OR­GAN­ICS PRO­GRAM SET TO LAUNCH

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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.

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