The City of Wetaskiwin will launch an organic waste collection program on May 6.Qiam Noori, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The City of Wetaskiwin will launch an organic waste collection program on May 6. 

The curbside program will be for all detached and semi-detached houses within the city, said the city on its website. 

“Thanks to this program, your household organic waste can be turned into compost instead of going to the landfill. Add food scraps, yard waste, soiled pizza boxes, and more,” the website reads. 

Meanwhile, the city said in a Facebook post that starting from April 2, the houses in the city will start receiving green carts and kitchen catchers for the disposal of compostable items like food scraps and yard waste. 

When does the city collect organic waste? 

Green carts are collected on the same day as the garbage collection. The city suggested that the green carts need to be placed out for collection by 7 a.m. on the collection day. 

The curbside collection uses different trucks for each type of material and will come by at different times throughout the day, the website mentioned. 

Also, the city has recommended lining the bottom of the green organics cart with newspaper, paper towel, or an approved 100 per cent compostable bag to ensure items don’t stick to the bottom. 

If desired, the organic waste can also be placed in paper bags and disposed of the paper bags in the organic cart. 

If possible, wait until the day before collection day to clear your fridge of food you’re disposing of 

To help reduce odors, wrap meat and seafood in a newspaper. 

Cart contents must not exceed 100 kilograms or 220 lbs. 

What goes into your green cart? 

Organic waste materials are classified as food waste, yard waste, approved paper products (including food-soiled paper products), and pet waste. These items are composed of natural materials and thus can be broken down into compost. 

When in doubt, use this general rule of thumb: if a household waste item came from something that was once living, it probably belongs in your green cart. 

Unacceptable items: 

• NO food in packaging – separate food scraps from containers before composting 

• NO plastic bags of any kind. NO plant pots or bedding trays — always separate plants and soil from the container before composting 

• NO diapers or wipes — even if they say compostable on the label 

• NO foam, plastics, coffee cups, stickers or labels 

• NO garbage in the organics cart 

The County of Wetaskiwin partners with Sustane Inc. for a waste program

The County of Wetaskiwin has partnered with a Nova Scotia-based company for an initiative that changes waste into energy.Qiam Noori, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

The County of Wetaskiwin has partnered with a Nova Scotia-based company for an initiative that changes waste into energy. 

The partnership will adapt the company’s technologies specifically for Alberta and set a precedent as the province’s first end-to-end circular waste solution, the County said in a media release. 

“The Sustane Technologies project represents a significant opportunity for the County of Wetaskiwin to lead in innovative waste management solutions,” said Josh Bishop, County of Wetaskiwin reeve. 

“This project not only fosters economic development but also strengthens our commitment to environmental objectives, aligning with our vision for long-term sustainability.” 

Sustane Technologies Inc. offers a proprietary clean technology that takes non-source separated municipal solid waste (MSW), separates it into components, and converts it into needed resources such as fertilizer and fuel products, the release reads. 

This project aims for up to 90 per cent diversion and recovery rate of MSW from landfills, which will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two to three tonnes for every tonne of waste produced. 

The technology will reduce reliance on landfills and decrease greenhouse gases. 

“When you combine our leading-edge technology and the county’s innovative view of waste as an opportunity, it delivers new sources of clean, low-cost feedstock for renewable natural gas, or other applications while not only reducing the carbon footprint but also showing commitment to building a better environment for citizens,” said Peter Vinall, CEO of Sustane. 

Sustane is a Canadian cleantech company that uses a mechanized proprietary process to recycle landfill-destined household waste for use as low-carbon fuels, feedstocks for producing renewable natural gas (RNG), agricultural fertilizers, and in the production of plastics. 

Sustane produces outputs such as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency-certified GroBoost Fertilizer, created from primarily paper-derived materials, that can improve soil health while minimizing chemical runoff. 

Additionally, by integrating agricultural and other waste plastics into its processes, this initiative promotes economic growth and environmental sustainability, aligning with the County of Wetaskiwin’s efforts to enhance municipal waste management and support our agricultural community. 

This project is poised to deliver economic benefits by creating 30-35 local jobs in technical and maintenance roles, underscoring its contribution to the community’s economic development. 

Understanding the importance of community input and support, early and proactive engagement efforts are underway to align the project with local values and priorities. 

The initiative will also seek collaboration with regional stakeholders and pursue provincial and federal funding to further enhance its feasibility and reduce operational costs. 

By Qiam Noori, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

Original Published on Apr 03, 2024 at 14:03

This item reprinted with permission from   Ponoka News   Ponoka News, Alberta

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