Turns out the city sold over 2000 compost bins over the weekend. I'm not sure how many years they've been doing this, but it's been at least a few now for sure. This is the biggest reason I think, that makes curbside pickup questionable. A lot of people do it on their own already. It would seem like a waste to do curbside pickup that would include people who already do it.
The Forks will start composting organic waste from it's restaurants which is, frankly, super cool.
According to Paul Jordan, 80% of the 400 tonnes of waste produced every year can be composted. This means a staggering 320 tonnes can be converted into useable soil instead of taking up space at a landfill.
Landfills will become known as a very silly and utterly stupid idea in the history textbooks of the future. Humans of course being the only organism on the planet with smarts, is apparently also the only organism on the planet that willingly pollutes it's own environment. What enters landfills is already an issue in some places that are running out of space. Most of it is completely useless crap. That is, useless crap that won't break down for thousands of years, if ever.
The other stuff in landfills is organic waste. Although many people are under the impression that this stuff just simply breaks down, this is not true. Because the organic material is thrown into a plastic bag, it is in an anaerobic environment and takes years and years to break down. A newspaper may take up to 20 years to break down under these conditions.
At the end of the day, a landfill is an ugly sight and only serves as a reminder of the consequences of our lifestyle. After the Brady landfill is filled, we'll need another one. Oh where oh where to put it? And you think there's NIMBYism in this town?
I'll be the first to say that I'm not sure curbside pickup would work or at least, I'm very skeptical of how effective it would be. I'd like to think that with a good public education campaign more people would take on home composting on their own. It's completely effortless and quite rewarding.
Until then, thumbs up to places like The Forks which take it upon themselves to go the extra step. That is really a huge commitment and incredibly beneficial for all of us. I also know that Kildonan Place Mall has implemented a composting program for it's food court businesses.
This is great news. Progressive news.