The Sea to Sky Soils team has been instrumental in many projects across British Columbia.
Read on to learn about our completed projects and experience!
METRO VANCOUVER GORE COVER PROJECT
This trial project was designed to simulate the operation and performance of a full scale Gore Cover Composting Facility treating a 50% food waste mixture. Approximately 260,000 lbs of waste was composted by the process producing a stable high quality compost after only two months. Odour sampling was conducted during the trial demonstrating more than a 95% reduction in ammonia and VOC's.
Following the trial, Metro Vancouver issued a report recommending the sole sourcing of the Gore Cover System as the lowest risk technology worldwide (see pdf. file attached). The Metro board elected not to follow the recommendation of staff and undergo a competitive bid process with 21 competing firms. Net Zero Waste was selected as the preferred proponent for the eastern region, and a 60,000 TPA contract however Metro Vancouver elected not to move forward with our site as we were located on ALR lands. Our 10 acres of unused farm land, sits vacant today and the 50 acres of greenhouses surrounding these lands (previously used to grow tree seedlings) remains un-utilized. Our proposal would have captured heat from the compost process to sustain a vibrant greenhouse business on this site.
CHEMAINUS BIO-SOLIDS GORE COVER PROJECT
Initially started as a trial, a series of batches were tested with various wood waste products until the correct mixture was determined. Modifications to the mixing of the pile and the best operational practices were also made during the processing of the demonstration batches.
Following the trial, Coast Environmental and NZW constructed a small indoor 8,000 tpa facility with small covers and a single aeration trench. A small scale winder was developed to be used in combination with the loader to place and remove the covers.
SALISH SOILS – FISH WASTE COMPOSTING FACILITY, SECHELT, BC
Developed in partnership with the Sechelt Nation, NZW trained staff; developed feedstock mixes and provided project engineering and support for project start-up and expansion. A design which places the gore cover system inside of a building allows the facility to be located close to town without negative environmental impacts. This project is processing high concentration fish waste mixtures so as to develop a boutique nutrient rich soil amendment for bagged distribution [$2 million, 09/2010 - Present]
COMOX VALLEY REGIONAL DISTRICT WASTE PILOT OPERATION
This food waste pilot project commenced in May of 2013 with the participation of the Village of Cumberland and the Town of Comox and was the culmination of efforts made by staff to get a program off the ground in the short term. It is expected that the program will be expanded upon in the years ahead as other communities in the area are eager to commence organic recycling given the successful implementation and lack of contamination seen in the role out of this new program. Costing the regional district less than $65/tonne to process a relatively small amount of tonnage is allowing them to save money on solid waste disposal, while consensus is reached in neighbouring communities on where best to site a facility. It will be difficult for other processors to compete on a price per tonne basis given the low population of the region and the relatively small amounts of available organics for full scale recycling. Select schools are expected to begin participation in the program in the fall which will aid in community education and expansion of the program.
city of abbotsford food waste processing facility
Net Zero Waste Inc. was recently successful in its bid to design build, own and operate a food, green and agricultural waste commercial composting facility for the City of Abbotsford. This facility will be responsible for the treatment of organic waste for Abbotsford’s approximately 150,000 residents and provide a vital processing option for other commercial and agricultural wastes produced in the Fraser Valley. Our facility design will utilize an in-vessel design by placing the standard Gore Cover Processing Model inside of a building with secondary biofilter control. Furthermore, through the use of waste heat energy recovery, this site will utilize the high temperatures experienced below our compost piles to provide heat to greenhouses or other indoor agricultural initiatives, further improving the sustainability of the entire operation. Agricultural initiatives already underway by the landowner have always been the primary component of the site operation with hog barns redeveloped to indoor farming and vermicomposting operations. Our compost operation provides a significant opportunity for waste heat recovery, further improving the sustainability of all initiatives while encouraging the construction of greenhouses.