St. Paul residents will have to separate their food scraps from the rest of their garbage soon, as the town is looking at introducing a composting program alongside curbside garbage pickup.
In an open letter, Mayor Glenn Andersen says the Alberta government is challenging municipalities to reduce the amount of biodegradable material coming into landfills by eighty percent by 2030. A recent study commissioned by the town also found that biodegradable material accounted for forty to fifty percent of the waste handled by the landfill. With this in mind, the town has allocated funds in this year’s budget to make curbside pickup of both organic and non-organic waste a reality.
Andersen says the system would work much the same as it does in other places that have it in place. Residents will get a green cart and kitchen pale for organic waste and a black cart for solid waste. Though some residents without back alleys already get curbside pickup, the new system will roll that out on a much wider scale.
You can read the letter for yourself here.