In the fall of 2011 we shared the results of the Brady Road Landfill environmental impact assessment and presented opportunities for the future of Brady Road Landfill…
Brady Road Landfill, the City’s sole landfill since 1998, handles more than 400,000 tonnes of garbage each year – about one third of which is organic waste. It emits greenhouse gases equal to the annual emissions from about 70,000 passenger vehicles and produces up to six tanker trucks of leachate every day for treatment. Current diversion programs at the landfill recycle more than 11,800 tonnes of material each year.
Brady Landfill has been operating under a permit since 1973. Provincial regulations have evolved and landfills in Manitoba are now required to be licensed. As part of the licensing process, the City is required to prepare an environmental impact assessment.
More than 2,500 Winnipeggers participated in nine months of city-wide public consultations to help develop a new innovative garbage and recycling master plan that provides uniform affordable services city-wide and offers citizens numerous environmental programs so Winnipeg can increase diverted waste by 50% or more.
The plan will be considered at the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works meeting on Monday, October 3, 2011.
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.
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.
In Phase 2 we shared options for the future of garbage, recycling and organics in Winnipeg. We wanted to know what you thought would work best for our city. We also shared plans for the future of Brady Road Landfill. From March-April 2011 we hosted a number of events, open houses and surveys. View the results of those events here.
The City only manages a small percentage of Winnipeg’s non-residential waste. Here are some possible initiatives that the City can do to encourage and support non-residential diversion.
Throughout the SpeakUp on Garbage process, many Winnipeggers have asked about the possibility of a deposit system for containers. Manitoba currently uses a levy system and here are some of the differences between the two systems.
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.
Community Depots are a place where residents can drop off material that can be recycled or reused instead of putting it in the garbage. They have the potential to reduce the amount of garbage we throw out by 3% each and are found in many other Canadian cities. Are Community Depots right for Winnipeg?
The goal of the City’s recycling program is to sell the material it receives at the highest net cost for the best available end use. There isn’t enough demand locally for the recyclable materials, so the material is shipped and sold to different parts of the world. What kind of materials should the City of Winnipeg recycling program collect? Is there anything we can do to help develop local markets for the recyclables we produce?