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.

What is a deposit system for containers?

On April 15, 2011, in Phase 2, Speaking Up, by Justin

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.

What is a Community Depot?

On March 30, 2011, in Phase 2, Speaking Up, by Justin

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?

Recycling: What do we collect and where does it go?

On March 28, 2011, in Phase 2, Speaking Up, by Justin

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?

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 Recycling Options

On March 11, 2011, in Phase 2, Speaking Up, Video, by Justin

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?

Guiding Principles & Resources

On March 10, 2011, in Speaking Up, by Justin

We’ve updated our background information with our Guiding Principles and some Resources. Our Guiding Principles are the foundation for our options for garbage, recycling and organics. The resources posted include previous reports and strategies for the City’s waste and recycling programs.

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.

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?