Business Composting Services

There are two options for Businesses:

1) Drop It Yourself. Bring your waste to The Composting Station on Rotting Way for Free*

*There is a $50 REFUNDABLE deposit for the key to access The Composting Station and two surveys to fill out in exchange for the free service. The surveys will help us determine how to better serve our community’s composting needs.

2) OR, Let us pick it up for you. $90/9 weeks for a bin picked up every Tuesday morning. We take care of your waste and turn into something wonderful.

All you have to do is sort it and keep it in an area outside that we can get to early in the morning.

What you get:

A decal that shows you support Sustainable Initiatives. You can display this decal on your window for your patrons to see, on your work vehicle or anywhere else,

An easy and cost effective way to manage food waste,

Your waste gets hauled away with minimal effort on your part,

When it starts:

July 14th and runs until September 8th.

To enroll:

For information and to enroll your business in the weekly pick up by the GNS Community Composting Services call 250 342 3337.CommunityComposting_merchant

For the business owner producing larger volumes of organic waste, Groundswell Community Composting Services can save you money and promote to your clientele your businesses’ commitment to sustainability. Restaurants, resorts, grocery stores and other large organic waste producers can especially benefit from participating in this composting program.

Rocky River Bar and Grill cut its waste­hauling bill by 35% through composting in 2013. For eight weeks, GNS Community Composting Services picked up separated organic waste from the restaurant and processed it into finished compost. “I saved money and made my business more environmentally responsible, something more and more clients appreciate” says Justen Atterbury.

Personal Composting Services

You spoke up and said you wanted a place for your household compost. Well, we listened. Pick up for household composting is currently unavailable.  This is a trial run to see how it goes in our community.

1) Drop It Yourself. Bring your waste to The Composting Station on Rotting Way for Free*

When it starts:

July 14th and runs until September 8th.

To enroll:

For information and to enroll call 250 342 3337.

*There is a $50 REFUNDABLE deposit for the key to access The Composting Station and two surveys to fill out in exchange for the free service. Surveys will be filled out upon receiving a key, and the deposit will be returned upon return of the key and final survey. The surveys will help us determine how to better serve our community’s composting needs.

Did you know that approximately 50% of household garbage is organic waste? In Canada, over 6 million tonnes goes into our landfills. That’s 6 million tonnes that could be helping us grow food. Well – we’ve had enough of that! Let those banana peels free.

Map to Composting Station

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What can and can’t be composted

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Groundswell and Composting

In 2010 Groundswell initiated research into the viability of community-wide composting focused initially on the District of Invermere. This initial research grew from a feasibility study supported by Enterprising Non-Profits of British Columbia, the District of Invermere, Columbia Basin Trust and Groundswell into the development of a business plan that ENP BC assisted us to complete. Brightwell Consulting was retained by Groundswell for both phases of this social enterprise development work.

We have learned a great deal about composting, waste management, social perceptions, residents’ participation and the tremendous opportunities that exist for our communities and Groundswell if a large scale composting operation could be developed. There are understandably also a lot of challenges technical/logistical to financial that are associated with such a project but a strong case can be made to overcome these and realize the long term socio-economic and environmental benefits that composting has to offer.

Did you know that approximately one third of the average bag of waste discarded from our homes is made up of compostable material and that here in the communities of our region this all goes into landfill? Once buried this organic waste is the primary contributor to the emission of methane gas, a climate altering gas contributing 30 times greater impact to climate change than carbon dioxide.

And our landfill site is filling up – fast. Estimates of 15 years are being discussed for the Windermere regional landfill and composting that 30% would add almost 5 more years to the life expectancy of the landfill; a massive cost saving.

The result of Groundswell’s composting research and developing a social enterprise has resulted in recognition of the need for a multi-community, regional scale approach to composting if it is to reach successful scales. In the meantime, keep composting at your home and garden level if you can! If you can’t because of space or logistical constraints, push for that community/regional level composting and if you can’t because you need to learn more about how to compost contact us and we can help you through a backyard consultation or by you taking a composting workshop.Brew Poo worm castings

Groundswell now offers a range of composting services and products that are available to help you start composting, improve your skills or enhance your garden with. Box or bin, worm or conventional composting, contact us to discuss any aspect of your composting needs.

District of Invermere, Regional District of East Kootenay and Groundswell’s Composting Trial.

The 2013 summer composting trial produced great results! Taking the food waste of local businesses and combining them with aged, chipped wood waste from the District of Invermere (DOI) has produced a very large, long, wind row of chunky dark compost that we’re excited to show off (yes, we’re just that nerdy about composting) For eight weeks we took a measured amount of compostables: coffee grounds from Kicking Horse Coffee, spent grains from Arrowhead Brewing, food waste from Rocky River Grill and Copper Point Golf Club, shredded paper from Smith Green Andruschuk Chartered Accountants and garden waste from our Community Greenhouse and Gardens and combined them on a site with some aged wood chips provided by the DOI. Trucks donated by Groundswell Members (thanks Garth Ludwig and Quiniscoe Homes) were used to pick up the compost and a DOI bobcat proved very useful for piling, turning and mixing our recipes. Our Summer Sustainability Interns have built their muscles and learned all about compost! Check out the action on this composting video.