Finding both short and long-term solutions for the composting smell at our Public Works Yard is a top priority for Council and staff, and we are making progress.  The Town is very pleased to confirm that we have secured a property in the industrial zoned area in south Ladysmith.  We will build a new enclosed bio-solids composting facility at this new site, complete with bio-filters to prevent odour. 

In the meantime, securing an interim solution is now our main focus.  We continue to hold advanced discussions with other operators to take our waste until we can move the operation.  However, until we have a firm commitment for a temporary new location, we will have to continue the composting operation at the Public Works Yard.  We continue to do everything we can to mitigate the smell at the Public Works Yard, and continue to do the worst work at night. 

The bio-solids are the byproduct of our Waste Water Treatment process (sewage plant), and the Town is responsible for managing them.  Composting is a viable and beneficial option for responsible bio-solids management. The Town must comply with regulations laid out in the Organic Material Recycling Regulation and these activities are authorized by the Ministry of Environment.  We do not mix household compostables in with the bio-solids.  The final product is a high-quality top soil that meets Class A standards. 

Composting of Waste Water Treatment Plant bio-solids has been carried out at the Town of Ladysmith Public Works Yard since the 1990s.  However, the secondary sludge produced by our new Waste Water Treatment Plant, which came on-stream last summer, is significantly more odorous than the primary sludge produced by our old facility.  Council therefore voted last year not to construct a new composting building at the Public Works site, and put a priority on moving the operation completely.  

Regular updates and timelines will be posted here.  You can also visit our Bio-Solids page for information about how we treat the bio-solids resulting from our waste water treatment.

Environmental Protection Notice


Take notice that the Director intends to issue an OPERATIONAL CERTIFICATE 110161 to the Town of Ladysmith for the municipal wastewater treatment facility located at 245A Oyster Cove Road and the associated discharge to the Ladysmith Harbour. The Operational Certificate will be issued a minimum of 30 days after the last date of publication of this notice.

The land upon which the facility is situated is PID 000-430-153, VIP36898 Lot A and PID 009-441-450, Part 43 245A Oyster Cove Rd, Ladysmith. The location of the point of discharge is Ladysmith Harbour approximately 850 m east of PID 000-430-153, VIP36898 Lot A and PID 009-441-450, Part 43 245A Oyster Cove Rd, Ladysmith.
2022-01-20 Environmental Protection Notice
The wastewater treatment facility and discharge are authorized through the Town of Ladysmith’s Liquid Waste Management Plan which was approved by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy on April 2, 2013. The subject Operational Certificate imposes additional terms and conditions on the treatment and discharge of the municipal wastewater.

A copy of the draft operational certificate may be viewed the Town of Ladysmith website and a copy is available for the public to view in person at City Hall.

Any person who may be adversely affected by the granting of this Operational Certificate and wishes to provide relevant information may, within 30 days after the last date of publication of this notice, send written comments to the Town of Ladysmith, Ryan Bouma, Director, Infrastructure Services (phone: 250-245-6440 or email: with a copy to the Ministry (email: . The identity of any respondents and the contents of anything submitted in relation to this application will become part of the public record.

View Notice of Intent to Issue Notice Here.
View Operational Certificate 110161 Here.

Waste Water Treatment Plant - Overview