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 financial cost of garbage and recycling services in Winnipeg is among the lowest of all major Canadian Cities. In the first half of this post, we will look at how much garbage and recycling cost us as individuals, and in the second half we will look at how much they cost the City.
Darryl Drohomerski, Manager of Solid Waste Services with the City of Winnipeg shares two options for residential yard waste collection and composting: Biweekly pickup from April to November or 4 pickups a year (2 in the Spring and 2 in the Fall)
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?