Garbage & Recycling Master Plan

On September 23, 2011, in Speaking Up, by Justin

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.

The Garbage & Recycling Master Plan – Consultant’s Draft Report

On August 30, 2011, in Phase 3, Speaking Up, by Justin

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.

Where does all our garbage come from?

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

Winnipeg produces over 500,000 tonnes of garbage every year. Only 30% of this is residential waste. Understanding where all of our garbage comes from will be essential to developing a Garbage and Recycling Master Plan for Winnipeg.

What does garbage and recycling cost us?

On March 22, 2011, in Speaking Up, by Justin

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.

Residential Garbage Collection

On March 8, 2011, in Phase 2, Speaking Up, by Justin

In this video, Randy Park, the supervisor of waste diversion at the City of Winnipeg shares information about our residential garbage collection and why we are recommending automated collection using carts.

Options for Garbage, Recycling and Organics

On March 4, 2011, in Phase 2, Speaking Up, by Justin

Darryl Drohomerski, Manager of Solid Waste Services with the City of Winnipeg introduces options for garbage, recycling and organics programs as part of the process for developing Winnipeg’s new Garbage Master Plan.

Diverting 50% of our waste from being buried at the landfill can’t happen over night. We’ve developed some options for the short, medium and long term. These options follow the Waste Hierarchy of: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover and Residuals.

How Do We Collect Garbage?

On December 10, 2010, in Speaking Up, by Justin

The City collects residential garbage from 278,000 homes in Winnipeg using five different collection methods. This is more than most major North American cities. There are benefits and challenges to each system. What method makes the most sense economically, environmentally and socially for Winnipeg? Tell us your thoughts on the way we collect garbage from your home and what you think the garbage collection system should look like.

Who Manages Our Community’s Garbage?

On December 7, 2010, in Speaking Up, by Justin

The City of Winnipeg, the Province of Manitoba, private industry, and stewardship organizations partner to provide many garbage and recycling services, programs and policies. What more can we do to work together towards improving garbage and recycling services in Winnipeg?

17% Diversion – What does this mean?

On November 26, 2010, in Speaking Up, by Justin

“Winnipeg diverts 17% of its residential waste” is a phrase that has come up often during this project. What does this mean? How can we divert more? What kind of opportunities do you see for increasing our waste diversion in Winnipeg? What percentage should we target for waste diversion?

EXPO: How does garbage affect us?

On November 25, 2010, in Expo, Speaking Up, by Justin

At the SpeakUp on Garbage Expo, a panel of experts from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Minnesota spoke on different perspectives of waste management and the effect it has on our lives. Is there anything we can learn from these speakers about how Winnipeg could be managing its garbage?