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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.