Major Changes Expected In Curbside Collection

Big changes are coming to your garbage collection in the next few years.

The province has mandated municipalities divert 70 per cent of their organic waste from landfills by 2022.

For Windsor, that's a major change because the city is one of the last to move toward collection of organic waste.

Speaking on the Lynn Martin Show on AM800, Manager of Environmental Services Anne Marie Albidone says council has some decisions to make.

Albidone says they'll need to find a way to incorporate kitchen waste in the regular collection.

She says there's a recommendation council hire a consultant to make recommendations.

"Just collecting the yard waste is not going to get us to that 70 per cent we have to get that kitchen and food waste out so that's what we're looking at is basically what type of collection do we want to do and what type of processing of that organic material do we want to do.  Which one is best for our region"

Albidone says including organic waste collection weekly could affect other curbside collection in the city.

"Do we change our garbage collection frequency or do we keep garbage collection the same?  So do we do organics and garbage weekly or do we say, now that we have all all that stinky, soupy stuff out of the garbage we can do garbage collection bi-weekly, there's going to be much less regular garbage"

She says all the processes, infrastructure and contracts need to be set up in just six years.

The cost of a consultant is estimated at $85,000, but there could be funding available from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to help.

Albidone explains Windsor will have to create a curbside collection system, but surrounding municipalities are smaller and won't have to.

Albidone adds that the change in government at Queen's Park could alter timelines or other elements of the requirements.