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City of Salmon Arm
Box 40
500 2 Ave. NE
Salmon Arm, BC V1E 4N2
Ph: 250.803.4000
Fx: 250.803.4041
Hours: 8:30am - 4:00pm
Greenhouse Gases
When food waste is placed in our landfill, it breaks down anaerobically (without oxygen). This process produces methane gas. Pound for pound, the comparative impact of methane on climate change is more than 25 times greater than carbon dioxide over a 100-year periodi. When food waste is composted, it breaks down aerobically (with oxygen) and produces carbon dioxide instead of methane. These carbon dioxide emissions are considered biogenic (part of the short term carbon cycle) and not typically used in calculations of GHG emissionsii.

In 2013, TRI Environmental Consulting Inc. performed a Solid Waste Characteristic Report for the CSRD. Audit data from the Salmon Arm Landfill suggested that the largest component of waste by weight was compostable organics at 23.8%iii. By diverting these materials from our landfill, we are not only producing fewer harmful greenhouse gases, but also extending the life of our landfill. In addition, a useful product is created which can be used to naturally fertilize crops.

What happens to my food waste?

Composting Process
Your food waste is collected by Progressive Waste Solutions and transported to Spa Hills Farm’s composting facility.

Watch the video to see what happens to food waste at the Spa Hills Facility.

Please note, the Spa Hills facility does accept leaves and garden trimmings, however, they are not being accepted during the Trial. For more information, please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.

Food Waste Cycle

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i United States Environmental Protection Agency. (2016, April 15). Overview of Greenhouse Gases. Retrieved May 18, 2016, from Climate Change:

ii  Allen, T., Cancel, N., & Orduna, G. (2015, May 14). Managing Food Waste for Sustainability: Landfills versus Composting. Retrieved June 7, 2016, from Food Systems, Sustainability Climate Change:

iii CH2M Hill Canada Ltd. (2015). Columbia Shuswap Regional District Solid Waste Management Plan Review and Update.