Households in Cochrane got delivery of their new green organics carts and small kitchen catcher bins starting March 27. Organics collection starts the week of April 17.
Townhomes get 120L carts; single-family and duplex homes get 240L carts. Households that currently receive municipal waste collection will also receive organics collection.
The carts come with full instructions and a list of materials accepted in Cochrane’s organics program. The list is lengthy: food waste (including meat, fish and bones) and coffee and tea (plus filters and bags), paper goods soiled by food (paper plates and napkins), and yard waste such as grass clippings, branches and leaves. Pet owners can also include cat litter and dog waste, as long as it’s in compostable bags.
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.
In September 26, 2016, Council approved amendments to the Waste Management Bylaw required to move forward with Cochrane's organics collection program. There is no increase to waste and recycling collection fees in 2017.
Town of Cochrane is required by the City of Calgary to implement organic collection in order to continue using City of Calgary landfills.
Residents can ask questions and get even more waste reduction tips on Facebook.com/CochraneEcoCentre.