Where does all our garbage come from?

On March 24, 2011, in Phase 2, Speaking Up, by Justin

Where does our garbage come from?

  1. Residential (single-family homes, apartment buildings and condos)
    • about 230,000 tonnes collected and delivered to Brady Landfill
  2. Non-residential (e.g., construction and demolition industry, schools, office buildings)
    • 140,000 tonnes delivered to Brady Landfill
    • at least 230,000 tonnes from other sources disposed of in regional landfills close to Winnipeg (e.g., St. Andrews)
  3. City of Winnipeg corporation (e.g., wastewater treatment by-products, waste from office buildings, arenas and community clubs)
    • 35,000 tonnes delivered to Brady Landfill

Why don’t we know exactly how much garbage is produced by non-residential sources?

The City of Winnipeg:

  • is not responsible for collecting or disposing of non-residential garbage,
  • does not have access to the amount of waste hauled by private companies.

What will the future hold for garbage collection and disposal services?

  • How can we learn more about waste from non-residential sources?
  • What can we do to help reduce the volume of non-residential garbage?
  • Are there any other sources of garbage not listed that we need to examine?

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4 Responses to Where does all our garbage come from?

  1. Peter says:

    I agree with the remark above and elsewhere that expert research and analysis and best practices are needed to guide solutions. You already have a good statement of the vision we'd like to see fulfilled. Now it's up to Stantec and other experts to do the waste stream analysis – not only for Brady but elsewhere in the city and capital region – and then systematically identify the different components and approximate volumes of different materials in the waste stream and potential ways of processing and utilizing them. Then you need to focus in material-specific ways on what is required to reduce each item of waste and get the best use from it in cost-effective ways, taking into account external social and environmental costs. Then you need to identify appropriate incentives and policy instruments (e.g. landfill bans) to ensure these resources are diverted, used well, and, ideally create, local economic benefits.

  2. PMC says:

    Your remark, "does not have access to the amount of waste hauled by private companies" is not accurate. At the Brady Road Landfill there's a weigh scale. Each and every vehicle has to be weighed, no exceptions. Each vehicle pays a fee to leave their waste behind. Therefore, it is known exactly how much waste is deposited by non resident and resident transportation.
    The comment I would like to contribute is one that was suggested to me by some more seasoned folks. Stop the packaging industry in their tracks. The cardboard boxes, the plastic bags, and all other deposable materials have to stopped from being produced. Europe has had an entirely different approach for over 40 years! Why reinvent the wheel? Use the same ways that work very well thank you kindly. For example, each family or single person or company or corporation has its own durable packaging that is used about 1,000 times before being replaced. This personal packaging is filled, emptied, cleaned up and the cycle continues over and over again. Why search for candlelight when there's street lights every 300 feet? Use a proven and economical system instead of asking every Tom, Diana and Harley.

    • SpeakUpWinnipeg says:

      Yes, we do have access to the amount of garbage hauled to Brady Landfill, but there are two other landfills in the region that are used by private waste haulers. We do not have access to the information at the private landfills.

      • laya says:

        this whole speak up winnipeg website is just a pile of crap like what at the landfill!!!