SWANA Pacific Chapter and Net Zero Waste, in cooperation with the City of Kelowna’s Glenmore Landfill, are offering this three-day hands-on training course to promote the successful managing of composting programs.

Topics covered include:

  • What is Composting and Factors that Affect It?
  • Feedstock Composition
  • Composting – The Benefits and Challenges
  • Marketing
  • Odour Control
  • Safety
  • Local Regulations and Organic Matter Recycling Regulations (OMRR) Updates

This course will include tours of the City of Kelowna and Vernon’s Regional Biosolids Composting Facility (RBCF) in Vernon and the GlenGrow Yardwaste Facility in Kelowna. Students will be learning with a hands on approach at an operating facility. Both processing, handling and curing equipment will be demonstrated.

Instructor: Mateo Ocejo, Net Zero Waste

Prior to founding Net Zero Waste Inc., Mateo Ocejo spent 10 years working in the environmental industry, most recently with AECOM (formerly known as Earth Tech Canada).

During that time, Mateo has provided a wide range of clients with guidance and support with the design and implementation of cost effective environmentally sustainable and publicly accepted diversion strategies. A specific focus has been placed on compost program structure and in-vessel facility design.


Gord Light and Jose Garcia – City of Kelowna; Mark Watt – Watt Environmental; Geoff Hill – Engineered Compost Systems (ECS)

Who Should Attend?

  • Professionals who manage municipal composting programs;
  • Operators of municipal composting programs;
  • Waste Management Consultants and Professionals;
  • Composting/Recycling Association Professionals;
  • Agricultural Industry Representatives;
  • Equipment Vendors;
  • Public Officials

Registration Details

Course Location:

City of Kelowna Glenmore Landfill
Administration Building
2720 John Hindle Drive
Kelowna, BC


  • October 29, 30 and 31, 2018 [SOLD OUT]
  • 7:45 AM to 5:00 PM each day

Registration Fee:

$850 plus GST for the training course which includes a manual

Optional Textbook:

$50.00 payable on day of registration

Certification Exam:

Compost Council of Canada: $150 plus GST; SWANA exam: $300.00 plus GST (please specify if an exam is required)

Training course includes classroom instruction, manual, continental breakfast, lunch and snacks for all days.

Registration is limited to 15 students and will be open September 1, 2018 – check back to this page on September 1 to register.

Training course is entitled to 12 continuing education units (CEU’s) upon completion.

Training Partner:

SWANA Pacific would like to officially recognize the Compost Council of Canada as a partner in training initiatives related to organics recycling. This co-operative agreement is intended to provide extended access to organics recycling and processing training for our collective membership as well as exam writing opportunities at training events for either organization’s certification initiatives on organics recycling. We look forward to the new partnership.

Accommodation Information:

We have not made arrangements for preferred rates at local hotels for this course, due to requirements for the size of block we would need to be able to fill. For those who are not local and will require a hotel in the area, rates at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Center Kelowna start at $109/night for this period and rates at the Sandman Hotel & Suites Kelowna start at $97/night for this period.

Please make your reservations with one of these hotels directly:

  • Ramada Hotel – 2170 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, BC  250.860.9711
  • Sandman Hotel – 2130 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna, BC  250.860.6409


The SWANA Pacific Chapter is seeking sponsorship to help develop our new composting training. If you are interested in participating, please contact Stephanie Moorman at [email protected] .


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