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Support composting: letters needed

Thu Jun 16, 2005 Miss Vicky 

Waste management - my favourite topic!
I just got this through the email grapevine. It comes from Somerset Councillor Diane Holmes:

Although I am very pleased that the City has found a way to allow plastic tubs and lids back into our recycling program, the inclusion of these materials represents only 0.2% of the material sent to the landfill.

Of much greater importance is the diversion of compostible organic material (wet garbage) from the landfill which makes up 54% of the garbage presently landfilled. The proposed composting program discussed in this report is called Compost Plus.

Eventually our landfill will reach capacity, such as occurred in Toronto. Toronto's landfill was closed in 2002; since then they have been spending millions of dollars transporting 125 transport trailers of waste to Michigan on a daily basis.

Our current landfill has only 3 years of capacity left, and our application is still pending with the Ministry of the Environment for an expansion of our current facility. Even if we get permission for this expansion, our total capacity will be determined by how much material we can divert. With the expansion, this new Compost Plus program could extend our capacity to 40 years instead of only 10 years.

In Compost Plus, residents separate organic material from garbage for curbside pick-up. The compostible material could include: leftover food scraps including meat and dairy products, soiled paper and cardboard, cold fireplace ash, kitty litter, woodchips/sawdust and leaf and yard waste material. This organic material would be brought to a composting facility rather than landfilled, and the final product compost could be sold.

Implementation of the organics program would cost 10 million dollars, or each household 50 per week. By comparison, the cost of building a new landfill facility can cost up to 120 million dollars. The report also defines new ways to make garbage pick-up more cost effective, and these cost savings could be used to offset the start up costs of implementing wet garbage collection. I am advised that this program could begin in late 2007.

We need to be more responsible in how we manage our garbage, and composting organics is the only way to achieve the required higher diversion rates that the Province is mandating. Please send your letters regarding Compost Plus to Lori Ferrari 580-2424 ext 28828, lorenzina.ferrari@ottawa.ca to ensure that all members of Committee have access to your correspondence.

You can also speak at Planning and Environment Committee by contacting Lori Ferrari at the above phone number. You may review the entire document at www.ottawa.ca and follow the link entitled the "Integrated Waste Management Master Plan".

Miss Vicky is a big fan of the green box composting program. They've had one in Halifax for years. It's about time we had one here. Of course, you just know this is going to be a huge fight at Council, so do send in your letters!

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the Bitter Pirate Jun 16, 2005 05:15 PM said:

I'm all over that like good bacteria on a rotting grapefruit!

I've read a little about Toronto's curbside compost pickup. The experiment is going well, and the compost produced is top notch. The biggest problem is getting rid of the compost afterward. People "can" pick it up for home use, but it's far to get to and awkward to transport. NOT THAT THIS IS AN ARGUMENT NOT TO HAVE IT. Just saying that a city composting system works best when there's a farm nearby. I think Guelph has a deal with the Agriculture department at UofGuelph.

Maybe the city should get in bed with the Experimental Farm, or make a special zoning area around the Trail Road facility for organic farmers.

Or maybe the city could use it on subsidized berry bushes, and give the resulting berries to Gilles Duceppe, because, man, that guy needs to lighten up and sweeten his disposition. He's just no fun at all.

I'm just talkin' here is all.

amckay Jun 17, 2005 09:18 AM said:

Where's the letter-writing campaign to the feds and province - the real source of the problem? This is patchwork. Let's solve the problem, not patch it.

That having been said, i do support the program. We already compost everything compostable except dead animal carcasses. I do see the need for a city-wide program so that people in apartment buildings can compost, too.

Miss Vicky Jun 17, 2005 09:44 AM said:

Yep. We compost as well but not many people want to have a yard composter (and the vermi-versions gross folks out, although I think they're nifty). This program makes it easy for everyone.

I agree it's patchwork. There's lots of other stuff to do. But since there's no magic bullet, we have to work on a number of fronts.

I also came across this interesting newsletter on product and packaging stewardship.

If you want to work on the federal side of things, you could participate in this Sierra Club campaign.

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