Compost Council of Canada’s new program tackles climate change through organics recycling
The Compost Council of Canada (CCC) has launched the "Advancing Organics Recycling Throughout Canada" initiative. The program is designed to support adopting organics recycling programs in Canadian municipalities and the industrial, commercial, and institutional (IC&I) sectors. The CCC wants organizations and individuals to access the CCC's knowledge to learn the how-to's of organics recycling specific to their situation. Additionally, the CCC initiative includes education and awareness about the essential role that soil and compost play in mitigating climate change.
"The reality is that all Canadians still have the opportunity to fight climate change instead of accepting it as a given," says Susan Antler, executive director at the Compost Council of Canada. "Our soils and compost bins are important allies in this battle. Through organics recycling and the return of organic matter back to our soils, we not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions but also create additional benefits such as improved soil health and biodiversity, increased agricultural productivity, enhanced food security and water quality."
The CCC will provide resources, training, and technical support to municipalities and IC&I organizations interested in implementing organics recycling programs. The goal is to facilitate the widespread adoption of these programs, significantly reducing waste sent to landfills and greenhouse gas emissions. This project was undertaken with the financial support of the Government of Canada through the federal Department of Environment and Climate Change.
"This initiative is a call-to-action for municipalities and the IC&I sector to join us in promoting organics recycling," says Larry Conrad, chair of the National Board of Directors at the Compost Council of Canada. "By working together, we can build a sustainable future for Canada and showcase our nation as a leader in environmental stewardship."