Composter squandered opportunity

Under the CRD suspension, Foundation Organics has been offered a unique opportunity which they have completely squandered

Doubling the composting facility along ‘Toxide’ Drive?

Under the CRD suspension, Foundation Organics has been offered a unique opportunity which they have completely squandered. With the reduced incoming tonnage, they could have proven the technology, improved their handling of the raw product and proven their role as a socially responsible corporation.

However, even with this opportunity, they still can’t get it right.

Therefore, their application to CRD to increase the incoming raw material from 10,000 tons to 18,500 tons per annum should be denied and in addition, the existing facility should be shut down.

I was able to read their Aug. 30 application to the CRD with interest and a great deal of skepticism. I am aghast at the sheer effrontery of the application, the spurious claims made therein and the questionable science used to bolster their arguments.

For example, they have not provided a barrier to rats. A gentleman mentioned at the Central Saanich Council meeting of Sept. 3 that he followed a loaded truck into the building. What’s to stop the rats from doing the same thing? According to a news report last week, Vancouver Island is in the midst of a rat population explosion. In the application it is stated that they haven’t noticed any rats.

In addition, most of the residents of Central Saanich affected by the odour live outside the arbitrary 500m zone referred to on the final page of the application.

Why even draw a 500m circle?

Municipal bylaw states smells are not to leave the property.

Therefore we can assume that Foundation Organics don’t intend to abide by that law from the get go.

R. Viggers

Central Saanich