That’s right! In this blog entry, we’ll discuss Windsor’s initiative towards curbside collection, and in an upcoming entry, we’ll talk the how-to of composting at home.
By 2025, Windsorites will have a “Green Bin” to separate organics such as food scraps, sawdust, coffee grounds, etc. from their recyclables, and trash. This’ll be collected regularly, and according to the Essex-Windsor Solid Waste Authority (EWSWA), about 30% of what’s currently sent to the landfill is food waste.
First off – What does our municipality say?
EWSWA said the facility will wait until 2019 “to prepare for these changes…in case there is a change in provincial government, which could result in changes to the framework,” (CBC News -May 03, 2018). In 2014, the City looked into this, but “decided the [yearly] $1.5-million price tag was too expensive.” So, as of now, Composting is a-go! This new department will contain these items for proper treatment (and to contain the smell)! The matter will then be converted into soil conditioner and animal feed. Imagine how many jobs will be created.
So, how does compost form best?
Items disposed of in the compost are either nitrogen-rich items (also known as green items) or carbon-rich items (brown items). Green and brown organics are layered, heat is produced, and these items decay. The heat makes the organics less slimy and more like “dirt.”
Green items include: grass clippings, fruits & vegetables, plants & weeds, coffee grounds, eggshells, and manure of animals. Brown items include: woody material, straw, sawdust, cardboard (shredded), old leaves and flowers, pine needles, corn stalks, and dryer lint. * Note: Animal bones, and meat, should not be included so that animals are not attracted.
Currently, the City does sell bags or bulk-loads of a blend from what the City handles when they trim landscapes etc. Follow this link for more: https://www.citywindsor.ca/residents/Waste-And-Recycling/Yard-Waste/Pages/Composting.aspx
How much garbage are we going to avoid producing?
The Ministry of Environment released a study that reads “in 2014 alone, about 11.5 million tonnes were generated in the province” which is almost “one tonne of waste per person every year.”
What does compost do when it is added to gardens/ farms?
Ontario Compost Quality Standards mentions it returns nutrients to the soil, improves soil structure, helps soil retain moisture, can suppress some plant diseases, and contributes to healthy soil ecosystems…Also, a big thanks goes to billions of bugs as well!
Stay tuned with how to compost at home while you wait for 2025’s collection.
2014 article: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/windsor/curbside-compost-pickup-deemed-too-expensive-for-windsor-essex-1.2762978