November 18, 2016

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.

October 17, 2016

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...

September 14, 2016

Our mission is to provide a practical green solution to reduce waste in Winnipeg. From time to time, we come across ways that the public can make this city greener beyond signing up for our weekly compost collection service, and we post these opportunities for engagement on our blog.  

The Province is reviewing a pesticide ban that was introduced last year, and is looking for input from the public. We've compiled a brief summary of the issues at stake and a few resources for those interested in pursuing this further. 

The David Suzuki Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, and the World Health Organization have identified the health risks of pesticides, including cancer, reproductive issues, respiratory illnesses, learning disabilities, and death due to poisonings.  

In spite of the evidence pointing to severe health risks from pesticide exposure, most people advocating for continued use of these chemic...

May 20, 2016

 

Over 3,000 pounds of organic waste collected during friendly competition

 

Winnipeg, Manitoba, May 20, 2016 — The winners of the inaugural Compost Winnipeg Downtown Challenge have been announced. The Most Enthusiastic Team is HTFC Planning and Design; the Best Compost Champion is Ryan Epp of ft3; the Heavyweight Champion is University of Manitoba’s Dining Services at the Bannatyne Campus; and the draw prize winner is Alara Matsyk of Prairie Architects. 

 

The Downtown Challenge was a friendly composting competition for registered offices and organizations in the downtown area. Twenty-two participating locations were set up with compost bins on Earth Day, and Compost Winnipeg staff weighed and collected the organic waste at each location for two weeks. 

 

"It's really eye-opening and motivating to see the amount of compostable organics our office had previously been wasting," says Leah Defoort of HTFC Planning and Design, the office that won the Most Enthusiastic Tea...

April 18, 2016

Face-off to divert organic waste begins on Earth Day

Winnipeg, Manitoba, April 18, 2016 — The inaugural Compost Winnipeg Downtown Challenge begins this Friday in celebration of Earth Day, and concludes on May 7, the final day of International Compost Awareness Week. The two-week Challenge, hosted by Green Action Centre’s new social enterprise, is a friendly waste-reduction competition for businesses and organizations in the downtown area. 

By the end of the Challenge, Compost Winnipeg’s goal is to reach 15,000 pounds of organic waste diverted from the landfill since their start-up in August. “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day and International Compost Awareness Week,” says Compost Winnipeg’s Project Manager Kelly Kuryk. “I am a compost enthusiast and I wanted to do something to put composting in a positive light.”

Vanessa Stachiw, owner of Little Sister Coffee Maker in Osborne Village, shares Kuryk’s enthusiasm for composting. “Many of our staff compost at hom...

April 6, 2016

The Compost Winnipeg Downtown Challenge sign-up page has just been updated. Check-out the excellent eco-prizes!

 

Compost Challenge Sign-up

March 30, 2016

Green Action Centre announces launch of new social enterprise

 

Winnipeg, Manitoba, March 30, 2016 — Green Action Centre is pleased to announce the official launch of Compost Winnipeg, a new social enterprise that enables Winnipeggers to green their garbage. Businesses in the downtown area are invited to participate in the Compost Winnipeg Downtown Challenge, which begins on Earth Day (April 22), and ends with the conclusion of International Compost Awareness Week (May 7).

 

During the two-week Challenge, Compost Winnipeg will track the weight of organic waste collected from registered Challenge participants. All new and existing clients of Compost Winnipeg will automatically be registered for the challenge. Other offices in the downtown area can also participate by registering online.

 

“People are often hesitant to start composting in the workplace,” remarks Kelly Kuryk, Project Manager for Compost Winnipeg. “This Challenge gives them the opportunity to start composting with a minimal leve...

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