Municipal Organic Collection and Processing Feasibility Study

About the Study

The City of Cornwall has started a new project to figure out how to best manage our organic waste for a more sustainable future.  Organic waste is disposed products made from plants and animals.  It is biodegradable and when it breaks down it has valuable nutrients that can be used again.  Consider how compost is used as a fertilizer.

Right now,  the City collects leaves, branches, yard waste, Christmas trees, and Halloween pumpkins seasonally. The City does not collect compost (organics) but encourages residents to participate in backyard composting. That means many organics are currently going to the landfill site in garbage bags. These organics are an untapped opportunity for us. 

Keeping organics out of the landfill site will help to:

  • extend the life of the landfill.
  • recover valuable resources (yes, your food scraps are valuable!).
  • comply with the province’s Food and Organic Waste Policy Statement and Framework , which will ban food and organic waste from disposal sites by 2025.
  • be a part of a global movement to meet the United Nations Sustainability Goals.

Between now and the end of the year, the project team will:

  • Carry out a waste audit in a diverse selection of Cornwall neighbourhoods to get some information about how households are currently managing organics.
  • Identify and evaluate collection and processing options that are a good fit for Cornwall and could help the City meet its long-term waste management goals. 
  • Develop overall recommendations for City Council consideration, approval, and implementation.

We want to hear from you!

Public and stakeholder consultation is critical to developing a plan that responds to community needs.

We’ve got questions for you and want to know what you think about organics. 

  • How are you managing your organics?
  • What do you think about separating them out so they can be collected and used as a resource?
  • Do you predict any issues for you and your family? 
  • How we can support households in making changes that might be necessary to make sure we are managing organics in the best way for now and for future generations?

Note: In-person consultation events will be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and will be scheduled at an appropriate time in the future.

Over the coming months, there will be opportunities to get involved:

Online Open House

Consultants and City staff hosted a virtual coffee chat on January 7. You can watch the virtual event here:


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