Ministry of Environment

Organic Matter Recycling Regulation

British Columbia’s Organic Matter Recycling Regulation (OMRR) governs the production, quality, and land application of compost and biosolids. The OMRR (B.C. Reg. 18/2002) was enacted on February 5, 2002 to provide clear and effective guidance for local governments and other compost and biosolids producers, to protect soil quality and drinking water sources, and to provide an opportunity to beneficially use organic matter that is often disposed or burned.

Guideline Documents

The following documents are currently available to generators, the general public, and qualified professionals:

Regulatory Review

The Ministry of Environment intends to revise the Organic Matter Recycling Regulation (OMRR), of the Environmental Management Act (EMA) and the Public Health Act. The proposed amendments to the regulation are outlined in an intentions paper. These revisions consider: organic matter suitable for composting, facility requirements and requirements for the production of a "biosolids growing medium" — as well as assuring compliance and taking into consideration scientific updates.

The intentions paper and response form were posted in July 2011. Comments were solicited for a period of 60 days. A summary of public comments is under development and will be posted on this web page.

Following careful review of all comments, suggestions and submissions received through the consultation process, government staff will complete legal drafting of the amendments for legislative review and implementation.

Additional Information

In 2006, the Ministry of Environment proposed amendments to the Organic Matter Recycling Regulation (OMRR), of the Environmental Management Act (EMA) and the Public Health Act. The proposed amendments were outlined in the October 2006 Intentions Paper  for consultation and comments from stakeholders were received and reviewed by the ministry.  A summary of all comments received during the October 2006 consultation process is provided in the Summary of Consultation Comments document.

Consultation

For information on the consultation process, see the Consultation Information for Codes of Practice and Regulations site. For general information on the development of codes of practice and regulatory review, see the Environmental Management Act (EMA) Codes of Practice and Regulatory Review site.