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Beyond the Headline: Next steps for curbside organics

There may be some confusion after a headline appeared in local media stating "City approves funding for green bin program."

The Approval Process

The Economic Standing Policy Committee (SPC), a committee of City Council, voted on Tuesday, May 11, to recommend that Council include the E-7 Waste & Recycling Curbside Organics Collection in the list of funded projects for the 2022-2031 CIP program.

All CIP projects must be approved by City Council and final approval will occur at the May 18 City Council Meeting.

  • The CIP identifies required capital projects and provides a planning schedule and financing plan. 
  • The Economic Standing Policy Committee assists Council in fulfilling its responsibilities relating to the planning, development and implementation of the City's financial planning and budgeting, fiscal policy development and fiscal strategies, revenue and tax.

Engagement

As part of the recent Capital Improvement Program engagement, over 530 residents provided feedback on Curbside Organics Collection and 70% of the feedback was in favour of the implementing the green cart program.

More About the Proposed Curbside Organics Program

The proposed E-7 Waste & Recycling Curbside Organics Collection would include a weekly collection of green carts during the summer (April 1 – October 31) and a bi-weekly collection of green carts during the winter (November 1 – March 31).

Garbage and recycling collection would remain on an alternating bi-weekly schedule throughout the year.

If the Curbside Organics Collection is approved in the CIP, design and construction of the Compost Facility would start in 2022 and would be operational in Spring 2023. Implementation of green carts/bin service would start in Spring 2023 and would be provided to 34,500 single-family dwelling units and 7,500 multi-family dwelling units.

Organics materials accepted in the green cart would include:

  • Food Waste
  • Yard Waste (small branches up to 3 ft, grass, and leaves)

All materials would be received at the Waste & Recycling Centre and processing would occur at the Compost facility.

This program is part of the initiatives proposed in the Residential Waste Diversion Strategy approved by Council in 2015. Based on recent waste audits at the Waste & Recycling Centre, about 57% of the materials in the black cart is organics. If a Curbside Organics programs is implemented, the organics material could be diverted and contribute towards approved waste diversion targets.

 

Resources

> More information on the CIP process 

This week's deliberations are open to the public to watch can be found online at https://agendas.lethbridge.ca/AgendaOnline, on the City's YouTube page and on Shaw TV Lethbridge. Residents can also follow live updates on Twitter through the City Clerk's account at @LethCityClerk (https://twitter.com/LethCityClerk).