Implementation of green carts/bin service will start in Spring 2023 and will be provided to 34,500 single-family homes and 7,500 multi-family residences (apartments/condos). Like many other municipalities, in order to plan and operate the program efficiently, it needs to be universally implemented across the entire community. Therefore there is no option to opt out of the curbside organics collection program.
Residential curbside organics collection will include a weekly collection of green carts during the summer (April 1 – October 31) and a bi-weekly collection of green carts during the winter (November 1 – March 31). This seasonal approach considers the seasonal variation of yard waste material and addresses the potential odour and “yuck factor” issues that others have observed during the warm season.
Garbage and recycling collection will remain on an alternating bi-weekly schedule throughout the year.
Organics materials accepted in the green cart will include:
- Food Waste
- Yard Waste (small branches up to 3 ft, grass, and leaves)
All materials will be received at the Waste & Recycling Centre and processing will occur at the compost facility. Design and construction of the compost facility will start in 2022 and will be operational in the spring of 2023.
Dollars and Cents
Once organics collection begins in 2023, residential customers in a single family home will see a $5/month charge and customers in a multi-family residence (apartment/condo) will see a $4/month charge on their utility bill to cover a portion of the organics program expenses.
This charge will cover part of the following costs:
- Compost facility operations (maintenance, utilities, staffing)
- Curbside collection of organics materials
- Compost marketing and sales
- Maintenance and lifecycle for trucks and carts
- Resources for public education and outreach
Why Collect Organics?
This program is part of the initiatives proposed in the Residential Waste Diversion Strategy approved by Council in 2015. Based on waste audits at the Waste & Recycling Centre, about 57% of the materials in the black cart is organics. The introduction of a curbside organics program means the organics material could be diverted and contribute towards approved waste diversion targets.
After successful implementation of curbside recycling in 2019, Council directed administration to prepare an implementation plan for residential curbside collection of organics. This plan was submitted to City Council as part of the Capital Improvement Program deliberations and was approved on May 18, 2021.
The benefit of a curbside organics program include reduced landfill greenhouse gas and leachate emissions, increase landfill air space availability and provides another option for residential food waste management.