Rolling out change
It’s time for Winnipeg to scrap inner city autobins and home trash collections using traditional cans.
That’s what city hall is saying as it tries to point homeowners toward new ways of tossing out less garbage while funnelling far more reusable waste away from the Brady Road Landfill.
Under Winnipeg’s emerging “master plan” for waste management, all single family residences are poised to begin using the same kinds of 240 litre, two wheeled trash carts that were rolled out last year for those living in houses in the city’s northwest districts. Cans owned by residents are to be dumped from municipal collections within about two years, as the waste department distributes another 140,000 of the wheeled, lid covered carts to homes across the city.
Teri Lyn Skakum sees the shift as good news, after she and her Westwood family of four were won over by their cart during the past year.
“It makes our lives easy on a day to day basis for getting the garbage out,” she said, noting their cart’s easy movement and capacity for at least three or four filled trash bags inside.
“It’s so convenient. You do hollister n’t have to make multiple trips to the curb it’s one stop and i hollister t’s done. There’s no lifting, so it doesn’t matter how heavy it is. I don’t have to get my husband to do it. And it’s clean. There’s no smell and we don’t have to worry about dogs getting into the bags, or anything like that. It really works for us.”
Darryl Drohomerski, the city’s manager of solid waste services, is confident the rolling receptacles will really work, as well, for everyone accustomed to carrying cans to the ends of their driveways. Beginning Monday at the first of a series of open houses on the project, he and his staff will try to show the public the benefits of the approximately 43,000 carts that have been in use for the past year in the vast majority of Winnipeg’s areas north of the Assiniboine River and west of the Red.
On top of the advantages that Skakum’s family sees, Drohomerski points to the carts’ potential to reduce the amount of waste sent to the garbage dump, minimizing city costs and even enhancing “social responsibility” through recycling in the core and North End areas currently served by autobins, and in other districts where crews use their hands to dump trash from cans into trucks.
“There’s an inequitable system of collection in the city. If I live in St. Vital, I can throw out as much garbage as I want and I don’t have to recycle. But if I live in a cart area, I have a limit on how much garbage I can put out,” Drohomerski explained, noting Winnipeg’s 4,900 back lane autobins are also slated to be replaced by the rolling containers. “The autobins are even more problematic because they don’t promote any kind of recycling. And they attract illegal dumping. You get people from other parts of the city hollister dropping off their stuff that they don’t want to deal with.”
Advantages of garbage carts over autobins and traditional manual collections:
Winnipeg uses about 4,900 autobins in the core area and downtown, Wolseley, the North End and St. James
Homes in northwest Winnipeg use about 43,000 trash carts, each holding 240 litres
about 140,000 additional carts expected to be distributed across the city
Winnipeg generates about 275,000 tonnes of total yearly residential waste, including trash and recycla hollister bles
about 47,000 tonnes of Winnipeg’s total yearly residential waste is recycled, while another 25,000 tonnes of recyclable material goes to the city’s landfill