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Composting by 2008?

Tue Apr 10, 2007 Miss Vicky 

City Council will consider a motion tomorrow to go ahead with organics collection in Ottawa. It's a long, long time coming. The "pilot has been up and running successfully for 6 years (6 years! For a pilot!) while council has dithered and delayed, delayed and dithered. This despite the fact that pretty much every major Canadian city, not to mention plenty of small towns, have implemented organics collection (also known as the Green Bin) successfully.... and the fact that we in Ottawa are far from our waste diversion targets and rapidly using up our landfill space. Some councillors have consistently expressed concerns that residents won't use the program, that it's a waste of money, that it's "yucky". What, are people in Halifax, Toronto, Vancouver, Perth, Guelph and elsewhere that much smarter than us? We're too delicate? Give me a break.

Let's hope this council has more of a spine than the last one. My only fear is that they will balk at the cost of implementing the program. Sure, it will cost some money, but we'll save in the long term - on greenhouse gas emissions, on landfill space, and eventually the cost of a new landfill. A low-interest loan and an 8.25 million dollar grant from the FCM have been approved to implement the program. Not only that, the compost will be sold and eventually returned to the earth.

I'm a backyard composter, and my garbage output is fairly small already. But there are plenty of things I can't put in my own compost that I'll be able to put in a green bin. Meat scraps, bones, pet waste, soiled tissues.... if I had a cat, kitty litter could go in. Basically, combined with recycling the only thing that would be going into my garbage would be that that damned unrecyclable packaging. I can't wait.

So if you read this tonight, please fire off a letter to your councillor urging them to support the program. It's about time!

Some people were moved to reply

amckay Apr 10, 2007 08:35 PM said:

Stellarton has one for cripes sakes! With a whopping population of about 5000 people. And people use it. And they've had it for years now.

Unbelievable that council here is still dragging their feet.

amckay Apr 10, 2007 08:39 PM said:

Here's one really nice benefit I just thought of. This morning when taking out my garbage, one of the bags had been shredded yet again by one of the neighbourhood cats. Looking for meat scraps no doubt. Grrrrr I dislike people who let their cats roam freely - should be a bylaw like dogs. Anyway ...

If those scraps go into a green bin then I won't have animals ripping apart my garbage anymore! Yay green bin!

p.s. for the record I've seen cats do it, so it's not just the raccoon we have living around here.

Richgold Apr 11, 2007 07:49 AM said:

I'm running three composter 3/4s of the year. (I can't get a volunteer to dump the "yucky stuff" during the height of winter.) I'd happily participate using a green box. If they don't implement it, how do I get signed up for the pilot?

Big Bob Apr 11, 2007 08:12 AM said:

Yeah, six years. Gee, perhaps they should have run it 'til 2050 just to be sure. And rotated it through neighbourhoods on a six-month basis.

This city makes me crazy sometimes. Anyone else hear the coverage of the six-foot-fence-for-the-tailrac e yesterday?

That proposed fence, of no conceivable benefit, would have amounted to more money than the entire allocation for 2007 for cycling facilities in Ottawa.

Sad, sad, sad.

ABC123 Apr 11, 2007 10:21 AM said:

The greenhouse emissions saved is so minute, it won't even show up on the measurements. I'm not saying that its a nice project that can save on some dump space but please, if you're going to mention greenhouse gas, look at this link first and then you'll see that your statement is false.

http://mysite.verizon.net/mhie b/WVFossils/greenhouse_data.ht ml

Miss Vicky Apr 11, 2007 01:54 PM said:

well, looks like it passed and our councillor voted the right way. Hooray!

liss76 Apr 11, 2007 08:49 PM said:


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