NIMBY

Is NIMBY Fighting Words?

I took some heat on February 1st following another round of futile discussion about a regional compost site.  A woman walked up to me in the back of the RDOS boardroom during a break and asked what gave me the right to call her a NIMBY.  She was angry.  I was in no mood for this (given the aforementioned futility) and was angry in return.

Why not compost at Campbell Mountain?

In a comment on a previous post, George Bush (Director for RDOS Electoral Area G) asks: Why not compost sewage sludge at Campbell Mountain if that is where it is going to be used as biocover anyway?  This is a good question so I asked Cam Baughen at the RDOS for some additional background on why Campbell Mountain did not even make the RDOS's shortlist of potential regional composting sites.  Basically, the site has two critical shortcomings:

Regional Compost site reboot

As you may have heard, the Regional District is having difficulty securing a location for the new regional composting site.  This is frustrating because a regional composting site is intended to do two things: (a) avoid significant costs and (b) reduce our environmental impact. 

I certainly understand that people don’t want a waste-related facility anywhere near them.  But, if we are to realize the economic and environmental benefits of such a facility, it has to be located somewhere.  So rather than hosting a screaming contest (to see who can muster the loudest and most angry opposition to the site), I am in favor of making the decision based on more objective technical and economic criteria.  People are going to scream no matter what.  But we have to make the decision that it is the long-term interest of the broader community.