: Please enter a valid email address

Error: Invalid email

Error: Please enter your first name

Error: Please enter your last name

Error: Please enter a username

Error: Please enter a password

Error: Please confirm your password

Error: Password and password confirmation do not match