Compost and Waste Reduction Pilot Project - Grace Café
On Earth Day, April 22, 2016, the City of Winnipeg introduced a one-year compost and waste reduction pilot project at the Grace Café on the main floor of the City Hall administration building.
The compost pilot will demonstrate the City's commitment to leadership in environmental, social and economic sustainability.
For the purposes of the pilot project, a waste sorting station has been installed at the Grace Café. The waste sorting station separates waste into three streams – organics, recycling and landfill waste. The newly-installed organics bin will accept all food waste including fruits, vegetables, dairy, bread and grains, meat and seafood, tea bags, coffee filters/grounds, compostable coffee cups and compostable takeout containers, as well as food-soiled paper, paper towels and biodegradable plastics.
The primary goal of this project is the diversion of 10 tonnes of organic materials from the Grace Café and the recycling of valuable nutrients for compost during the pilot period of April 2016 to April 2017.
The 2015 Corporate Waste Reduction Strategy approved the establishment of a corporate waste diversion target of 50% by 2020. To achieve this target, a comprehensive strategy for addressing organic waste and composting will be developed based on the results of this pilot project.
The pilot project is made possible with the support of a $20,000 grant from the Province of Manitoba's Waste Reduction and Pollution Prevention Fund, as well as collaboration with other City departments and industry partners.
Progressive Waste Solutions has been contracted to collect and compost organic materials originating at the Grace Café.
On May 1, 2015, the Planning, Property and Development Department initiated a similar compost and waste reduction pilot project for nearly 300 staff located in Fort Garry Place offices. The project has successfully diverted 1728.64 kilograms of organic materials in the first eight months of operation.