Beaconsfield composting program gains support from community

Four hundred residents on waiting list for brown bins

By Kevin Woodhouse

Beaconsfield’s pilot produce to encourage residents to use home composters has been well received with not only the test group receiving bins for composting but there are 400 homes on the waiting list hoping to take part.

Participants who signed up as the city’s test group have had lessons from master composters and been given the tools to reduce landfill waste by composting more than simply throwing out old food into the garbage.

With a grant from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) totally almost $115,000, the 300 residents chosen for the study have been given a domestic and kitchen composter as well as the tools necessary to reduce waste.

According to the city’s website, the program “will run more than 12 months and upon completion, the possibility of expanding composting and participation to the entire city will be reviewed. The lessons learned from the Beaconsfield pilot project will be shared with other municipalities.”

“The Harper Government is assisting municipalities across the country in achieving their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for Canadians through the Green Municipal Fund,” noted Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources. “The funding announced today will facilitate the involvement of the Beaconsfield community in domestic composting and will serve as a sustainable development model for other municipalities.”

Councillor Wade Staddon, who is also the city’s Environmental Advisory Committee chair, told The Suburban that after filling the test subjects with composters, “there were 100 left and they went in a day with a 400 person waiting list. And with this grant, we could give 200 away that would be paid in full and use them as a control group without the training to see how they do on their own.”

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