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Municipality Introduces Northern Roots Compost, Announces Public Information Sessions and Demonstration Garden

(Fort McMurray, AB – April 20, 2017) – Residents are invited to a series of public information sessions introducing the Northern Roots Compost program. Green thumbs are also invited to visit the Northern Roots Compost demonstration garden by Doug Barnes Cabin.

“I’m very excited about Northern Roots Compost,” said Nina Caines, manager of Parks. “There are a lot of opportunities for beautifying our region using this local resource. It’s reassuring to see we’re exploring additional ways to manage waste and reuse it an environmentally friendly way that’s beneficial for all residents.”

Northern Roots Compost is the Municipality’s biosolids compost produced at the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) and Regional Landfill. The compost is made from yard waste, wood chips and biosolids from the WWTP that have been processed under the same regulations as compost sold at garden centres.

“This is not a new waste management concept,” said Fred Thompson-Brown, manager of Solid Waste Services. “We’ve been exploring the possibility of using composted biosolids in our region since 2010. Composted and recycled biosolids have been in use for hundreds of years and is being looked at much more closely by municipalities across North America.”

Learn more about Northern Roots Compost at one of the following public information sessions:

  • April 28 - 30: Spring Trade Show - MacDonald Island
    • Friday: 1 - 9 p.m.
    • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    • Sunday: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • May 13: beside the tennis courts by the Doug Barnes Cabin (located at Tamarack Way at trailhead to Birchwood Trails) – times to be announced soon.

Residents are also invited to visit a demonstration garden located by the tennis courts by Doug Barnes Cabin. While it’s still early for planting season, raised planters have been installed with Northern Roots Compost mixed with garden soil at different ratios. In the coming weeks, plants will be growing in the garden and residents are encouraged to visit over the summer to observe the effectiveness of the compost.

As highlighted in Goal #6 of Council’s Strategic Plan, the Municipality values the environment as our natural, community and economic foundation. By using locally produced compost, we are Building a Sustainable Region, protecting the natural environment, reducing our carbon footprint, minimizing landfill waste, and making balanced decisions with respect to the environment.

Find out more about Northern Roots Compost at rmwb.ca/northernroots.


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