Editorial: Compost project the right kind of growth

Planning for the future does all communities good in the end

Improvements to the community don’t happen overnight.

Positive change can take months and years to move from need to concept, to plans and finally to something concrete.

And progressive improvements are happening all around this area. Whether it’s the forward thinking compost facility in Seabird we wrote about last week, or a splashy new playground on the beachfront in Harrison, or the first steps in planning for the future in Agassiz, the efforts behind the change are worthy of applause.

When we start making composting a community act, everyone is encouraged to rethink even the smallest habits in an effort to improve the world. It’s not a huge deal to compost your leftover tidbits, but when an entire community is working together, it’s a whole different story.

Imagine the effort, the sheer amount of work, behind creating a comprehensive community composting plan. Now imagine if all communities began adopting the same programs. The amount of landfill waste diverted would have an immense impact on truck traffic, the need for landfill growth, and so on.

Additionally, the byproduct isn’t creating in another country. It isn’t shipped overseas. It becomes the soil that renourishes the very earth beneath us.

As communities all around the FVRD continue to review their Official Community Plans, perhaps the sort of inner vision and forethought displayed by the Seabird Island band would go along way to sustaining all of us well into the future.