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RDNO-Gro

Regional yard waste composting operations at the Greater Vernon Recycling and Disposal Facility (GVRDF) began in the spring of 2012.  The first batch of composted and screened yard and garden waste, now known as RDNO-Gro, was completed in the summer of 2013 and has been used for various landscaping projects in the region as well as two landfill closure projects.  Limited quantities of the 2016 batch is now available to residents for personal use, free of charge.  A stockpile is available near the entrance of the GVRDF where customers can load their own vehicles.

What is RDNO-Gro?

RDNO-Gro is the compost produced at the Regional Yard Waste Composting Facility (RYWCF) located at the Greater Vernon Recycling and Disposal Facility (GVRDF) and is made from the organic yard and garden waste (weeds, grass, trimmings, prunings, clippings, old hedges, small branches, twigs, etc.) that is dropped off by residents and landscapers throughout the year. The yard and garden waste pile is chipped three or four times per year and the chipped material is placed in windrows at the RYWCF.  This material is mechanically aerated (turned with an excavator) and also watered to maintain high temperatures. The process takes about 24 months, producing a well-rotted, soil-like compost or soil amendment. Once cured (temperatures no longer stay elevated), the compost is screened to remove large pieces of wood, rocks and debris and the screened material is allowed to cure further before being used.

The yard and garden waste is supplemented with a small amount of water treatment plant solids during the composting phase. The solids are the organic matter removed during treatment at the RDNO’s Duteau Creek Water Treatment Plant, are naturally present in raw (untreated) water, and break down during the composting process, providing additional nutrients to the compost.

The process utilized at the RYWCF is in accordance with the Provincial Organic Matter Recycling Regulation (OMRR). Once finished the compost is sampled to determine if it meets the OMRR Class A standard. All batches produced since the facility opened have met the Class A standard.

  1. Sampling Results - Yard Waste Compost (April 2017) - RDNO - Compost Analysis
  2. Organic Matter Recycling Regulation - Schedule 4

Where can I get RDNO-Gro?

Limited quantities of the 2016 batch is now available to residents for personal use, free of charge.  A stockpile is available near the entrance of the GVRDF yard waste drop off area where customers can load their own vehicles.

Can I use RDNO-Gro in my garden?

What are the benefits of using this compost in my yard/garden?

How can I use RDNO-Gro?

 

Please direct enquiries to:
Phone:  250-550-3700
Fax:      250-550-3701
E-mail:  [email protected]