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Firms turn wood, fish waste into new products

By Carla Wilson

Don and Helene Waugh are cooking up a fishy mixture that’s best dumped in the garden, not served on a dinner plate.

That’s fine with them. The dish is a product of a two-year marriage of fish waste from Vancouver Island processing plants and small pieces of wood debris that produces a compost called Sea Soil.

This composted soil is a value-added industry, creating a higher value from unwanted byproducts of two of the Island’s biggest industries — forestry and fishing.

Tiny bits of wood debris, called fines, used for Sea Soil come from several dryland sort logging operations on the north Island. Larger pieces of wood from Canadian Forest Products’ Beaver Cove site, where logs are sorted, go to a new company called Northland Power Chips, which sends them off the island to a pulp mill. That debris would have been burned in the past.

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