We are starting the process right now for a curbside organics program in Winnipeg, but it could take up to 5 years to implement. This is an overview what the program would take to implement and what it could look like.
How long would it take to put an organics collection and composting program in place?
- It could take up to 2-5 years for the program to start.
- It could take up to 10 years for the program to reach its full potential.
Why would it take so long?
- A new facility would need to be built to compost the material:
- at least 41,000 tonnes of organics from the kitchen waste organics program,
- at least 25,000 tonnes from the yard waste program.
- From design to start-up, it typically takes about 18 – 24 months to build a composting facility.
How is this program different from the curbside yard waste collection program?
- This program is designed only for kitchen organic waste (e.g., fruit and vegetable scraps, coffee grounds). The material would be collected in a separate container from yard waste.
What would an organics collection and composting program look like for single-family homes?
- Weekly collection of a green cart (between 60 and 240 litres, depending on the size selected for the program).
How much would the program cost?
- About $30 – $40 per house per year
Would the program be offered to apartments and condos?
- Once the program is operating for single-family homes, we will offer the program to property managers of multi-family homes.
What are the benefits of an organics collection and composting program?
- Keep 41,000 tonnes of organic material out of the landfill each year.
- Reduce our greenhouse gas by 28,000 tonnes a year.
- Reduce the long-term cost for managing pollution at the landfill.
- Significantly increase the lifespan of Brady Landfill.
- Provide a valuable end-product which could be sold, given away or used in parks and sports fields.