Edmonton: Joining the Conversation About the Future of Waste
On October 3, the City of Edmonton Waste Services launched a public engagement campaign to inspire discussion about and changes to our approach to waste management. Through a series of drop-in sessions and an online survey, the City aims to achieve a new, more sustainable means of managing waste - with an ultimate goal of a 90% diversion rate. Responses will be submitted to City Council in 2019 and will contribute to a long-term waste management plan in Edmonton.
The public engagement mission began in January 2018, when Waste Services reached out to ask residents about their preexisting waste habits and their desire to support future changes in waste management services. In April 2018, the focus shifted to the management of grass and yard waste. Now, October 1 to November 15, 2018 has consisted of “Phase One” of the public engagement outreach; a time of identifying “challenges, opportunities, needs and preferences” (edmonton.ca) through public input on future waste diversion techniques and strategies. I recently had the opportunity to attend one of these public engagement events and take the survey to provide my own input on the future of waste management in Edmonton.
So what will residents be offering their input on, and what kind of potential changes might we see, come 2019?
Preferences for curbside waste: four new options for curbside waste setouts, including different cart sizes, bag options, etc.
Food scrap separation: the introduction of green carts for disposal of household food waste and, potentially, grass clippings.
Waste reduction techniques that begin at home: this will include waste separation options, single-use plastic restrictions, food waste prevention, etc.
A 90% waste diversion goal!
From February to April 2019, “Phase Two” of the outreach will take place, during which input will be evaluated and put to the test through the implementation of green carts and new approaches to waste collection. From then on, these changes will be put into place to work towards Edmonton’s minimal waste, 90% diversion goal.
Visit The City of Edmonton’s website to use your voice and read more about Edmonton’s work towards sustainable waste management!