Waste plan heads to council

The City of Red Deer’s Waste Management Master Plan goes to council on Monday. A key goal of the master plan is to provide options for residents and businesses that will increase the diversion of waste and offer more recycling opportunities.

The City of Red Deer’s Waste Management Master Plan goes to council on Monday.

A key goal of the master plan is to provide options for residents and businesses that will increase the diversion of waste and offer more recycling opportunities.

One of the projects proposed is to provide organics diversion because up to 40 per cent of residential waste can be diverted through this type of program.

The plan was developed to help residents and businesses reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill through waste reduction, recycling, and diversion initiatives.

Recommended initiatives include expanded plastics collection, a reduced container limit, and enhanced organics collection, with the objective of making Red Deer a provincial leader in sustainable waste management.

All of the major program changes will have a phased implementation to understand the needs of businesses and residents, and allow the city to make changes before broader implementation.

“We know there are many things we could be doing better and over the course of the plan we are looking to residents and business to get us there,” Waste Management superintendent Janet Whitesell said.

More than 900 residents completed an online survey, and more than 850 residents took part in city-wide public consultations to provide input for the master plan.

The city says the public input confirmed that residents are committed to reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfill.