Residential Food Waste Collection Pilot Project

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The City of Winnipeg (City) began a two-year Residential Food Waste Collection Pilot Project in October 2020. During the pilot, the City is collecting food waste from homes in several areas of Winnipeg. The pilot will divert food waste from the landfill and turn it into compost at the Brady Road Resource Management Facility. The pilot will help us determine how to collect food waste from all homes in Winnipeg and if residents feel it is valuable.

Waste diversion is when our garbage goes somewhere other than the landfill. Diverting waste from the landfill reduces the impact of solid waste on the environment. Food waste (like fruit and vegetable scraps, meat, and bones) is a valuable resource because it can become compost.

The City of Winnipeg (City) began a two-year Residential Food Waste Collection Pilot Project in October 2020. During the pilot, the City is collecting food waste from homes in several areas of Winnipeg. The pilot will divert food waste from the landfill and turn it into compost at the Brady Road Resource Management Facility. The pilot will help us determine how to collect food waste from all homes in Winnipeg and if residents feel it is valuable.

Waste diversion is when our garbage goes somewhere other than the landfill. Diverting waste from the landfill reduces the impact of solid waste on the environment. Food waste (like fruit and vegetable scraps, meat, and bones) is a valuable resource because it can become compost.

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    Why are you doing a pilot project first?

    over 2 years ago

    In 2019, Council directed the Public Service to conduct a pilot project, to test how a city-wide program could work. The data and feedback received from the pilot project will inform decisions for implementing a city-wide program.

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    What are greenhouse gases and why do we have to reduce them?

    over 2 years ago

    Greenhouse gases are gases in Earth’s atmosphere that trap heat. Too much trapped heat leads to changes in average temperatures and precipitation, which causes melting arctic and glacial ice, rising water levels, changes to plants and animals and extreme, unpredictable weather conditions.

    The City of Winnipeg is committed to reducing greenhouse gases and creating a sustainable environment for our residents. You can learn more about our efforts by visiting winnipeg.ca/climateaction.

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    When will Winnipeg get a city-wide food waste collection program?

    over 2 years ago

    After the pilot project is complete in fall 2022, the Public Service will assess the pilot and provide a report to Council. Council will then make a decision on whether to move forward with a city-wide residential food waste collection program.

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    How much does this pilot project cost?

    over 2 years ago

    The cost of the pilot project is estimated at $1.8 million and it will be funded from the Waste Diversion Reserve.

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    Will there be a cost to me if my home is selected for the pilot?

    over 2 years ago

    There is no cost to homeowners selected to participate in the pilot project.

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    Do I have to participate if my home is selected for the pilot project?

    over 2 years ago

    Participation in the pilot project is voluntary; however, we do encourage you to participate. It is important to develop a program suitable for all Winnipeggers and we encourage pilot participants to provide their feedback through the public engagement opportunities. Understanding challenges with the pilot project will help to improve a city-wide collection program.

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    How will I know if my household has been selected to participate?

    over 2 years ago

    Pilot households will receive a letter in the mail notifying that they have been selected to participate in the pilot program in August 2020.

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    What will happen if my home is selected for the pilot project?

    over 2 years ago

    Participating residents will receive a curbside cart, a kitchen pail, and educational material delivered to their homes. Collection of residential food waste will take place on the same day as residents’ regular garbage and recycling collection.

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    Why wasn’t my household/neighbourhood selected to participate?

    over 2 years ago

    A detailed analysis based on a set of criteria was conducted to assist with selecting five pilot areas. The criteria were developed to select five individual areas that, as a whole, are reflective of the city’s characteristics. This was done to understand what the performance of a city-wide collection program could look like.

    Other influencing factors included selection of a neighbourhood for each day of the week on the collection schedule as well as from each quadrant of the city and one within the city centre.

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    What happens to the food waste after it is collected?

    over 2 years ago

    All food waste collected will be composted at the Brady Road Resource Management Facility. The compost will be used in City flower beds and to landscape finished areas of the landfill.

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