Compost (Bio-Solids)

City of Penticton Compost is the end product of Penticton's innovative biosolids recycling program - it is a safe, effective, environmentally-friendly, abundant, and affordable compost product that's ideal for use in top dressing, landscaping, on vegetable gardens, and as an additive potting soil.

What are Bio-solids?

Bio-solids are the organic by-products of wastewater treatment.

Is this compost safe?

  • Approved by B.C.'s Ministry of Environment for safe reuse as a high grade product.
  • Complies with Federal Fertilizer Act
  • Is viewed as completely safe from an environmental health aspect by local Ministry of Health officials.

The Ministry of Environment requires that Compost produced from bio-solids be tested for the following heavy metal concentrations. Substance concentrations, expressed in ug/g dry weight must not exceed the limits set out in the following table:

Ministry of Environment Standards from Ministry of Environment Organic Matter and Recycling Regulation 2000, Schedule 4, Quality Criteria.

Compost Criteria

Minimum Organic Matter 30%

Maximum Moisture Content 55%

 

BC Ministry of Environment

Max Limits

City of Penticton

Metals Test

May 17, 2016

Substance

Class A compost

 

Arsenic

13

5.9

Cadmium

3

0.63

Chromium

100

18.4

Cobalt

34

2.7

Copper

400

229

Lead

150

27

Mercury

2

0.28

Molybdenum

5

4.1

Nickel

62

8.3

Selenium

2

1.5

Zinc

500

339

Taken from the Organic Matter and Recycling Regulation BC Reg 18/2002 and amendments up to June 30, 2007.

How Do I use this Compost?

Flower Beds: Mix 25mm to 50mm of City of Penticton Compost with the top 100mm to 150mm of existing soil. Plant flowers or seeds and then water.

Tubers and Bulbs: Prepare a mixture of one part City of Penticton Compost and three parts of existing soil. Surround bulb with a good handful of mixture and plant at recommended depth.

Roses: Prepare ground as you would flower beds. Plant rosebush in a mixture of one part City of Penticton Compost and three parts soil.

Vegetable Garden: For normal soil - Mix 25mm of City of Penticton Compost with the top 100mm of existing soil. Plant seeds as recommended. For heavy clay soil - Mix 50mm of City of Penticton Compost with the top 150mm of existing soil. Plant seeds as recommended.

Berries: Mix 25mm-50mm of City of Penticton Compost with the top 100mm-150mm inches of existing soil. Plant as recommended.

Trees & Shrubs: Dig a hole approximately two times the size of the ball or bare root. Plant in a mixture of one part City of Penticton Compost and three parts soil. Compact firmly.

Evergreens: Dig a hole allowing 30cm around the ball or root system. Plant in a mixture of one part City of Penticton Compost and three parts soil. Compact firmly and water.

New Lawns: Seeding - Cover existing ground with 25-50mm of City of Penticton Compost. Rototill into a depth of 150mm. Rake smooth and broadcast seeds as recommended. Use a roller to compact and then keep moist. Sodding - cover existing ground with 25-50mm of City of Penticton Compost. Rototill into a depth of 150mm. Rake smooth. Install new sod and keep moist.

Established Lawns: Spread 3-6mm of City of Penticton Compost with a rake in late fall or early spring. Water after application. For optimum results, aerate before applying.

Where Can I Get Penticton Compost?

Currently compost is available at the City of Penticton Compost Site located approximately 100 meters past the gate to the City Landfill site on Spiller Road.

Compost is available year round 8:30 am– 2:00 pm, Monday – Friday but please call 250-490-2500 to confirm availability.

Compost Prices

  • Per Garbage Bag $2.50 taxes included
  • Per Tonne (less than 5 tonnes) $20.00 per tonne taxes included
  • Per Tonne (greater than 5 tonnes) $12.50 per tonne taxes included

1 Tonne is approximately 2m3

Methods of Payment at Landfill

  • Cash, debit, Visa or Mastercard