Since last November, we’ve asked for you to share your thoughts on garbage, recycling and composting for Winnipeg. Based on what we heard and best practices, here is the draft Comprehensive Integrated Waste Management Plan report from our consultant, Stantec Engineering, with recommendations for Winnipeg’s garbage, recycling and composting programs for the next 20 years. This report provides recommendations for:
- options that together will keep more than 50% of our residential garbage out of the landfill,
- equitable and uniform garbage collection service
- supporting the Brady Road Landfill environmental licensing process
In 2009, Winnipeggers landfilled over 340,000 tonnes of material, and recycled and composted approximately 54,000 tonnes of material, for a diversion rate of about 15%. The recommendations in this report have the potential to increase the diversion rate to 35% by 2016 and greater than 50% by 2020.
Here is a summary of the recommendations in the report.
- Implement automated garbage cart collection city-wide for single family homes
- Phase out all other types of collection for single family homes (e.g., manual, AutoBin, wheelbarrow cart collection)
- Provide bulky waste pickup at a cost of $5 per item
- Provide surplus waste pickup at a cost of $5 for up to three standard size garbage bags
- Continue to collect abandoned waste
- Implement automated recycling cart collection city-wide for single family homes, replacing the current manual blue box collection program
- Increase opportunities for away-from-home recycling
- Offer a biweekly leaf and yard waste collection program seven months per year, and discontinuing the seasonal drop off depots
- Implement a trial curbside kitchen waste collection program, and based on the results, recommending a full-scale program.
- Establish up to 4 Community Resource Recovery Centres (CRRC) where residents could drop off material that could be reused, resold or recycled (e.g., construction and demolition material, household items).
- It is expected that industry stewards (e.g., household hazardous waste, electronic waste) and non-profit organizations could participate, by potentially hosting on-site depots for various materials.
Brady Road Landfill
- Change the focus of Brady Road Landfill from waste burial to resource recovery, and renaming it Brady Road Resource Management Facility
- Upon approval of this report, prepare an Environment Act proposal for licensing of the Brady Road Landfill site to reflect the uses outlined in the master plan
- Rezone the site to accommodate diverse uses which could include a “Green Business Park” for commercial/industrial resource recovery, product development and sales
The full full draft of the report can be found at the bottom of this page.
The report provides options with a number of social and environmental benefits for the community and residents.
- Greater access to environmental programs and diversion opportunities
- Help reduce illegal dumping
- Improve fairness by providing uniform services and fees for all residents
- Improve control of vermin, odours and wind-blown litter, and significantly reduce collection worker injuries
- Reduce incidents of vandalism, fire and graffiti
- Significantly increase garbage diversion rates
- Reduce odour, leachate production and operating costs at Brady Road Landfill, while improving safety
- Increase the lifespan of Brady Road Landfill, preserving capacity for the future
- Reduce greenhouse gas production (300,000 tonnes CO2e annually within 5 years, 569,000 tonnes CO2e annually within 20 years)
When would these changes take place?
The Garbage and Recycling Master Plan will go forward to Council this fall and will be informed by this report. If the plan is approved, changes to your garbage and recycling services would start in 2012.
If the plan is approved, changes to your garbage and recycling services would start in 2012.
- Garbage and recycling cart delivery would take place summer to fall 2012, depending on location.
- Biweekly yard waste collection would begin fall 2012, depending on garbage cart delivery.
- The first CRRC at Brady Road Landfill could be operating as early as 2013.
- A trial program for kitchen organic waste could take place as early as 2014.
If you live in an apartment or condo building, we are working to develop more programs specifically for you and will roll them out once they’re ready.
We will also continue to work on and implement strategies to support diverting waste from businesses and institutions.
The consultant is recommending two methods to fund the additional services:
- Either that program costs be funded through a combination of property taxes and an annual user fee.
- Property taxes would support diversion programs (e.g., recycling and composting)
- The user fee would fund the balance of garbage collection costs and would be $50.00 per single-family dwelling unit per year, billed quarterly ($12.50/3 months) on the water bill.
- Or that the property taxes entirely fund the additional services outlined in the report
For more information on the Draft Comprehensive Integrated Waste Management Plan report, download the:
- Draft Executive Summary Comprehensive Integrated Waste Management Plan*
- Draft Comprehensive Integrated Waste Management Plan*
- Phase 2 Public Participation Reports
*The FINAL Comprehensive Integrated Waste Management Plan is now available for download.