Curbside Organic Waste Collection

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The City is seeking public input into the design of a residential curbside organic waste collection program to help residents divert more waste from the landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and return organic material to the soil ecosystem. Did you know? Organic waste makes up approximately 38% of all residential waste that ends up at our landfill? This material utilizes valuable landfill space and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions (primarily methane) in our community.

Organic Waste
What is organic waste? Organic waste can broadly be thought of as anything that used to be alive. It refers primarily to food waste and food-soiled paper and can also include household plants/flowers and some yard waste. Kitchen food scraps include cooked food (leftovers) or unused or spoiled grains, dairy, produce, and meat. Bones, egg/seafood shells, and small amounts of fat, grease, and oils are also organic waste. Food-soiled paper products are often compostable and are suitable for organic waste collection. These include paper napkins, paper towel, food-soiled newsprint, pizza boxes, coffee grinds/filters and tea bags, as well as wooden chopsticks, popsicle sticks, and skewers. Read our FAQs for a developing list of what can and can not be included in a 'green' bin.

Collection
With the program, residential residents will each receive two bins—a small kitchen bin (approximately 1 cu. ft. in size) and a curbside container. The kitchen bin would typically be stored on a counter next to a sink, or underneath the sink. It may be lined with newsprint for ease of emptying and cleanliness, and has a lid that snaps shut to help eliminate any odour and fruit flies. When the kitchen bin is full, the food waste is transferred to the curbside container, which can be stored alongside your garbage and recycling bins. The size of the curbside container and the frequency of collection are yet to be determined. We will learn more as we conduct research, hear from residents and conduct a pilot program.

Why Now?

A curbside organic waste collection program is estimated to reduce the community’s carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 2,800 tonnes per year (equivalent to removing about 600 passenger vehicles) and save the City $1 million annually in costs related to landfill capacity. Outcomes of organic waste collection in Kamloops also align with waste reduction goals outlined in the City’s Official Community Plan–KAMPLAN–and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s Solid Waste Management Plan, which aim to reduce waste to the landfill to 560 kg/person annually by 2023 (in 2019, the disposal rate was 750 kg/person annually). Recent (fall 2020) public engagement for the Community Climate Action Plan showed organic waste collection as one of the top three policy changes supported by residents.


Funding opportunities for Canadian municipalities to implement curbside organic waste collection programs have also expanded in recent years, and City staff have identified grant opportunities through the Green Municipal Fund and CleanBC to support the funding for this project.


Timeline
With Council direction, City staff have entered a three-phased approach to creating a residential curbside organic waste collection program:

Phase 1 - Information Gathering (September 2020–June 2021)
During this phase, staff will undertake public consultation and perform audits of curbside garbage collection routes. The purpose of this phase is to gauge public support for organic waste collection and understand the organic composition of garbage collection routes.


Phase 2 - Pilot Program (September 2021–August 2022*)
During this phase, the City will collect organic waste in a select number of neighbourhoods with different topography and demographics. The purpose of this phase is to determine how residents participate in the program, the most suitable collection model, program costs, and the level of contamination and cross-contamination. Staff will engage with testing participants to understand the challenges and best practices to help inform the implementation of a full program rollout.


Phase 3 - Implementation (July 2023*)
During this phase, the City will implement curbside organic waste collection for all single-family households and multi-family households that are on curbside collection routes (individual carts, not shared carts or bins).


*The timing of phases 2 and 3 are dependent upon successful grant funding.

The City is seeking public input into the design of a residential curbside organic waste collection program to help residents divert more waste from the landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and return organic material to the soil ecosystem. Did you know? Organic waste makes up approximately 38% of all residential waste that ends up at our landfill? This material utilizes valuable landfill space and contributes to greenhouse gas emissions (primarily methane) in our community.

Organic Waste
What is organic waste? Organic waste can broadly be thought of as anything that used to be alive. It refers primarily to food waste and food-soiled paper and can also include household plants/flowers and some yard waste. Kitchen food scraps include cooked food (leftovers) or unused or spoiled grains, dairy, produce, and meat. Bones, egg/seafood shells, and small amounts of fat, grease, and oils are also organic waste. Food-soiled paper products are often compostable and are suitable for organic waste collection. These include paper napkins, paper towel, food-soiled newsprint, pizza boxes, coffee grinds/filters and tea bags, as well as wooden chopsticks, popsicle sticks, and skewers. Read our FAQs for a developing list of what can and can not be included in a 'green' bin.

Collection
With the program, residential residents will each receive two bins—a small kitchen bin (approximately 1 cu. ft. in size) and a curbside container. The kitchen bin would typically be stored on a counter next to a sink, or underneath the sink. It may be lined with newsprint for ease of emptying and cleanliness, and has a lid that snaps shut to help eliminate any odour and fruit flies. When the kitchen bin is full, the food waste is transferred to the curbside container, which can be stored alongside your garbage and recycling bins. The size of the curbside container and the frequency of collection are yet to be determined. We will learn more as we conduct research, hear from residents and conduct a pilot program.

Why Now?

A curbside organic waste collection program is estimated to reduce the community’s carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 2,800 tonnes per year (equivalent to removing about 600 passenger vehicles) and save the City $1 million annually in costs related to landfill capacity. Outcomes of organic waste collection in Kamloops also align with waste reduction goals outlined in the City’s Official Community Plan–KAMPLAN–and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District’s Solid Waste Management Plan, which aim to reduce waste to the landfill to 560 kg/person annually by 2023 (in 2019, the disposal rate was 750 kg/person annually). Recent (fall 2020) public engagement for the Community Climate Action Plan showed organic waste collection as one of the top three policy changes supported by residents.


Funding opportunities for Canadian municipalities to implement curbside organic waste collection programs have also expanded in recent years, and City staff have identified grant opportunities through the Green Municipal Fund and CleanBC to support the funding for this project.


Timeline
With Council direction, City staff have entered a three-phased approach to creating a residential curbside organic waste collection program:

Phase 1 - Information Gathering (September 2020–June 2021)
During this phase, staff will undertake public consultation and perform audits of curbside garbage collection routes. The purpose of this phase is to gauge public support for organic waste collection and understand the organic composition of garbage collection routes.


Phase 2 - Pilot Program (September 2021–August 2022*)
During this phase, the City will collect organic waste in a select number of neighbourhoods with different topography and demographics. The purpose of this phase is to determine how residents participate in the program, the most suitable collection model, program costs, and the level of contamination and cross-contamination. Staff will engage with testing participants to understand the challenges and best practices to help inform the implementation of a full program rollout.


Phase 3 - Implementation (July 2023*)
During this phase, the City will implement curbside organic waste collection for all single-family households and multi-family households that are on curbside collection routes (individual carts, not shared carts or bins).


*The timing of phases 2 and 3 are dependent upon successful grant funding.

  • The City is seeking public input into the design of a residential curbside organic waste collection program. 

    Thank you for taking the time to take our survey! Survey respondents will have the opportunity at the end of the survey to enter a draw for one of three $100 gift certificates to local garden/landscaping companies. 

    This survey will be open from April 6 to May 18.

    The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. 



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