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A city worker walks past a pile of household and organic waste material collected by the popular green cart program at the city landfill. The last residential pickup for compost this year will take place the week of Nov. 5-8. The program will be expanded when it resumes in the spring.
The green cart compost collection program has managed to divert more than 870,000 kilograms of compostable material from the landfill.
The program was launched just six months ago and received an overwhelming response from residents. Sign-ups had to be capped at 3,000.
"Kudos to everybody who’s participated in it," said Pam Penner, the city’s public works manager. "It’s been a learning curve for us … putting another 3,000 bins on the street is never easy, but … it’s been a great program."
Penner said the response to the program has shown that the city of Brandon is "whole-heartedly" jumping on board with these types of environmental programs.
"It gives us a great feeling to know that it was a program well worth it and long overdue."
The program provides residents with a green cart for curbside collection of household and organic material, which includes fruit and vegetable scraps, tea bags and eggshells.
After a successful 2010 pilot project in which 500 homes received the green-lidded bins for kitchen and yard compostables, the city obtained provincial funding to expand the program to 6,000 homes.
The city expected to ramp up to that number over a few years — but demand for the compost carts exploded this past spring.
The green cart collection season will come to a close early next month. The last residential pickup for compost will take place the week of Nov. 5-8. Green bin pickup will resume in the spring of 2014.
The city encourages green cart users to continue placing their household organics in their carts through the winter in preparation for when the program resumes next spring.
Lining the bottom and sides of the cart with cardboard or using a kraft paper bag can help reduce the potential of organic material freezing or sticking to the cart.
Penner said they expect to add another 3,000 green bins to the program next year.
"For anybody who wants to become part of the program for next spring, there’s an online sign-up, and basically it’s first come, first served," she said.
About 200 people are already on the waiting list. Interested residents are asked to log on to brandon.ca to sign up.
For the remainder of the fall season, program participants and all members of the community can take advantage of the yard waste drop-off depots located throughout the city to dispose of yard waste like grass, leaves or small twigs.
Depots that accept grass and yard waste are located at:
• First Street and Richmond Avenue (in the lane at the NE corner)
• 400-block of Franklin Street ( in the southeast corner of Rideau Park)
• Brandon’s Community Sportsplex parking lot (30 Knowlton Drive)
• 34th Street and Victoria Avenue (in lane at the northeast corner)
• Westridge Community Centre (32 Willowdale Cres.)
• Eastview Landfill site (3000 Victoria Ave. East)
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition October 26, 2013