Port Coquitlam compost facility to shrink

Changes are coming for a proposed compost facility in Port Coquitlam.

In a recent report to the city’s smart growth committee, Cascade Renewable Carbon Corp. said it is planning to build a smaller processing building than previously planned.

The structure will be reduced from 2,500 sq. m to 1,000, a move that Cascade CEO David Taylor said should not affect the amount of compost the facility can process.

The final bagging and curing stage, where larger pieces of material are removed from the compost soil, will now take place at a different location, he added, making for a cleaner system.

“This is a showcase facility,” he said. “We want to keep this facility as clean and spick and span and be a showcase.”

Primary digestion of the compost material is still expected to take place on the site in giant containers.

Development of the project has been delayed, Taylor said, in large part due to some technical issues with its storm water management plan.

According to a report from the company to the city of Port Coquitlam, there is currently no storm water system the facility could tie into. That has forced Cascade to re-design its entire plan using ditches, drains and, possibly, water retention pits.

With the delays, Taylor said the company is hoping to have its storm water system completed by November. That should allow for a soft opening, he said, with the full opening expected in the new year.

He added that the city of PoCo is in talks with the company about having its organic waste processed at the new facility.

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