Cochrane’s residential organics collection schedule becomes bi-weekly in mid-October.
The program was designed to reduce frequency when organics volume typically goes down.
“We know there’s less organic material to pick up in fall and winter,” says Fabrizio Bertolo, Cochrane’s waste and recycling manager. “Residents aren’t including grass clippings and yard waste, so green carts don’t fill up as quickly.”
Cochrane’s residential organics collection program started in mid-April after green carts and kitchen catcher bins were delivered to homes that receive Town of Cochrane waste and recycling collection. Reduced collection frequency for part of the year helps the Town manage operational costs.
Collection days vary by zone. Residents can check their Waste and Recycling Calendar for the fall/winter schedule, or look on cochrane.ca/Organics.
Cochrane’s Zero Waste Framework was adopted in Fall 2012 with the goal of diverting 80% of our waste from landfill by 2020. In September 2016, Council approved amendments to the Waste Management Bylaw required to move forward with Cochrane's organics collection program. There was no increase to waste and recycling collection fees in 2017.
Town of Cochrane is required by the City of Calgary to implement organic collection to continue using City of Calgary landfills.
Full details of Cochrane’s organics program are on cochrane.ca/Organics. Residents can ask questions and get waste reduction tips on Facebook.com/CochraneEcoCentre.