ORGANICS PROGRAM SET TO LAUNCH
The city will start delivering green bins and kitchen containers to area households this fall.
Between September and December,bins will be sent to approximately 220,000 households, or 63 per cent of Ottawa residences. Pick-up of organics, meanwhile, will begin this coming January.
“We are moving forward with a key waste diversion program for the city,” Acting Mayor Doug Thompson said in a statement.“The green bin program is about changing the way we deal with our garbage.We are treating waste as a resource that will help our city cut greenhouse gases and stop valuable organic waste from going to landfill.”
The initial planned delivery of bins will include households and apartment buildings with six or fewer units, which make up the bulk of those currently using curb side pick up. Over 2010-2011, the city will investigate ways of delivering service to the 100,000 households currently in high rise buildings, and the 35,000 households serviced via common pad collection.
The green bin program will accept organic materials such as kitchen scraps (vegetable, fruits, meat, fish, bones, dairy products, coffee grounds and filters), yard waste and other organic household materials. Unlike Toronto’s program, it will not accept diapers or plastics of any kind.
Once collected, organic material will be transported to an indoor composting facility where it will be converted into nutrient-rich compost ideal for agricultural use.
Starting in January, residents will be able to set out their green bins containing organic waste for curbside pickup. The organic materials will be collected separately, similar to the blue and black box programs. The city will collect the material on a weekly basis throughout spring, summer and fall, and bi-weekly through the winter.