RM of De Salaberry & St-Pierre-Jolys Regional Composting Project
In 2013-14, the Conseil de développement économique des municipalités bilingues du Manitoba (CDEM) and Eco-West, in partnership with the Village of St-Pierre-Jolys and the Rural Municipality of De Salaberry in southeastern Manitoba, implemented composting services for the region’s rural francophone communities to increase the diversion of municipal organic waste from landfill areas.
The main objectives of the project were to:
- Decrease costs associated with solid waste handling and storage and increase the life span of the regional landfills;
- Divert 33% of organic waste from landfills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs), and
- Implement an organic waste collection service for the region’s municipalities.
To encourage and enhance municipal buy-in for the De Salaberry/St-Pierre-Jolys composting initiative, the CDEM was able to leverage the $50,000 it received in WRAPP funding to obtain an additional $138,000 in funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Green Municipal Fund (GMF). The purpose of the GMF funding was to validate the business case for composting services in small rural municipalities and at the same time expand the service offering to other municipalities in the southeastern region of Manitoba.
As a first step in the project, the RM of De Salaberry and the Village of St-Pierre-Jolys worked with farmers to establish the Coopérative de Compo-Stages Manitoba Services Co-op, which enabled the group to purchase equipment to provide a composting service for local municipalities and farmers. Given that the equipment can be moved from one site to another, the costs of the service were greatly reduced for co-op members. De Salaberry also proceeded with the construction of a platform to receive and process the organic waste produced by the RM of De Salaberry and St-Pierre-Jolys.
Also, both the RM of De Salaberry and the Village of St. Pierre-Jolys purchased residential compost bins for residents to enable them to participate in the roadside organics pick-up service. The Village of St-Pierre-Jolys began providing this service to its residents and continued to encourage its residents to make use of the community drop-off site for leaf and yard waste.
As for the RM of De Salaberry, it proceeded to go ahead with the upgrading of its composting processing site and also began providing residential organic waste collection services for a few neighbouring communities, including St-Pierre-Jolys, Otterburne, and St. Malo.
The RM of De Salaberry has also been engaged in discussions with other interested parties who would like to assist the RM in expanding its composting services in order to become a regional municipal composting site. At the present time, this includes the neighbouring communities of Grunthal, Niverville and Morris.