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Fisher Road Recycling's compost expansion approved

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Fisher Road Recycling has received a green light — with strict cautions — to boost the amount of compostables it can receive at its south-end site, Cowichan Valley Regional District brass announced Monday afternoon.

Fisher's license amendment, approved by CVRD engineering services boss Brian Dennison, essentially allows it to hike its incoming compostable volume to 18,000 metric tonnes annually, from its current 10,897.

The licence change also boosts Fisher's class-A compost, stockpiled on site, to 4,400 metric tonnes from 2,640.

Tar-and-gravel roofing material too can now be taken and stored on site, to a maximum of 15 metric tonnes at any one time. Up to 300 tonnes of the roofing junk can be shipped annually from Fisher.

Fisher's current licenced amount for mixed loads of recyclables and trash would basically stay the same.

"While I have approved tonnage limits requested," Dennison says in his approval letter. "I have required continued separation and interior storage of all putrescible garbage, and so have divided the total stockpile limits and tonnage restrictions to reflect this requirement in the licence."

Among the conditions:

  • a comprehensive odour study,
  • improvements to odour-management practices,
  • monitoring, reporting and complaint response;
  • expanded water-quality testing;
  • mandatory monitoring for the swale, leachate ponds and underground drainage systems;
  • improvements to vector and dust- suppression, including required further study and certification concerning use of well water for dust control;
  • requiring truck traffic to enter and exit Fisher from the highway to reduce traffic near Cobble Hill village;
  • fully enclosing storage of all putrescible garbage;
  • improving the facility's inspection and reporting processes.

The changes come in reaction to an October application regarding its composting and recycling operations at 1355 Fisher Rd, Cobble Hill that met some resistance in the community concerned about the potential for increased odour and water supply issues.

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