Food & Yard Waste Pilot
Thank you pilot participants! Your participation and input in the pilot helps shape the food and yard waste service for generations to come.
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.
- September 2020 - Launch pilot project
- November 2021 - Recommendation to Council for city-wide implementation
- 2023 - City-wide roll out of service
On November 17, the report to Council will be discussed at the Operations and Community Services Committee. The Committee will be asked to:
- Approve the extension of the food and yard waste service to pilot households until city-wide rollout.
- Approve that the recommendations in the report for the 2023 city-wide implementation be forwarded to the November 24 City Council meeting.
Zoom & click on the areas highlighted in green for more information on the pilot locations.
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?
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.