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Organic Waste Service Recommendation

City Council has approved moving forward with a pilot project prior to implementing a year-round curbside organic (food and yard) waste collection and processing service.

The City is committed to providing convenient, effective and affordable waste services, including management of the landfill. An organic waste service will meet current and future waste disposal needs and protect the quality of life o2017 cartf future generations.

What is organic waste?

  • Organic refers to any material that can decompose naturally under the right conditions.
  • Municipal organic programs usually include food scraps (fruit, vegetables, grains, oils, meats and bones), yard waste (leaves, grass) and soiled paper (paper towel, cardboard, tissues).

Facts:

  • The City's residential waste diversion rate has remained static at 20 per cent since 2015.
  • A curbside organic waste service moves Regina closer to City Council's target of diverting 65 per cent of household waste from the landfill.
  • Organic waste (food and yard waste) makes up about 50 per cent of residential waste.
  • Organic waste is a valuable resource that can be used to make products like nutrient-rich compost and energy.
  • Year-round collection will achieve the highest diversion, resulting in less waste going to the landfill.
  • Diverting organic waste will reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and extend the life of the landfill.

 Why is it important to divert organics from the landfill?

  • Organic material is not garbage.
  • Landfill space is beneficial for long-term waste management and should only be used for materials that cannot be reused, recycled or composted.
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

 How does Regina compare to other municipalities?

  • Among Canadian municipalities with populations over 150,000, Regina is one of the only cities that does not have some type of curbside organic program.

View Organic Waste Service Recommendation - Approved by City Council on September 24.

Implementation Plan:

2019

  • Replace the current yard waste depot program with a single-site location for spring 2019.
  • Begin the competitive procurement process for a consultant with expert knowledge and experience in the implementation of residential organic waste diversion programs.
  • Begin the competitive procurement process for the collection of residential curbside organic waste for the pilot period only.
  • Begin the competitive procurement process for the construction and operation of an organic waste processing facility.

 2020

  • A pilot curbside organic waste service will be initiated to finalize operational details.
  • The pilot project will give residents the opportunity to use the service and provide feedback that will be incorporated into the City-wide implementation.

 2021

  • Evaluate the pilot and adjust the final implementation plan.
  • Prepare and present the final implementation plan to City Council.

2022 or 2023

  • Roll out curbside organic waste collection service to everyone who receives City garbage and recycling collection service.

What are the advantages of a Curbside Organic (food and yard) Waste Program?

  • Allows all yard and food waste, including meat, dairy, produce, fats, oils and grease to be disposed in the organic waste cart. The “scrape the plate” program also can extend to compostable products, such as pizza boxes and paper towels.
  • If it can be eaten, grown or composted, it can be disposed in the organic waste cart.
  • Residents that do not have yard waste can divert food waste.
  • Residents that compost at home can dispose of food waste that is not recommended for backyard composting, such as meat, dairy and other cooked foods.
  • A weekly curbside organic waste service would reduce the need for weekly garbage collection.
  • Biweekly garbage collection could be extended to a year-round schedule.

Will residents be required to have a third cart?

  • Implementing a third cart for organic waste is a successful model in other municipalities. The City will be testing out this model along with other models as part of the pilot project.

How much will this new service cost residents?

  • Estimated annual costs of a curbside organic waste service, and accounting for reduced garbage collection frequency, there would be a $36 increase to property taxes on a home assessed at $350,000 or an additional $51 annual user fee.