Food & Yard Waste Pilot
The City launched a one-year residential Food and Yard Waste Pilot in fall 2020 with approximately 2,800 homes across the community to test, evaluate and revise the service before city-wide roll out.
A food and yard waste service will meet current and future waste disposal needs, extend the life of our Landfill and protect the quality of life of future generations.
View Organic Waste Service Recommendations Approved by City Council on September 24.
- 2020 - Launch pilot project – September 21
- 2021 - Recommendation to Council for city-wide implementation
- 2023 - Full city-wide roll out
Zoom & click on the areas highlighted in green for more information on the pilot locations.
Strong Satisfaction with Food and Yard Waste Service
Participants have been doing a great job and are embracing the new program. The pilot has achieved remarkable results in the first six months and is providing excellent insights into what’s working well and what areas of improvement can be considered prior to city-wide rollout.
In a recent mid-way pilot survey, participating households said:
- 81 per cent indicated strong satisfaction with pilot
- 80 per cent indicated they used their green cart for both yard and food waste
- 35 per cent agree that there are challengesto be addressed
Pilot participants efforts are helping to lead the way in making our city cleaner and greener.
Pilot by the numbers:
- 300 tonnes of food and yard waste collected
- 29 per cent reduction in garbage cart material
- 2 per cent contamination rate
In March, the City reached a major milestone with our first “pile flip” at the food and yard waste pilot processing site. The pile flip is part of how waste is moved through the composting process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is it important to implement a food and yard waste service?
- Food and yard waste currently make up about 50 per cent of what goes in the average Regina resident’s garbage cart over the course of a year.
- We can only achieve the 65 per cent waste diversion goal set by Council by implementing a food and yard waste service. The City's waste diversion rate has remained static at 20 per cent since 2015.
- This will prolong the life of our landfill and reduce the greenhouse gasses which are produced when food and yard waste are landfilled.
Why is it important to divert food and yard waste from the Landfill?
- Food and yard waste are not garbage. They are a valuable resource which can be turned into nutrient-rich compost
- Landfill space is beneficial for long-term waste management and should only be used for materials that cannot be reused or recycled.
How will the pilot project work?
- We will be testing different cart size combinations (garbage and food and yard waste) in the pilot to see what works best for Regina residents.
- Pilot participants have received a green cart for food and yard waste and a kitchen pail.
- Pilot participants will be asked to put all food waste and yard waste into the green cart and roll the cart out (to the front curb or back alley) on your green cart collection day.
- Green carts will be picked up weekly. Garbage service will be bi-weekly for pilot participants.
How were the pilot areas selected?
- Pilot participants must currently receive City garbage and recycling services.
- The pilot areas include participants from every ward in the City and represent a cross-section of Regina residents. Naturally, the pilot must also include some households with front street collection and some with back alley collection.
My home isn’t in the pilot area, can I still participate?
- Unfortunately, no we are not accepting volunteers for the pilot.
- Neighborhoods were selected systematically to ensure a representative sample of Regina neighborhoods. Factors such as community age, median household income, front street or alley waste collection and tree cover were considered in the selection process.
Why do we need to do a pilot project, instead of implementing city-wide now?
- Curbside food and yard waste service is new to the City of Regina. The pilot project will be used to test the service and identify and address any issues before rollout to the whole city.
- The pilot project will give some residents the opportunity to use the service and provide feedback that may be incorporated into the city-wide service.
What items will be accepted in the food and yard waste service?
- It’s commonly referred to as “scrape the plate,” meaning that all food scraps, including meat, bones, dairy and greases will be accepted. Yard waste and soiled paper (paper towel, cardboard and tissues) will also be accepted.
- Pet waste and diapers are not accepted.
- Plastic bags, including all types of “certified compostable” and “biodegradable” are not accepted.
Why not use bags instead of carts for collection?
- The City made a large investment to transition the garbage service away from bagged collection and towards cart collection.
- Bagged collection required a different collection truck than our current collection fleet.
- Bagged collection requires twice as many staff as cart collection.
- Bagged collection increases the risk on injury to workers caused by repetitive lifting of garbage bags.
- Bags increase the likelihood of leakage and can cause issues with odour and pests.
How will we pay for this new service when it goes city-wide?
- Council will consider recommendations for the ongoing funding of the city-wide food and yard waste service after the pilot and prior to city-wide rollout.
Food & Yard Waste Pilot
Pilot households received a kitchen catcher to store food scraps and welcome package material.
We are testing three green cart sizes in pilot – 120L, 240L and 360L
Load of food, yard waste and soiled paper material from pilot's green carts at the processing site.
The processing site uses GORE Cover technology to aerate the piles and lock-in moisture to ensure a high-quality finished compost.
Some of the compost created in the first six months of the pilot program.