In 2017, the RDOS conducted public consultation regarding the development of a compost site at
the Oliver Landfill. The proposed compost site would accept residential food waste from the Town
of Oliver, Town of Osoyoos, Electoral Area ‘A’ and ‘C’ and the Osoyoos Indian Band. The feasibility
studies, and preliminary designs showed that a properly designed and operated residential food
waste compost site would generate little odour. No public opposition was received.
Currently the Oliver Landfill is dealing with a large increase of yard and agricultural waste due to the closure of the nearby feedlot compost site. Without a compost site at the Oliver Landfill these
materials are being stockpiled creating operational issues and fire risk.
In order to construct an organics facility to properly manage the Organic Waste the Regional District applied for a Grant to construct a $1.2 Million Organics Facility within the Oliver Landfill. In November 2019, notification was received that the project had been approved for grant funding.
As a requirement in the Operational Certificate for the landfill, the 2010 Design, Operations, and
Closure Plan (DOCP) is due for review and update in 2020. Given the composting facility will directly impact the operations of the landfill, the two projects were merged to incorporate the design of the compost site while optimizing the DOCP.
4 companies produced a bid – but…
A team of Five employees from the Public works department reviewed each of the proposals
independently and then met to discuss their ranking and come to a consensus on which proponent
should be awarded the project. All members of the review team chose Sperling Hansen as their
preferred consultant during their independent reviews.
Sperling Hansen completed a thorough proposal, showed good understanding of the project