The City of Regina looks to be on its way to having an organic waste treatment program in the next few years.
City Council voted in favour of a program that would see residents put their organic waste in a separate container from their garbage, thus diverting it from the landfill.
Mayor Michael Fougere said this will start as a pilot project, hitting about 65,000 homes.
“I think everybody would like to see this happen earlier rather than later, but I think in fairness to taxpayers, let’s a trial to see how this works, let’s figure out the costs, let’s talk about how we deliver the program itself, and communicate with people that need to have recycling in a much more fulsome way.”
However, not everyone at city hall is onside with the pilot project. Councillor John Findura said people in his ward are not pleased about this idea.
“Space is one thing, but rodents and all that, there’s better ways of doing this, another bin is not an answer,” Findura said. “What I’m hearing is we’re forcing another thing onto the resident instead of finding a better solution.”
According to the city, about 50% of waste entering the landfill is considered organic, and Regina is the only city with more than 150,000 people without a current organic waste solution.