Darryl Drohomerski, Manager of Solid Waste Services with the City of Winnipeg shares two options for residential yard waste collection and composting: Biweekly pickup from April to November or 4 pickups a year (2 in the Spring and 2 in the Fall)
Hello I’m Darryl Drohomerski, Manager of Solid Waste Services with the City of Winnipeg.
Through Phase 1 of the Garbage and Recycling Master Plan, we heard that Winnipeggers wanted more options for composting yard waste.
From May until October, the amount of residential garbage going to Brady Landfill increases about 50%, and a lot of that comes from yard waste such as leaves, grass clippings, and tree trimmings.
Yard waste is a valuable resource when composted properly. But when it’s thrown into our garbage, it contributes to our greenhouse gas emissions and produces a toxic liquid called leachate. It also shortens the life of our landfill and costs us millions of dollars to collect, dispose and treat. About 5,000 tonnes are composted each year through the City’s existing programs.
We would like your feedback on two options that could keep even more yard waste out of the landfill.
In the first option, we would collect your yard waste from the curb every two weeks between April and November, and then compost it.
This program would cost about $3.5 million a year, and would collect another 20,000 tonnes of material, composting 4 times as much as we do now.
In the second option, we would collect your yard waste from the curb a total of four times — twice in the spring and twice in the fall.
This option would cost an estimated $1.4 million per year and would compost another 5,000 tonnes.
Both options would also feature permanent community yard waste depots throughout the city.
Every tonne of yard waste we throw out is equal to the annual greenhouse gas emissions of 4 passenger cars. Curbside yard waste pickup has the potential to remove emissions equivalent to 20,000 to 80,000 vehicles every year.
Collecting and composting our yard waste is an important step in reducing the amount of landfilled garbage by 50%.
Which option do you prefer — biweekly collection during the growing season or two collections in the spring and two in the fall? Which option do you think is best for Winnipeg?
For more information or to give us your feedback on yard waste collection and the Garbage and Recycling Master Plan, visit us at SpeakUpWinnipeg.com.