Cochranites have embraced residential organics collection.
Early results show high participation and high diversion from landfill.
In the first six weeks, approximately 70% of households are using their new green carts, and the diversion rate is 65% — more than doubling our waste diverted from landfill.
Fabrizio Bertolo, waste and recycling manager says another good indicator of program success is contamination rate. “The organic material collected in Cochrane has a very low contamination rate,” he says. “Which means residents are using their carts properly, which we appreciate.”
Cochrane’s organics collection contractor also makes compost available for residents who want to use it in their own gardens. Over 500 families came to local compost giveaway events in April and May.
Cochrane’s residential organics collection program started in mid-April after new green carts and kitchen catcher bins were delivered to all homes that receive Town of Cochrane waste and recycling collection.
Cochrane’s Zero Waste Framework was adopted in Fall 2012 with the goal of diverting 80% of our waste from landfill by 2020. In September 2016, Council approved amendments to the Waste Management Bylaw required to move forward with Cochrane’s organics collection program. There was no increase to waste and recycling collection fees in 2017.
Town of Cochrane is required by the City of Calgary to implement organic collection to continue using City of Calgary landfills.