Residential Food Waste Collection Pilot Project

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Introduction

The City of Winnipeg (City) will begin a two-year Residential Food Waste Collection Pilot Project in October 2020. During the pilot, we will collect 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.


Background

The City’s waste diversion rate is currently around 30 percent. A city-wide residential food waste program is the only way Winnipeg can significantly increase its waste diversion rate.

A 50 percent waste diversion goal was set in 2011 in the City's the Garbage and Recycling Master Plan; however, that goal was deferred pending the completion of a pilot project and ten-year financial plan.

In 2019, Council directed the Public Service to implement a pilot project. After its completion in fall 2022, the Public Service will assess the pilot project and provide a report to Council with its findings. Council will then make a decision on whether to move forward with a city-wide residential food waste collection program.


How does the pilot project work?

Residential food waste collection for pilot households starts the first week of October, on the same day that recycling and garbage carts are picked up.

Pilot households will use their kitchen pail to collect day-to-day food waste in their home. We recommend that residents find a place that’s convenient to store it, like on the kitchen counter or under the sink.

To help keep the kitchen pail clean, you can use BPI-certified compostable plastic bags, paper bags or newspaper to line it.

When convenient, empty the kitchen pail into the green cart provided. We recommend that residents store green carts in their garage or a shady spot in their yard.

On their regular collection day, participating households should:

  • Place carts out by 7 a.m.
  • Space carts at least one arm’s length (one metre) from each other and other objects.
  • Bring carts back onto private property as soon as possible after collection.

What goes in the green cartFor a more detailed list of what is accepted and is not accepted in the residential food waste collection pilot project, please view the user guide or watch the video.


Keeping things clean

Keeping green carts and kitchen pails clean is the easiest way to reduce odours. To learn how, watch the video or follow the tips below:

  • Line the kitchen pail with a BPI-certified compostable plastic bags, paper bag or newspaper.
  • Line the bottom of the green cart with old newspapers, flyers or cardboard. This also helps to keep food waste from freezing to the bottom in the winter.
  • Place the green cart out for collection every week, even when it’s not full.
  • Store the green cart away from the hot sun, when possible.
  • Occasionally rinse the kitchen pail and green cart with warm water and soap or vinegar.

Public Engagement

It is important to develop a program that best suits the residents of Winnipeg. Feedback from pilot households about their experience will be used to guide the City, should a decision be made to implement a city-wide program.

A three-phase public engagement program will gather input that will be used to improve the implementation and delivery of the pilot project.

  • Phase 1 will provide baseline information for the pilot project and will be collected prior to the start of the pilot project. This includes a city-wide scientific survey and pilot resident survey.
  • Phase 2 will enable participants to provide feedback early in the pilot project on initial experiences and the educational handouts provided by the City. This includes a pilot resident survey and open houses.
  • Phase 3 will enable participants to provide feedback towards the end of the two-year pilot project and ask households to reflect on their experiences over the course of the pilot project. This includes a city-wide scientific survey and pilot resident survey.

The City will also be engaging various stakeholder groups, including residents that are not part of the pilot project, to gain insight into how a food waste collection program could best address the needs of all Winnipeggers. Watch for opportunities coming in November 2020.

Introduction

The City of Winnipeg (City) will begin a two-year Residential Food Waste Collection Pilot Project in October 2020. During the pilot, we will collect 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.


Background

The City’s waste diversion rate is currently around 30 percent. A city-wide residential food waste program is the only way Winnipeg can significantly increase its waste diversion rate.

A 50 percent waste diversion goal was set in 2011 in the City's the Garbage and Recycling Master Plan; however, that goal was deferred pending the completion of a pilot project and ten-year financial plan.

In 2019, Council directed the Public Service to implement a pilot project. After its completion in fall 2022, the Public Service will assess the pilot project and provide a report to Council with its findings. Council will then make a decision on whether to move forward with a city-wide residential food waste collection program.


How does the pilot project work?

Residential food waste collection for pilot households starts the first week of October, on the same day that recycling and garbage carts are picked up.

Pilot households will use their kitchen pail to collect day-to-day food waste in their home. We recommend that residents find a place that’s convenient to store it, like on the kitchen counter or under the sink.

To help keep the kitchen pail clean, you can use BPI-certified compostable plastic bags, paper bags or newspaper to line it.

When convenient, empty the kitchen pail into the green cart provided. We recommend that residents store green carts in their garage or a shady spot in their yard.

On their regular collection day, participating households should:

  • Place carts out by 7 a.m.
  • Space carts at least one arm’s length (one metre) from each other and other objects.
  • Bring carts back onto private property as soon as possible after collection.

What goes in the green cartFor a more detailed list of what is accepted and is not accepted in the residential food waste collection pilot project, please view the user guide or watch the video.


Keeping things clean

Keeping green carts and kitchen pails clean is the easiest way to reduce odours. To learn how, watch the video or follow the tips below:

  • Line the kitchen pail with a BPI-certified compostable plastic bags, paper bag or newspaper.
  • Line the bottom of the green cart with old newspapers, flyers or cardboard. This also helps to keep food waste from freezing to the bottom in the winter.
  • Place the green cart out for collection every week, even when it’s not full.
  • Store the green cart away from the hot sun, when possible.
  • Occasionally rinse the kitchen pail and green cart with warm water and soap or vinegar.

Public Engagement

It is important to develop a program that best suits the residents of Winnipeg. Feedback from pilot households about their experience will be used to guide the City, should a decision be made to implement a city-wide program.

A three-phase public engagement program will gather input that will be used to improve the implementation and delivery of the pilot project.

  • Phase 1 will provide baseline information for the pilot project and will be collected prior to the start of the pilot project. This includes a city-wide scientific survey and pilot resident survey.
  • Phase 2 will enable participants to provide feedback early in the pilot project on initial experiences and the educational handouts provided by the City. This includes a pilot resident survey and open houses.
  • Phase 3 will enable participants to provide feedback towards the end of the two-year pilot project and ask households to reflect on their experiences over the course of the pilot project. This includes a city-wide scientific survey and pilot resident survey.

The City will also be engaging various stakeholder groups, including residents that are not part of the pilot project, to gain insight into how a food waste collection program could best address the needs of all Winnipeggers. Watch for opportunities coming in November 2020.

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    Why are you doing a pilot project first?

    4 months 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?

    2 months 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?

    4 months 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?

    4 months 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?

    4 months 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?

    4 months 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?

    4 months 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?

    4 months 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?

    2 months 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?

    2 months 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.