The city’s environmental committee endorses the plan to expand the green waste program in apartments and apartments

“It’s something that people want and I really believe people will take advantage of it.”

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Unanimous support from a council committee means Ottawa is one step closer to rolling out mandatory green bin requirements for condos and condos that collect municipal waste.

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On Tuesday, the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management approved a personnel policy proposal to mandate the collection of organic waste from multi-residential buildings receiving municipal garbage services, with an implementation date still being worked out.

count. Scott Moffatt, chairman of the committee, said an organic strategy for multi-dwelling buildings should have gone hand in hand with the launch of the green waste bin program years ago, especially as a measure to meet put-or-pay requirements for buildings under construction. contract with Convertus (formerly Orgaworld).

In 2008, the Council awarded the 20-year organic contract to Orgaworld. The green household waste bin program was launched in 2010.

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The plan to expand the collection of green bins in multi-dwelling buildings is a message to residents: “We’re behind you,” Moffatt said after the meeting.

count. Catherine McKenney, who represents a downtown neighborhood with a high concentration of condos and condos, said she regularly receives requests from residents for the service of green waste bins in their buildings.

“It’s something that people want and I believe it’s something that people benefit from,” McKenney said.

If the city council also approves the staff recommendations on April 27, staff will begin calculating figures on how much it could cost and how long it would take to start mandatory green waste bin programs in the buildings.

However, new buildings that apply to begin municipal collection must have a green bin program from June 1, 2022. Other buildings that already receive a municipal collection can participate voluntarily in the program until the city sets a mandatory participation date.

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The city offers garbage collection services for multi-dwelling buildings, but those property managers can hire private collection companies instead. City officials could not say how municipal collection costs compare to private collection costs, as private contracts can be based either on the number of units or on the amount of waste.

Employees said they would report to the committee on costs and an implementation date in mid-2023. The proposed timetable raised questions from the Earl. Riley Brockington, who wondered why it would take so long to do the job.

“I just don’t want to wait until 14 months to get a final report when you’ve been doing such a great job for years,” Brockington told staff.

Project manager Lindsay Webley said the time will allow staff to talk to property managers about potential issues and make internal plans for the rollout.

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The multi-residential building policy is part of the city’s larger project to write a new solid waste master plan, with a strong focus on extending the life of the municipal landfill on Trail Road.

Increasing diversion rates at apartment and condominiums is a long-term challenge for the city, as older buildings are not designed to accommodate multiple streams of waste.

The city is also interested in improving communication with residents about municipal diversion programs.

Waste Watch Ottawa co-founder Duncan Bury said it is a “longstanding scandal” that the city spends so little on promoting waste collection and education programs compared to other jurisdictions.

The city spends an average of 48 cents per household per year, but an employee survey shows that some other municipalities spend between $2.28 and $6.50 per household.

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The committee also approved a staffing plan to look at strengthening waste diversion education and promotion programs.

count. Shawn Menard suggested the multi-residential building policy is a good idea, but warned that other potentially controversial waste proposals are coming in the next term.

When it comes to households collected on the side of the street, the city has considered reducing the maximum number of garbage bags allowed, introducing a pay-per-bag system or implementing mandatory transparent garbage bags, all in order to facilitate the waste diversion. increase.

“This is a big win for Ottawa, but it’s the easy win,” Menard said of the multi-dwelling strategy.

“There’s a lot more coming here that isn’t quite so simple.”

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