Curbside Organic Waste Collection

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Current status
Phase 3 - City-wide curbside residential organic waste collection.

Background
In December 2020, Council authorized staff to move ahead with a three-phased approach to developing a residential organics collection program. An organic waste collection program will 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 42% 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.

Community Rollout 2023: What's Happening?
Curbside residential organic waste collection will be implemented for all single- and multi-family households along curbside collection routes in mid to late 2023. All households will receive a curbside organics cart and a kitchen bin in the summer, with organics collection beginning in the fall.

Detailed information will be sent to residents before these key community rollout milestones, outlining program information and what to expect and when.

You may also sign up on this web page to receive project updates by email to stay informed on key dates such as the timing of cart delivery to your zone and the start date for organics collection. In addition, once the program starts, you'll receive program updates, tips, and resources.

As organics collection begins, curbside collection schedules for garbage and recycling will be changing. Garbage and recycling will be collected on an alternating biweekly bases and organics will be collected weekly.

Below is an example of what collection will look like:Updated collection schedules will be available and/or mailed out to residents before these changes are in effect.

Please explore this web page to learn more about the curbside organic waste collection project. You can also start familiarizing yourself and your household with what can and can't go in the organics cart.


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, dirty pizza boxes, coffee grinds/filters and tea bags, as well as wooden chopsticks, popsicle sticks, and skewers.

Using the Organics Bin and Cart - The Basics
All curbside collection households will each receive two bins—a small kitchen bin (approximately 7 litres in size) and a 120L curbside cart. The kitchen bin would typically be stored on a counter next to a sink, or underneath the sink. It has a lid that snaps shut to help keep any odour and fruit flies contained, and may be lined with newsprint or any paper-based lining for ease of emptying and cleanliness (learn why biodegradable or compostable plastic liners are no longer accepted in BC composting facilities). When the kitchen bin is full, the food waste is transferred to the curbside cart, which can be stored alongside your garbage and recycling carts.

Why is a Curbside Organic Waste Collection Program Important?


  • To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Organic waste buried in a landfill generates methane-a greenhouse gas-which is 26 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. Composting organic waste with controlled exposure to air, moisture, and heat produces carbon dioxide, a much less harmful greenhouse gas. A curbside organic waste collection program is estimated to reduce the community’s carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 9,500 tonnes per year (equivalent to removing about 2,000 passenger vehicles per year from local roads).


  • To Help Residents Divert Waste From the Landfill

Recent waste audits show that only 22% of residential garbage is actually garbage. The rest is either compostable or recyclable (either in the blue bin or at recycling drop-off depots). That amounts to a lot of waste that can be kept out of our landfill. Outcomes of organic waste collection in Kamloops 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.

Current status
Phase 3 - City-wide curbside residential organic waste collection.

Background
In December 2020, Council authorized staff to move ahead with a three-phased approach to developing a residential organics collection program. An organic waste collection program will 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 42% 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.

Community Rollout 2023: What's Happening?
Curbside residential organic waste collection will be implemented for all single- and multi-family households along curbside collection routes in mid to late 2023. All households will receive a curbside organics cart and a kitchen bin in the summer, with organics collection beginning in the fall.

Detailed information will be sent to residents before these key community rollout milestones, outlining program information and what to expect and when.

You may also sign up on this web page to receive project updates by email to stay informed on key dates such as the timing of cart delivery to your zone and the start date for organics collection. In addition, once the program starts, you'll receive program updates, tips, and resources.

As organics collection begins, curbside collection schedules for garbage and recycling will be changing. Garbage and recycling will be collected on an alternating biweekly bases and organics will be collected weekly.

Below is an example of what collection will look like:Updated collection schedules will be available and/or mailed out to residents before these changes are in effect.

Please explore this web page to learn more about the curbside organic waste collection project. You can also start familiarizing yourself and your household with what can and can't go in the organics cart.


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, dirty pizza boxes, coffee grinds/filters and tea bags, as well as wooden chopsticks, popsicle sticks, and skewers.

Using the Organics Bin and Cart - The Basics
All curbside collection households will each receive two bins—a small kitchen bin (approximately 7 litres in size) and a 120L curbside cart. The kitchen bin would typically be stored on a counter next to a sink, or underneath the sink. It has a lid that snaps shut to help keep any odour and fruit flies contained, and may be lined with newsprint or any paper-based lining for ease of emptying and cleanliness (learn why biodegradable or compostable plastic liners are no longer accepted in BC composting facilities). When the kitchen bin is full, the food waste is transferred to the curbside cart, which can be stored alongside your garbage and recycling carts.

Why is a Curbside Organic Waste Collection Program Important?


  • To Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Organic waste buried in a landfill generates methane-a greenhouse gas-which is 26 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere. Composting organic waste with controlled exposure to air, moisture, and heat produces carbon dioxide, a much less harmful greenhouse gas. A curbside organic waste collection program is estimated to reduce the community’s carbon dioxide emissions by approximately 9,500 tonnes per year (equivalent to removing about 2,000 passenger vehicles per year from local roads).


  • To Help Residents Divert Waste From the Landfill

Recent waste audits show that only 22% of residential garbage is actually garbage. The rest is either compostable or recyclable (either in the blue bin or at recycling drop-off depots). That amounts to a lot of waste that can be kept out of our landfill. Outcomes of organic waste collection in Kamloops 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.

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Pilot Routes

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Click on the map and zoom in to view the pilot route perimeters. There are five pilot routes in Westsyde (Zone 1, yellow), Brock/North Kamloops (Zone 2, blue), North Kamloops/McDonald Park (Zone 3, red), Upper Sahali (Zone 4, orange), and Valleyview/Juniper West (Zone 5, green).

Do you live, or own a property, on a pilot route? We invite you to subscribe here to receive information updates and to provide feedback throughout the pilot.

Page last updated: 25 Jan 2023, 11:52 AM