Congratulations to Green Action Centre Board Member James Magnus-Johnson and the folks at the Canadian Mennonite University on unveiling the Centre for Resilience today! We are excited to be connected to this fabulous initiative.
Green Action Centre's Compost Winnipeg & Councillor Mayes Partner for School Composting
Winnipeg, Manitoba, December 21, 2017 -- Compost Winnipeg and St. Vital Councillor Brian Mayes invite schools to start thinking about a green resolution for the New Year: Compost. Thanks to support from Coun. Mayes, Compost Winnipeg will provide two Winnipeg schools with composting services from January to June 2018, including compost education, supplies, and food scraps pick-up.
“I am contacted regularly by schools. Kids, teachers and parents want to see their schools composting but they rarely have a budget to take it beyond the discussion phase.” Says Kelly Kuryk, Project Manager for Compost Winnipeg. “Funding by Councillor Mayes will enable us to sponsor 2 schools to pilot a compost collection program. I am really excited – I hope we get lots of schools applying and can later expand the service!”
“I have been impressed by Compost Winnipeg’s work and wanted to assist them with increa...
Please note: Compost giveaway has been postponed due to spring road weight restrictions.
Kick off International Compost Awareness Week with us! Only one week before Mother’s Day, we’re encouraging you to do something for Mother Earth in the second week of May.
Come watch Dirt! The Movie with us at FortWhyte Alive, and then stay after to learn about how you can make your own dirt through composting! We’ll have a presenter from Fort Whyte to talk about vermicomposting, and Jen from Nature’s Perfect Plant Food will have some vermicomposting kits for sale. This is the perfect time to launch that composting program at your home that you’ve been putting off, because Fort Whyte also has Earth Machines and kitchen collector buckets for sale, and Green Action Centre is selling compost aerators for only $20.
This event is open to families of all ages, but please be aware that the documentary is 80 minutes long and we ask you to use your d...
21 April 2017 (Winnipeg): Compost Winnipeg makes every day Earth Day!
Yesterday, Compost Winnipeg - a social enterprise of Green Action Centre - showcased their love of compost and their work collecting organic waste that would otherwise end up in Winnipeg’s landfill. Every week, Compost Winnipeg staff pick up organic waste from businesses and residents around the city, and turn food scraps into compost. The pick-up service is tailored to those who do not have the time, space or ability to compost onsite.
To celebrate Earth Day, held annually on April 22, Compost Winnipeg is highlighting the weight of food waste captured during a regular day of their organic waste pick up. On this day, Compost Winnipeg picked up 840kg of compost, and since its launch last spring has captured over 80,500kg that would otherwise find its way to the landfill. This is equivalent to 1,905kgs of methane avoided, which is a greenhouse gas roughly 30 times more potent than Carbon Dioxide. This means...
The City of Winnipeg will be giving away compost on Earth Day (Saturday April 22). Take all your recyclables down the the Pacific 4R Depot (located at 1120 Pacific Avenue) and leave with some Grade A quality compost. It's a great deal!
Be sure to bring a sturdy container. You can have up to 100L. Don't know what 100L looks like? It's the volume of an average garbage can.
The forecast may be cool this weekend but nothing warms your heart like celebrating Earth :)
Be sure to drop by and say hi to us at the Farm! We'll have:
*Master Gardener William Dowie giving advice on how to maximize use of Compost in your garden (and other gardening advice!)
* Earth Day weekend sale on home compost pick-up! Sign up for 12 months and get 2 additional bonus months! You will also be entered to win a backyard garden consultation ($200 value)
* Vermicompost action! Learn about the wonderful worms of Fort Whyte Alive.
FortWhyte Alive Earth Day 2017
Come out for a full day of family fun! Join us for live entertainment, environmental workshops and exciting outdoor activities. Celebrate the planet with lessons in sustainability, special programming at FortWhyte Farms and a chance to explore the site at no cost - admission is free all day!
Launching in January 2017, Compost Winnipeg is excited to announce residential compost pick-up! Composting has never been easier. Sign up today to take advantage of our limited time offer of a free starter package.
Starter package includes:
One 5 gallon compost collection bucket with air-tight lid
Compostable bucket liner
List of compostable items
“We Compost!” sticker
Weekly Service Includes
Collection and composting of organic waste
Reduce waste sent to the landfill by about 40%
Reduce greenhouse gases and the other harmful effects of landfilling waste
Support the local economy and an environmental non-profit
Holy biosolids Winnipeg! On day 2 of Compost operator training we got a tour of the City of Winnipeg's Brady Road compost operation. It is a really impressive and well managed operation. Currently dedicated to leaf and yard waste and biosolids, the City is planning on expanding to include food waste sometime... soon... (I hope!). Above pictures are from the biosolids (dewatered solids from sewage and wastewater treatment) composting area. It sounds like it might be gross but it really isn't - hardly even a smell. The high quality compost produced is used as landfill cover.
St. Vital Centre, Compost Winnipeg, & Councillor Mayes partner for sustainability
Winnipeg, Manitoba, October 17, 2016 – Waste Reduction Week kicks off today, marking the 15th year the issue has been highlighted in Canada. Local environmental organization Green Action Centre is featuring an unexpected hero – a shopping mall.
Winnipeggers might be surprised to learn that St. Vital Centre has a sustainable development mission statement outlining the need to balance “social responsibility, economic vitality, and environmental stewardship.” Operations Manager Don Lombaert has seen first-hand the financial savings that come with sustainable choices.
“We did a renovation in 2012/2013, and one of the goals was energy reduction. The entire mall has LED lighting both inside and out,” Lombaert explains. “Our gas consumption has gone down since I started, about 50 percent. Our GM was asking me a couple months ago, ‘How come hydro costs are down 14 percent?’”
There is a lot happening for Waste Reduction Week at Green Action Centre! Compost presentations, 4R depot tour, and more. Check out our website for more information.
We are happy to welcome a few new compost partners this week. West End Cultural Centre has had a compost program for cups, paper towels, coffee and food scraps for a while now and we feel lucky they have chosen us to pick-up their compostable waste. Hoping to learn from an established program and promise to keep their bins sparkling clean!
Also welcome to ACI Manitoba. It was a blast from the past to walk into their office yesterday. Formerly the office of Canadian Environmental Indigenous Resources, they have a beautiful space in the Exchange totally furnished with green building materials, including a composting toilet! I spent a lot of time in the early 2000's in this office planning and meeting about green building projects with what we called the "Manitoba Green Building Group". This informal group eventually becam...