Business Items    Item #:   4. a.            
Committee of the Whole Meeting Agenda
Meeting Date: 04/18/2017  
Title: Residential Waste Audit and Program Review - Levasseur
Presenter: Patrick Inglis
Department: Planning & Infrastructure
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Request for Decision Summary
This presentation is being brought forward to Council to provide information on the Residential Waste Audit and Program Review report conducted by S-Cubed Environmental. The report provides a snapshot of the City's waste diversion, and how the City's waste program compares with neighbouring municipalities.  This report provides several recommendations on how the City can increase  waste diversion.
Proposed Motion
 
That the City of Spruce Grove Residential Waste Audit and Program Review report be received as information.
 
 
 
Background/Analysis

As a result of a 2016 Corporate Plan Initiative the City contracted S-Cubed Environmental to conduct two audits, one in summer and another in fall of 2016. Two audits were completed to account for the seasonal differences in quantity and composition of the materials, and to allow annual comparisons to be made from a wider source of data.

A sample of 100 houses were selected from several neighbourhoods representing City demographics and were classified as declining (18), status quo (23), single family (25), multi-housing (9) and growth (25). Single and row houses, as well as mobile homes, were included in the sample. The sample also included houses with the 120 litre garbage cart.

The material received was sorted and audited, with the contents of each bag being weighed and recorded.  This data was used to determine the City's current waste diversion as well as to compare the City's diversion and programming with neighbouring municipalities.

Options/Alternatives
N/A
Consultation/Engagement
N/A
Implementation/Communication
The results of the waste audit will be communicated to the public through standard means of communication (social media and web posts).  Administration has already begun implementation of various recommendations from the report, and will continue to implement recommendations as the program grows and develops. Any recommendations that will impact service levels will be brought forward as a corporate initiative.
Impacts
The updated waste diversion statistics obtained through the waste audit and program review will help the City focus its outreach communication programs.  More focused programs will allow for a potential increase in waste diversion from landfill, lower GHG emissions and lower hauling and tipping costs at the landfill.

Attachments-Y
2016 Residential Waste Audit
Food Waste Engagement CBSM