British Columbians are invited to review and provide feedback on a policy intentions paper for the organic matter recycling regulation (OMRR), including new requirements for the management and use of biosolids.
The current OMRR has been in effect since 2002. Updates are needed to reflect the best available science and to ensure the highest levels of protection for the environment and human health are in place.
New and updated proposed policies highlighted in the intentions paper include:
- Improving public transparency through online posting of biosolids land applications and posting of plans and reports for non-permitted compost facilities;
- Requiring notification be given to First Nations for new compost facilities and land application of biosolids;
- Improving facilitation for organics recycling, which will decrease materials that are landfilled;
- Harmonizing with national guidelines, other B.C. regulations and other requirements and standards; and
- Introducing new standards for protection of human health and the environment, including enhanced planning and reporting requirements, new technical standards and improved compost storage requirements.
A 60-day window for public comments ends Dec. 2, 2016.
In addition to the public engagement, focussed discussions will also take place with First Nations, agricultural producers and local governments.
The intentions paper can be viewed at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/environment/waste-management/recycling/organics/omrr_ip_sept_22.pdf
Findings from the Province’s scientific review, including a soil sampling report and literature review, were used in the development of the intentions paper. These reports are available at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/waste-management/recycling/organics/regulations-guidelines
Amendments to the OMRR, based on all engagement and information received, are anticipated to take place in 2017.
Mary Polak, Minister of Environment –
“This intentions paper is the next step in our comprehensive review of the organic matter recycling regulation and the policies we are proposing will ensure the rules we have in place to protect human health and the environment are based on the latest and best science available. We also intend to reduce pressure on our landfills, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from organic waste, as recommended in the Climate Leadership Plan. We welcome all feedback on these proposed changes so we can ensure organic matter, including biosolids, is dealt with in the safest and most transparent way possible.”
BC Newsroom - Ministry of Environment: http://www.newsroom.gov.bc.ca/ministries/environment-1