Curbside Composting Coming

UPDATE: Due to a backlog at the cart manufacturing centre, the Town of Coaldale will not be able to receive the new composting carts until late 2017 at the earliest. Town Council will determine a start date for the roll out of Curbside Composting at a future council meeting. Please stayed tuned for further updates on this new program.

The Town of Coaldale to roll out Curbside Composting to all residents.

This will become a third stream of collection in the Town’s curbside pick-up of garbage, recycling and now, composting.

It has been five years since the Town of Coaldale rolled out curbside recycling and now this spring it will add a third cart to the waste collection system, this time for curbside composting.

In order to accommodate yard waste, the composting carts will be picked up weekly from March 1 until November 30. Through the winter months the composting carts will be picked up bi-weekly. As a result of the anticipated reduction in garbage brought in by the introduction of a composting cart, garbage cart pick-up will be moving to a bi-weekly pick-up once the composting carts have been rolled out.

There is no additional cost on utility bills to cover the curbside composting. It is being rolled out at no-cost to residents.

Background:

In 2017 tipping fees for processing Coaldale’s waste at the regional landfill rose to $85/tonne, an increase from $75/tonne in 2016.  This increase will cost the town an additional $25,183 in 2017 just for tipping fees.  With the yearly increase, we will hit $125/tonnes in 5 years or less which could cost the town an additional $100,733 a year just in tipping fees if the current garbage tonnage stays the same.  In 5 years, our population will have increased which in turn drives up garbage tonnage so we could be looking at close to $500,000 just in tipping fees alone.

In 2012 curbside recycling was introduced to our community as the second stream of curbside waste collection.  Now, 5 years later, curbside composting is the logical next step in reducing greenhouse gases, extending the life of our landfills and being environmental conscious.  The materials that will go into the curbside compost carts will be turned into nutrient rich compost at the processing facility.

The new cart can be used for organic waste which includes:

Fruits – Peeled and Unpeeled

Vegetables – Peeled and Unpeeled

Meat and Seafood – Uncooked and Cooked

Dairy Products; including Milk, Cheese, Yogurt, Butter, Etc.

Baked Goods; including Bread, Cookies, Buns, Etc.

Pasta, Rice, Beans and Lentils

Coffee and Coffee Filters

Tea (loose) and Tea Bags

Sauces

Salad Dressings

Cooking Oils

All Processed and Unprocessed Food

Other Materials that can been added to the cart include:

Napkins and Paper Towels

Tissue Paper

Soiled Pizza Boxes

Egg Cartons (boxboard)

Cracker Boxes

Waxy Paper Products

Parchment Paper and Paper Cooking Bags

Pet and Human Hair

Grass Clippings

Leaves and Plants

Certified Compostable Products

Paper Plates, Bowls and Cups

Please check back here for more details and the scheduled roll out for the program.