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Compost Council of Canada

Address 16, rue Northumberland St., Toronto, ON, M6H 1P7, CA
Phone 416-535-0240
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Curbing the 40 percent loss of all food produced in Canada to waste remains focus for compost Council

Sometimes when in the grocery store lineup waiting to check out, I look at my fellow shoppers, their filled carts, and wonder about our collective presumption that there will always be enough food to buy. Not whether we have the money to buy it, but rather will there be enough food, along with the variety and freshness, that we in the first world have come to expect?

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) 2018 is May 6 - 12

May 6 - 12, 2018 is International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW), the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. It is celebrated in Canada, the U.S. and in other countries each year during the first full week of May. Started in Canada in 1995, ICAW has continued to grow as more people, businesses, municipalities, schools and organizations are recognizing the importance of composting and the long-term benefits from organics recycling.

Organic residuals continue to deliver gains in waste diversion, GHG reductions, job creation and environmental benefits

Organics recycling has long left its pioneering days, with the risky early times being nurtured by a roster of individual entrepreneurs, both in the private as well as public sector, who saw the potential, understood the rightness and stepped up to make good change happen. Today, the #1 material being recycled across Canada, organic residuals, are delivering local gains in waste diversion, greenhouse gas reductions, skilled job creation and all the fertility and environmental benefits associated with returning compost back to the soil. The multiplier effect through the amassing of these many individual local initiatives are creating solid gains for both provincial and national success stories. An industry has been created, still junior but with “good bones”, ready for exponential growth with heightened emphasis and greater financial support.

Understanding the Potential of the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative to Support Compost & Digestate Markets

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing $4 million annually over the next four years to help farmers improve soil health and promote environmental stewardship. According to the Compost Council of Canada, the Great Lakes Agricultural Stewardship Initiative (GLASI), targeted to the Lake Erie and Lke St. Clair watersheds and the southeast shores of Lake Huron watershed, will provide cost-share funding to:

  • Identify ways producers can improve soil health, reduce run-off, and improve pollinator habitat
  • Modify equipment to address risks related to manure application and pollinator health
  • Adopt best management practices, including soil erosion control structures, cover crops, residue management, buffer and shelter strips.

CCME organics waste management survey to help better understand barriers and opportunities

The Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) is the major intergovernmental forum in Canada for discussion and joint action on environmental issues of national concern. Provincial, territorial and federal environment ministers are committed to taking action within their jurisdictions and through CCME to continuously improve Canada's record on reducing and recycling waste. In support of this, CCME is developing tools and best practices to achieve substantial reductions in organic waste disposed.


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