In the last week’s Coast Reporter Views section and in a related article, the reporter explains the soil disaster the contaminated soil being applied on seven school fields. Salish Soils has received a deluge of calls and emails to our office this past week, asking if we were involved.
We would like to state that Salish Soils was not involved in any way. We would also like to make it clear we do not import soil from off-coast, as was the case in this contaminated soil application; 100% of our soil is produced on the Sunshine Coast.
Our process gives us total control over our soil and composting inputs, with rigorous quality control testing of our outputs at each stage in the process. Salish Soils is locally owned, employs local people and our highest priority is the environment within our community.
Salish Soils is presently processing resident organic waste from Gibsons and Davis Bay which has very low levels of contamination. Salish Soils is supporting Gibsons to educate their residents to strive to achieve the goal of near zero contamination. By separately collecting organic waste, Gibsons has diverted over 40% of the weight of the garbage collected being dumped at the landfill, a remarkable accomplishment.
As we are all part of our coastal community, together we can make a difference by recycling responsibly and with everyone benefitting by being involved in the solution of handling waste generated on the coast.
We would like to personally invite any resident of our Sunshine Coast community to visit our plant, tour our entire process, inspect our soils, and experience the benefit of transparency and accountability.-Aaron Joe, Salish Environmental Group