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Brady Environment Act Proposal Submission

In the fall of 2011 we shared the results of the Brady Road Landfill environmental impact assessment and presented opportunities for the future of Brady Road Landfill…

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The Future of Brady Road Landfill

Future of Brady Site Map

Brady Road Landfill, the City’s sole landfill since 1998, handles more than 400,000 tonnes of garbage each year – about one third of which is organic waste. It emits greenhouse gases equal to the annual emissions from about 70,000 passenger vehicles and produces up to six tanker trucks of leachate every day for treatment. Current diversion programs at the landfill recycle more than 11,800 tonnes of material each year.

Brady Landfill has been operating under a permit since 1973. Provincial regulations have evolved and landfills in Manitoba are now required to be licensed. As part of the licensing process, the City is required to prepare an environmental impact assessment.

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Garbage & Recycling Master Plan

More than 2,500 Winnipeggers participated in nine months of city-wide public consultations to help develop a new innovative garbage and recycling master plan that provides uniform affordable services city-wide and offers citizens numerous environmental programs so Winnipeg can increase diverted waste by 50% or more.

The plan will be considered at the Standing Policy Committee on Infrastructure Renewal and Public Works meeting on Monday, October 3, 2011.

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The Garbage & Recycling Master Plan – Consultant’s Draft Report

Garbage and Recycling Master Plan

Here is the draft Comprehensive Integrated Waste Management Plan report from our consultant, Stantec Engineering, with recommendations for Winnipeg’s garbage, recycling and composting programs for the next 20 years.

In 2009, Winnipeggers landfilled over 340,000 tonnes of material, and recycled and composted approximately 54,000 tonnes of material, for a diversion rate of about 15%. The recommendations in this report have the potential to increase the diversion rate to 35% by 2016 and greater than 50% by 2020.

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Phase 2 Wrap-up

In Phase 2 we shared options for the future of garbage, recycling and organics in Winnipeg. We wanted to know what you thought would work best for our city. We also shared plans for the future of Brady Road Landfill. From March-April 2011 we hosted a number of events, open houses and surveys. View the results of those events here.

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Industrial, Commercial & Institutional, and Construction and Demolition Waste

The City only manages a small percentage of Winnipeg’s non-residential waste. Here are some possible initiatives that the City can do to encourage and support non-residential diversion.

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What is a deposit system for containers?

Throughout the SpeakUp on Garbage process, many Winnipeggers have asked about the possibility of a deposit system for containers. Manitoba currently uses a levy system and here are some of the differences between the two systems.

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A Curbside Organics Program for Winnipeg

We are starting the process right now for a curbside organics program in Winnipeg, but it could take up to 5 years to implement. This is an overview what the program would take to implement and what it could look like.

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What is a Community Depot?

A Community Depot in Hamilton, Ontario

Community Depots are a place where residents can drop off material that can be recycled or reused instead of putting it in the garbage. They have the potential to reduce the amount of garbage we throw out by 3% each and are found in many other Canadian cities. Are Community Depots right for Winnipeg?

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Recycling: What do we collect and where does it go?

Paper being baled at the Materials Recovery Facility

The goal of the City’s recycling program is to sell the material it receives at the highest net cost for the best available end use. There isn’t enough demand locally for the recyclable materials, so the material is shipped and sold to different parts of the world. What kind of materials should the City of Winnipeg recycling program collect? Is there anything we can do to help develop local markets for the recyclables we produce?

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Where does all our garbage come from?

Winnipeg produces over 500,000 tonnes of garbage every year. Only 30% of this is residential waste. Understanding where all of our garbage comes from will be essential to developing a Garbage and Recycling Master Plan for Winnipeg.

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What does garbage and recycling cost us?

Ottawa: $73; Winnipeg: $75; London: $86; Toronto: $121; Sudbury: $146; Windsor: $187; Hamilton: $188

The financial cost of garbage and recycling services in Winnipeg is among the lowest of all major Canadian Cities. In the first half of this post, we will look at how much garbage and recycling cost us as individuals, and in the second half we will look at how much they cost the City.

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Phase 1 Wrap-up

Participants offering their visions of Garbage Service

Phase 1 started the conversation about the future of garbage and recycling services in Winnipeg. We achieved several milestones and have reports from our public participation and surveys available to view.

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Options for Yard Waste Collection

Darryl Drohomerski, Manager of Solid Waste Services with the City of Winnipeg shares two options for residential yard waste collection and composting: Biweekly pickup from April to November or 4 pickups a year (2 in the Spring and 2 in the Fall)

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Residential Recycling Options

Randy Park, the supervisor of waste diversion at the City of Winnipeg shares shares two options for single family home recycling: blue automated carts or an additional blue box. Learn about these options and tell us which option do you prefer. Which option do you think is best for Winnipeg?

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Guiding Principles & Resources

Waste Hierarchy: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover, Residuals (disposal)

We’ve updated our background information with our Guiding Principles and some Resources. Our Guiding Principles are the foundation for our options for garbage, recycling and organics. The resources posted include previous reports and strategies for the City’s waste and recycling programs.

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Residential Garbage Collection

In this video, Randy Park, the supervisor of waste diversion at the City of Winnipeg shares information about our residential garbage collection and why we are recommending automated collection using carts.

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Options for Garbage, Recycling and Organics

Darryl Drohomerski, Manager of Solid Waste Services with the City of Winnipeg, introduces options for Winnipeg's Garbage & Recycling Master Plan.

Darryl Drohomerski, Manager of Solid Waste Services with the City of Winnipeg introduces options for garbage, recycling and organics programs as part of the process for developing Winnipeg’s new Garbage Master Plan.

Diverting 50% of our waste from being buried at the landfill can’t happen over night. We’ve developed some options for the short, medium and long term. These options follow the Waste Hierarchy of: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Recover and Residuals.

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Open Houses

We are developing a plan to present to City Council in fall 2011 outlining the future of garbage and recycling services in our city. It is important that we include your comments and recommendations.

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Journées portes ouvertes

Les Winnipégois et les Winnipégoises sont invités à s’exprimer au sujet des déchets.

Nous sommes en train d’élaborer un plan que nous allons présenter au Conseil municipal à l’automne 2011, plan qui tracera les grandes lignes de l’avenir des services de collecte des déchets et de recyclage dans la ville. Il est important que nous y incluions vos observations et vos recommandations. 

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How Do We Collect Garbage?

Automated carts collection image

The City collects residential garbage from 278,000 homes in Winnipeg using five different collection methods. This is more than most major North American cities. There are benefits and challenges to each system. What method makes the most sense economically, environmentally and socially for Winnipeg? Tell us your thoughts on the way we collect garbage from your home and what you think the garbage collection system should look like.

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Who Manages Our Community’s Garbage?

Brady Road Landfill Sign

The City of Winnipeg, the Province of Manitoba, private industry, and stewardship organizations partner to provide many garbage and recycling services, programs and policies. What more can we do to work together towards improving garbage and recycling services in Winnipeg?

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17% Diversion – What does this mean?

Approximate waste diversion rate comparison of major Canadian cities

“Winnipeg diverts 17% of its residential waste” is a phrase that has come up often during this project. What does this mean? How can we divert more? What kind of opportunities do you see for increasing our waste diversion in Winnipeg? What percentage should we target for waste diversion?

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EXPO: Let’s talk garbage

Expo Roundtables

During the SpeakUp on Garbage Expo, we shared our thoughts on 16 different topics ranging from recycling, to composting, to biosolids to education. Check out the list of topics and share your thoughts on them!

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EXPO: How does garbage affect us?

Speakers giving their presentations

At the SpeakUp on Garbage Expo, a panel of experts from Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Minnesota spoke on different perspectives of waste management and the effect it has on our lives. Is there anything we can learn from these speakers about how Winnipeg could be managing its garbage?

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