Randy Park, the supervisor of waste diversion at the City of Winnipeg shares shares two options for single family home recycling: blue automated carts or an additional blue box. Learn about these options and tell us which option do you prefer. Which option do you think is best for Winnipeg?
Hi, I’m Randy Park, the supervisor of waste diversion at the City of Winnipeg.
Through Phase 1 of the Garbage and Recycling Master Plan, we heard that Winnipeggers want to recycle more.
We currently recycle 47,000 tonnes of material a year. Over the next 5 years, we could increase that to 72,000 tonnes with improvements to our recycling program.
We have two options for single-family recycling that we’d like your feedback on.
One option is to provide a blue cart for every single-family home in the city. The carts:
- Hold 3 – 4 times as much as our current blue boxes
- Are easy to roll, and extremely durable
- Help to reduce litter
- Keeps the material dry which improves its value when sold.
- Are less likely to be blown away by the wind
- Provide a safer and more efficient work environment for collectors
At a cost of $40 – $50 per cart, it would cost about $9 million to provide each home with one cart.
Another option is to provide one additional blue box for every single-family home.
Although the blue box option is not expected to be as successful as the cart option in increasing the volume of material recycled, blue boxes:
- Are more flexible, so you can use as few or as many as you need to
- Need less storage space (if you use just one)
- Cost less to replace than carts
At a cost of $7 per blue box, it would cost about $1.2 million to provide each home with one blue box.
Increasing the amount Winnipeg recycles is an important step in reducing the amount of landfilled garbage by 50%.
So which option do you prefer – carts or blue boxes? 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.