Ben Van Nostrand of the CSRD presents contest winner Chris Drysdale with an iPad and a sampling of the CSRD’s new compost product

Golden man Chris Drysdale wins CSRD’s compost naming contest

A Golden man earned himself an iPad and a sample of compost after he won a naming contest for the CSRD's new product.

A Golden man earned himself an iPad and a sample of compost after he won a naming contest for the Columbia Shuswap Regional District’s (CSRD) new compost product.

Chris Drysdale came up with the name Columbia Shuswap Kickin’ Compost and his entry was selected as the winning submission amongst 200+ other candidates.

“The guidelines for the contest stipulated that submissions should have some kind of regional significance…kickin’ comes from Kicking Horse and it’s just a popular local name with some history,” Drysdale said.

“(Chris’ submission) tied into the area and it had a bit of a ring to it,” said CSRD team leader Ben Van Nostrand.

The CSRD began segregating yard and garden waste at the Salmon Arm landfill in 2012 in order to create a class A compost for the public.

Because the compost is just made up of yard and garden waste and doesn’t contain manure, the compost is easier to produce but the process can take up to a year.

A similar program is being planned for Golden and Revelstoke. The CSRD is planning to begin composting in Revelstoke later this month and in Golden this fall.

“It’s part of the solid waste management plan,” said Van Nostrand.

“We are working towards zero waste and in the plan it identified turning yard and garden waste as a usable product that we can distribute back to the public.”

The product is sold for $10 per cubic metre (with a $5 minimum) and can be loaded for an additional charge of $30.