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Mary Storry, who holds the Council portfolio for public works, stated:
The City is working with the Comox Strathcona Waste Management to explore the option of the facility processing organic wastes from communities throughout the region. The RFP calls for a facility that will meet the needs of Campbell River, but that would be scalable to potentially meet the needs of the broader region.
The City issued a request for expressions of interest for an organics facility last year, and we had strong interest from private industry proponents, which has led us to issuing the RFP.
The project involves the construction, finance and operation of the new facility that would process sewage biosolids, yard waste, household and commercial organic waste. At the end of the partnership, ownership of the entire facility will revert back to the City.
The City, as a partner, would be providing suitably zoned land and an initial capital investment of up to CAD$1 million to the successful proponent if the facility is developed at the City site located adjacent to the Norm Wood Environmental Centre. This funding would be used to offset the costs of site preparation and utility servicing, surface water infrastructure, roadways and outdoor working pads, and allow the successful proponent to install state-of-the-art odour controls.
Campbell River is a coastal city in British Columbia on the east coast of Vancouver Island at the south end of Discovery Passage, which lies along the important coastal Inside Passage shipping route. Campbell River claims a population (2011 census) of 31,186 inhabitants.
See RFP announcement: