EXPO: Let’s talk garbage

On November 25, 2010, in Expo, Speaking Up, by Justin

Expo Roundtables

During the SpeakUp on Garbage Expo, we shared our thoughts on 16 different topics.

  • Recycling
  • Yard waste
  • Composting
  • Garbage collection (includes carts, autobin, manual).
  • Brady Road Landfill (includes waste to energy)
  • Construction and demolition waste
  • Non-residential waste (commercial)
  • Apartment and condo waste
  • Biosolids management
  • Reduce and reuse
  • Public health and safety
  • Electronic waste
  • Hazardous materials
  • Bulky waste
  • Local job / market creation
  • Program education / public awareness

You can read more about the topics and what everyone said here, but join the conversation by commenting below.

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6 Responses to EXPO: Let’s talk garbage

  1. Dennis says:

    Given the reduction in lot sizes particularly in the newer ares there is simply no room for the larger garbage containers under consideration. We have no back lane access to our back yard and during the winter access from the front is extremely limited. this, in addition to having a small garage means that the containers will have to be stored on the front streetside permanently. This will create difficulties for snow clearance and will prove to be an eyesore for the community. A "one-size fits all solution" will not work throughout the City as each community has its own characteristics. We presently recycle and find that the current use of smaller collection receptacles meets our needs. Please consider this issue carefully.

  2. Andrea says:

    I believe that we should be thankful for the good job the city is doing in trying to deal with our garbage and the fact that we do not pay extra for this service. Other countries do not do as good a job and charge their citizens for that service. We as citizens of our city need to do a better job of managing our waste and teaching our children that the streets and sidewalks are not their garbage cans. I would love to see larger recycling bins similar to the rolling bins we now have for garbage as this would make it easier to get to the curb and there is less chance of the wind blowing half the items out of the bins and down the street. It would also be great to pick up organic waste. We tried to use a composter a number of years ago however with just 2 people we did not generate the correct ratio of organic products and even an additive did not seem to help.
    We also need to convince companies to use less packaging and more environmentaly friendly packing methods. Many times there is 10 times the packing materials as there is product in it.

  3. Aaron says:

    According to their county website, each household in Atalanta pays over $300 per year for garbage pickup. Winnipeg claims to be doing it for $60 per single family home. Maybe the all you can dump approach comes with an all you can pay side too.

    I really find it hard to believe any household has trouble fitting their garbage into the 240 L bins (fine maybe the week after Christmas if you have lots of guests). I'd really like to see what one of these overflowing bins contains, I'm sure the city has done some waste audits, maybe they could publish the results to capture attention about what is incorrectly going into the garbage.

    If people can handle bringing all the garbage into their homes in the first place I think they can handle getting it to the back lane in the right bin too.

    P.S. – large cardboard boxes make great recycling bins for weeks where you have extra recycling.

  4. MARY says:

    Your curbies are a joke. Too small and should be picked up in the front not the back lane. Atlanta has had them for forty years and they work but no one is expected to jam their garbage into a pail. AND what about the rest of the garbage that doesn't fit. It is strewn all over the back lane. Mark my words Winnipeg will be the Brady landfill. I am talking about large cardboard boxes, styrofoam, broken toys, small pieces of wood, etc. You can't expect everyone to drive to the Brady Landfill. Some of us are too old and too sick to be playing with garbage. We have garbage, we have recycling, we have hazardous waste, we have computers and TVs. Someone else wants us to compost rat food. It is your job to handle garbage not mine.

  5. SpeakUpWinnipeg says:

    Thank you for your comment. Since this site is specific to the development of a new Garbage and Recycling Master Plan, we have forwarded your comment to the department working on the Parks, Places and Open Spaces project.

  6. Karen says:

    I would like to draw the attention of administration to the insufficiency of Sustainability Policy as outlined bThanks for continuing the conversation . I got the invitation to attend the Expo a week before it was scheduled and because of other committments could not attend all of the Expo. Since my interest is in Public Open Space and the social, economic, and ecosystem services it makes, I made an effort to attend the interactive survey on Parks, Places and Open Spaces. It was not well attended, primarily because, I believe that the community of interest was not identified. Lots of people are interested in this area of land use. Most were unaware that the survey was being done. It it were widely known and available the response would have been overwhelming. So the low attendance was underwhelmingy City Staff, that of the three legged stool. The analogy will not hold because nature bats last. In terms of urban planning, the three legged stool is a blunt insturment.
    As a beginning towards incorporating a more comprehensive understanding of sustainability into the day to day planning of Parks, Places and Open Spaces lets include conversations about the ecosystem services performed by Parks, Places and Open Spaces. We could start by looking at the role that these play in conservation of stormwater. Reducing the stormwater runoff reduces the burden on wastewater treatment through reducing the volume of wastewater treated. Contributes to naturalizing the urban hydrological cycle and conserves fresh water for the future.
    A decade ago the Rivers Peaked at the end of March or the second week of April now they peak between the last of June and the first two weeks of July. Already this year we have received record amounts of snowfall.
    The areas of the city which could benefit most from Parks, Places and Open Spaces are the areas where there is a high ratio of impermeable to permeable land.
    This, and other considerations of ecosystem services need to be brought to bear on PPOS planning.
    Winnipeg is the only city of its' size in North America which does not have a Parks and Recreation Department.
    In areas of town where there is a high ratio of impermeable to permeable land the Province has seen fit to fund agencies which have assumed the role of 'planner'. The interest, and apparently the understanding of agency employees in ecosystem services is minimal. To some extent this is reflected in what is brought to the city by graduates of the Planning Department at the University of Manitoba. It might be an idea to include the perspectives of an environmental engineer in City Planning. I understand this kind of thing is taught at Guelph University. It is not taught in Manitoba. We have to go outside the Province. It is critical that ecosystem services are taken into account when planning for PPOS. Other cities do it.