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MLA Russell says new organic waste projects in the South Okanagan will help fight climate change  

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December 7th, 2021

In a media release, New Democrat MLARoly Russell says a new organic waste projects in the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen (RDOS), Osoyoos Indian Band (OIB), and Town of Oliver will helpdecrease greenhouse gas emissions, createjobsandproducecompost forresidents.   

“People in the South Okanagan will soon have one more way to actively fight climate change and reduce their waste,” said MLA Russell in the media release.

“Reducing our emissions is something we have to work on collectively, and I’m excited to see Oliver, the Regional District, and the Osoyoos Indian Band stepping up to do exactly that. Composting organic waste extended landfill lifespans, reduces emissions, and creates a useful end product. It’s just one of many issues we have to address, but work like this from regional, Indigenous, and provincial governments gives me hope that we’re on the right path.”

These projects are part of the BC NDP government’s CleanBC Organic Infrastructure and Collection Program.

The RDOS and OIB will receive $304,460 from the province for a new food and yard waste collection program serving 2,600 residential households within Electoral Areas A and C and the OIB. The Town of Oliver will receive $22,000 for a food and yard waste collection program serving an additional 2,600 residents. 

Launched in 2020, theprogramisprovidingup to$25.9million, over three years, to communities to develop or expandtheir abilityto divert organic waste from landfills.Through cost-sharing arrangements,thefunding recipients arecontributing at least one-third of eligible project costs. 

Investing in organic waste diversion is onepart of a much bigger picture.CleanBCis the province’s pathway to a more prosperous, balanced and sustainable future. Itsupports our BC NDPgovernment’scommitmenttoclimate action to meet B.C.’s emissiontargets and build acleaner, stronger economy for everyone. 

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