In-vessel composter a ways off it seems

Council declare composter as not a time-sensitive thing

The scenario of an in-vessel composter arriving in Lake Cowichan is still a long way off with council confirming it will not be purchased until next year.

At last Tuesday’s Public Works Committee meeting, chief administrator Joe Fernandez stated that he doesn’t see the purchased as a time-sensitive thing with the town still gathering data on organic waste.

The machine would convert organic waste into compost for domestic use, amongst other things.

“There is no update. We are still gathering information and looking at all the options. It’s not a time-sensitive thing,” said Fernandez who explained that a definite purchase wouldn’t come about until 2015 at the earliest.

“We don’t have the money in the budget this year so we are still looking at all options.”

Coun. Bob Day has been the instigator of an in-vessel composter for the town from the get-go and still wishes that town purchase one in the future, amongst continued efforts for green action.

“I agree that it’s not a time-sensitive thing but I’d still like to see us keep it on the agenda,” said Day at the meeting. “I’d like to hear us have a conversation about where we would be taking it.”

Fernandez said that town staff will continue to come back to the council table with more info on organics as the town moves forward on that front.

Coun. Frank Hornbrook, who chaired the meeting, concluded by saying that updates on the in-vessel composter would continue to stay on the agenda at future public works meetings going forward.