Let’s talk about organic waste collection!

Posted On Wednesday December 23, 2020

Over the past few months, the City of Cornwall has been working with consultants to come up with the best solution to manage our community’s residential organic waste.

This type of waste is biodegradable (it can be broken down). It includes items like waste food, food scraps, greasy pizza boxes, and houseplant clippings.

Our hope is to separate kitchen waste from the rest of your garbage. By collecting organic waste and bringing it to a processing facility, we can turn these materials into a valuable, nutrient-rich resource or a source of renewable energy.

The project team, made up of City staff and consultants from OCWA and Tetra Tech, is looking at different ways to divert organic residential waste from the landfill. It all starts with you and your household.

Collecting and managing organics means we can:

  • Recover this valuable resource,
  • Extend the life of our landfill, and
  • Be part of a global movement to meet the United Nations Sustainability Goals.

So far, some of your neighbours have joined a Citizen Panel and shared their thoughts about organics collection. Now, we would like to share some of the results from Citizen Panel questionnaires. The team will use that feedback and other research to think about the future of the organics collection program.

So, how can you get involved?

Join us for a virtual coffee house chat on Thursday, January 7 at 7 p.m. Grab a warm drink and bring your ideas and questions! Be sure to email organics@cornwall.ca to register and receive login information. The event will also be streamed live on the City of Cornwall’s Facebook page and on Cogeco Cable 11 / HD Cable 700.

Learn more by clicking here: Municipal Organics Collection and Processing Feasibility Study.

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