Organics Collection

Town Council approved the introduction of curbside organics collection starting in spring of 2017.

Thanks to everyone who provided feedback to help us refine the organics program to meet your needs and help us work together to increase our waste diversion.

Program details approved

On Monday September 26, 2016, Council approved amendments to the Waste Management Bylaw required to move forward with Cochrane's organics collection program. See the presentation.

  • homes that currently receive municipal waste collection will get new organics carts:
    • small kitchen bins for all households
    • 240L carts for single-family and duplex homes
    • 120L carts for townhomes
  • collection schedule: weekly in the summer, every two weeks in winter
    note: no changes planned in frequency of garbage and recycling collection
  • material accepted
    • kitchen scraps and food waste, including meat, fish and bones
    • coffee and tea (plus filters and bags)
    • paper goods soiled by food (paper plates and napkins)
    • yard waste (grass clippings, branches and leaves.
    • cat litter and dog waste (in compostable bags)
Fees are finalized through the annual budget process; administration will be recommending no increase for 2017.

Town of Cochrane is required by the City of Calgary to implement organic collection in order to continue using City of Calgary landfills.

Did you know:

  • In 2015, Cochrane sent about 2,000 tonnes of organic waste to landfill — all material could have been turned into compost.
  • Organic waste in landfill releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is 23x more potent than carbon dioxide emissions in the atmosphere.
  • About 60% of the current waste in your garbage could actually be composted

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