Visit our other site on the North Shore
Harvest, Fraser Richmond Organics
7028 York Rd
Richmond BC V6W 0B1
Main: (604) 270-7500
Community Hotline: (604) 836-8387
Fax: (604) 207-9263
Depack Hours: As of March 2017 we are no longer accepting materials that need depackaging. Apologies for the inconvenience.
Our Energy Garden and Composting facility has the capacity to turn the Metro Vancouver region’s organic materials into clean energy, compost, and top quality compost-based soil blends.
Visit our other site on the North Shore
- Adam: (604) 803-0109
- Derek: (604) 999-3516
- Adam: (604) 803-0109
- Derek: (604) 999-3516
These products are available at this location.
Delivery is available for an additional charge. Three yard minimum on all deliveries.
|Accepted Materials/Yard Waste For Recycling (Note: Only Commercial Vehicles May Tip at This Facility)|
|YARD TRIMMINGS (Brush, Tree Trimmings, Yard Waste, Grass, Stumps, Logs, Firewood, Driftwood, Leaves, Peat)|
|CLEAN WOOD (Palettes, Sawdust, Wood Chips, Dimensional Lumber)|
|FOOD SOILED PAPER (Paper Towels, Paper Plates, Napkins, Newspaper Liners, Cardboard, Waxed Cardboard, Wax Paper)|
|FOOD SCRAPS (MIXED WITH YARD TRIMMINGS) (Meat, Fat, Dairy; Fruit, Vegetables, Legumes; Breads, Grains, Spent Grains, Beans Soya, Flour, Animal Feed) NOTE: Pure loads of food waste will be rejected.|
|Residents: Check out our video with 3 simple steps to collect food scraps in the home, easy peasy!|
|Businesses: Have questions? Get in touch. Send us your scraps!|
|Everyone: Congratulations! By sorting your greenwaste and sending it to our facility, you help reduce waste going to landfills, produce clean energy through anaerobic digestion, and improve local soils.|
|NO GLASS, NO METALS|
|NO TREATED WOOD (No Paint, No Varnish, No Preservatives, No
Coatings, No Creosote, No Pressure-Treated Wood, No Plywood – has glue)
|NO PLASTIC (No Film Plastic Bags, No Bio-Plastic, No Degradable
Plastic, No Compostable Plastic, No Rigid Plastic like Flower Pots)
|NO BIOSOLIDS (No Human Waste, No Pet Waste)|
|NO MISC WASTE (No Electronic Waste, No Chemicals, No Textiles, No Clothes, No Cleaning Products, No Medical Waste, No Pharmaceuticals, No Pesticides)|
|NO SEAFOOD (No Fish, No Fish Guts)|
NOTE: This facility serves commercial haulers and commercial landscapers. We also can arrange for a minimum delivery of three (3) cubic yards of our products to your home.
We deliver to your site or home. Minimum quantities apply. Contact our local office for details.
We turn the Metro Vancouver region’s wood, brush and yard debris into natural landscaping products. (Residents, put your materials into your green bin for collection by commercial haulers that come to our facility.)
Looking for food waste disposal? From soup to nuts, we offer superior solutions for unsaleable food products, liquid waste, supermarket waste, agricultural streams, byproduct and ingredient waste. Our Energy Garden and Composting facility in Richmond BC turns high-calorie ingredients into clean, local, renewable energy using a process called anaerobic digestion. Other materials go straight into composting.
[NOTE: THIS SERVICE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.] It’s what’s on the inside that counts. Our depackaging equipment removes boxes, cans, buckets, and bags. We strip out the packaging, send it to recycling, and turn the organic waste into clean energy and natural soil products. We also offer certificates of product destruction.
[NOTE: THIS SERVICE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.]Got grease? Send it our way. Contact us to get details on acceptance specifications and rates.
[NOTE: THIS PART OF OUR OPERATIONS HAS BEEN SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.]Anaerobic Digestion: It’s part of our culture. Naturally occurring bacteria chow down on organic waste (think pizza crusts and fish guts) and produce biogas. We provide optimal environments for the bacteria to do their work. Then we turn that biogas into electricity. Watch videos on how our high solids anaerobic digester works and serves the Metro Vancouver region, turning organic waste into clean energy and compost.
We blend top quality soil mixes engineered to meet your specifications. Minimum quantities sometimes apply – contact us today for more details.
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We are a wholesale manufacturer of top quality compost, soil blends and wood mulch materials. Our team of 100+ local employees is proud to provide services and products that help the Metro Vancouver region become a global leader in urban sustainability.
The lower mainland of British Columbia leads North America in promoting goals of environmental management and sustainability. In pursuing these goals with respect to waste management, the region faces five interlocking issues:
- Landfills have become more expensive, more distant, and are filling to capacity with waste that future generations will have to handle
- The Zero Waste Challenge has set landfill diversion goals that cannot be met using only current recycling and diversion strategies
- Communities are seeking sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels
- Farms, gardens, nurseries and stormwater control projects demand high-quality, nutrient-rich soil and compost products
- Both Metro Vancouver and British Columbia have set aggressive targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Where others see challenges, we see opportunities. Through our work with the community:
- We have helped the region meet its Zero Waste Challenge target of 70 per cent diversion by 2015 by recycling food scraps and yard trimmings.
- We reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with the transportation of waste materials to distant landfills.
- We sustain local, stable green-collar jobs.
- We provide a valuable service for Port Metro Vancouver by blending tens of thousands of cubic metres per year of river sand from Fraser River sediment reclamation operations designed to maintain navigational channels.
- We reduce methane and leachate production associated with landfill disposal systems by offering an alternative strategy for handling organic materials.
- We produce renewable fuel, power and heat.
- We reduce the region’s reliance on disposal and foreign oil.
- Our top quality compost and soil products enhance farms, gardens, landscapes, fields, nurseries, public works projects and urban gardens.
Clean Energy Innovation
We built an Energy Garden that has the capacity to use anaerobic digestion technology to produce power from the region’s food scraps and yard debris. This project is the first commercial-scale high solids anaerobic digester (HSAD) facility in Canada. When operational, Harvest’s Energy Garden in Richmond reduces greenhouse gas emissions by about approximately 9,000 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent each year and can produce 1 megawatts of energy; enough to power more than 900 lower mainland homes. The facility started producing energy in mid-2012. Operations were suspended in late 2016.
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Q: What are the benefits of compost?
A: Composting is the natural decomposition of organic material into a dark, crumbly humus-rich soil amendment known as compost. It is nature’s way of recycling. Compost:
- “It’s nature’s way of recycling. Compost benefits the community in many ways because it:
- Adds nutrients into the soil
- Improves soil structure, texture and aeration
- Increases the water-holding capacity of soil
- Loosens clay soils and helps sandy soils retain water
- Promotes soil fertility
- Stimulates healthy root development
- Reduces reliance on petroleum-based fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides
- Reduces the need for irrigation
- Retains and filters stormwater
- Controls erosion and stormwater sediment
Q: Can I drop off materials in Richmond?
A: If you are a business, give us a shout at 604.999.3250! We have provided many businesses with the tools and support they need to successfully recycle organics and look forward to hearing from you.
Q: What happens to materials when they reach your facility?
Q: What materials do you accept?
A: See the list in the first tab of this page.
Q: Where can I get more information about how your operation works?
A: Glad you’re interested! Check out the following videos and handouts:
- High Solids Anaerobic Digestion (HSAD) (video, 2:02)
- Business Day Special (video, 4:50)
- Breakfast TV (video, 8:29)
- Grand Opening of Harvest’s Energy Garden in Richmond BC (video, 2:07)
- Harvest’s Energy Garden and Composting Facility Site Diagram (pdf)
- Virtual Tour (360-photos)
Loving learning about this stuff? Great! Here are some more leads:
- Paul Sellew’s TEDx Talk (video, 14:41)
- Community Engagement with a Cube of Food & Compost (video, 2:03)
- Brochures, Handouts (e.g. “Creating a More Sustainable Future”; “Benefits of Anaerobic Digestion,” etc (handouts)
Q: What kinds of food scraps can be digested and composted?
A: All food scraps – including vegetables, fruit, meat, seafood, bread/baked goods, grains, dairy, eggs, coffee grounds and filters, plate scrapings – can be composted. Wood produce crates and floral waste can also be included. We do not accept large amounts of liquids, grease and oil. Glass, metal, plastic, plastic-coated papers or toxic materials, in any amounts, are not acceptable.
Q: What kinds of paper can be digested and composted?
A: Paper that has been in contact with food, like napkins, parchment bakery tray liners, pizza boxes waxed paper, uncoated paper plates and waxed cardboard, can be composted. Paper that is coated with plastic or foil is not acceptable. Plastic-coated paper includes coffee and cold drink cups, most types of paper plates, dairy or juice cartons, most paper to-go containers, and any paper packaging designed for the freezer or refrigerator. To determine if a paper is plastic-coated, look to see if it has a shiny surface especially where it is in contact with food or liquids. Wax-coated paper is fine. Wax coatings will shave off if scratched with a fingernail.If you need to line your organics collection container, please use kraft paper bags, newspaper or paper towels. Here’s a video with 3 easy steps for organics collection in the home.
Q: What about bioplastics?
A: In general do not accept materials that look or behave like plastic. If you have a question about bioplastics, BPI certification, or ASTM 6400 products, please contact us.
Q: Do you haul?
A: No. We rely on commercial haulers to bring materials to our facilities.
Q: What are the benefits of food waste diversion?
A: Adding food scraps to yard debris increases the richness of the finished soil product. In addition, environmental models show that sending 45,000 tons of organic waste to be composted instead of landfilled reduces greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 44,000 metric tons per year CO2E (carbon dioxide equivalent); That’s comparable to keeping 8,000 cars off the road each year. Compost also restores soil health, conserves water, reduces the use of chemicals, reduces air and water pollution, decreases reliance on oil reserves, and improves plant health. Compost adds value to and benefits agriculture, one of the Metro Vancouver region’s leading industries.
Finally, by removing the “wet” organic portion of the waste stream, the remaining waste is “cleaner.” This provides more potential opportunity for greater overall recycling.