Stswékstem Engineered Waste Management Facility
The Stswékstem Engineered Waste Management Facility is located on the traditional territory of the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Nation (TteS), across the Thompson River in northeastern Kamloops.
This newly designed facility is now fully operational and open to all members of the Kamloops community as of December 2023. Key features of the operation include:
- The utilization of innovative technology and industry best practices, as well as robust environmental monitoring methods in all aspects of the operation;
- A double-lined landfill facility with a leachate collection infrastructure;
- Environmental benefits include waste diversion away from landfills, greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and wildlife protection measures including species-at-risk.
Waste management services available to the community at the Stswékstem Engineered Waste Management Facility include:
- An organic matter compost facility with the capacity to convert all locally generated food and yard waste from the City of Kamloops and the surrounding TNR District, into nutrient-rich topsoil;
- Demolition, land-clearing, and construction material depot;
- Residential and commercial drop-off services for municipal solid waste;
- A Recycling transfer station for metals, asphalt shingles, batteries, propane tanks, appliances and other miscellaneous household items;
- Hydrovac truck solidification sumps for non-hazardous material;
- The sale of locally generated, nutrient rich, organic topsoil.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will this facility accept biosolids?
No, the facility will not accept biosolids and has no plans to accept biosolids in the future.
Will this facility accept hazardous waste or other toxic material?
No, the facility will not accept any hazardous waste or other toxic material.
Does the facility have an environmental management plan?
Yes, the facility has a detailed environmental management plan that ensure the surrounding environment and community are protected. This includes an extensive list of mitigation measures that prevent impacts to groundwater and surface water, wildlife, and air quality. The environmental management plan also includes a monitoring and compliance component to ensure all mitigation measures are effective.
What is wrong with continuing to use the current TteS landfill?
The existing TteS landfill was constructed in 1960 without a liner system or other engineered controls to manage potential environmental impacts. This facility will be closed using an engineered cap system while the new facility is being developed. No disruption to services for TteS members will occur during the closure phase.
Do you sell topsoil?
Yes, we sell locally generated premium, nutrient-rich topsoil.
When is your new facility opening?
We plan on opening our new Tk’Emlups facility in northeast Kamloops in the late summer/fall of 2022.
Do you accept old propane tanks?
Yes. We are a recycling transfer station for metals, asphalt shingles, batteries, propane tanks, appliances and other miscellaneous household items.
Will you pick up my load?
No, we are a drop-off facility only.
I am doing a renovation this spring on the house; do you take old construction material?
Yes, we accept construction and demolition material, and recycle what we can.
Will you accept old mattresses?
Yes, we accept old mattresses for a fee.
How will leachate be managed at the landfill site?
The landfill will be double lined with compacted clay and HDPE membrane, eliminating the risk of groundwater contamination. Leachate generated in the landfill will be directed to an engineered containment pond.
Grassland Organics Strawberry Hill Ltd.
801 Strawberry Hill Lane
Kamloops, BC V2H 1J8
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday 7:00 to 4:00
Saturday 9:00 to 3:00