Fabrizio Bertolo, Cochrane’s manager of waste and recycling is proud of how the program is coming together. “We’ve been talking with residents and working very hard over the past year to develop a great program for our community,” he says. “Over two-thirds of material we send to landfill at the moment is actually organic waste that could be composted.”
The new program includes delivery of small kitchen bins and organic waste carts to all homes that currently receive municipal waste collection (240L carts for single-family and duplex homes; 120L carts for townhomes). Organics will be collected every week in the summer, every two weeks in winter. No changes are planned in current frequency for garbage and recycling.
The list of materials accepted in Cochrane’s organics program is lengthy: everything from the usual food waste (including meat, fish and bones) and coffee and tea (plus filters and bags), to paper goods soiled by food (paper plates and napkins), and yard waste such as grass clippings, branches and leaves. Pet owners will also be able include cat litter and dog waste, as long as it’s in compostable bags.
Fees are finalized through the annual budget process; administration will be recommending no increase for 2017.
Cochrane’s Zero Waste Framework was adopted in Fall 2012 with the goal of diverting 80% of our waste from landfill by 2020. In May 2015, Town Council directed administration to develop a residential organic waste diversion strategy and to bring the bylaw amendments necessary for implementation to Council for approval.
Town of Cochrane is required by the City of Calgary to implement organic collection in order to continue using City of Calgary landfills.
Cochrane’s curbside organics collection program starts in April 2017.