ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Town of Cochrane has a variety of programs to help residents and businesses reduce their waste. The Town’s Zero Waste Framework (adopted by Council in 2012) has a goal of diverting 80% of local waste sent to the landfill by 2020.
In 2018, the Town hosted several working sessions with the ICI sector and an online survey to help develop a made-in-Cochrane strategy to reach Town zero waste goals in an effective, economical way. Since then, the local and international waste management market has experienced multiple changes and challenges, and the Town’s plans were temporarily put on hold.
Most of Cochrane’s waste goes to Calgary landfills. The City of Calgary’s Businesses and Organizations Waste Diversion Strategy requires all businesses and institutions to recycle and divert organic (food and yard) waste from city landfills. In fact, Calgary landfills started limiting inclusion and adding surcharges to loads of garbage containing paper, cardboard or organics in 2018/2019.
PROVIDE YOUR INPUT
The Town is now resuming the waste diversion conversation with the ICI sector for the development and implementation of our own ICI Waste Diversion Program. We need your help to develop a local waste diversion strategy that aligns with The City of Calgary and addresses your unique qualities, challenges and needs.
The Town of Cochrane is holding two working sessions to provide updates on the current condition of the recycling/organics market, City of Calgary requirements and local waste management needs, and to discuss how the Town can best support your needs going forward.
If you are unable to attend one of the sessions, but want to provide comments or ask questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 403-851-2277 by April 3, 2020.
We look forward to hearing from you!
UPDATE MARCH 16, 2020 – ICI WASTE DIVERSION BREAKFAST WORK SESSIONS CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE