Winnipeg’s solid waste and recycling collection by Emterra Environmental reached a milestone performance level for 2013, despite having to contend with a record-breaking winter.
According to Winnipeg’s Comprehensive Integrated Waste Management Strategy 2013 Annual Report, Emterra had just 31,500 missed collection calls out of more than 17 million collection stops over the year.
“Despite having to cope with a record breaking winter that has been a challenge for all Winnipeggers, we’ve still been able to deliver on our service contract better than 99.8 per cent of the time,” said John Sitarek, operations manager of Emterra’s Winnipeg division. “While we’re the first to say we can improve, at the same time, we’re proud of that record.”
The City of Winnipeg recorded another significant milestone in 2013. Single-stream recycling cart system and yard waste collection contributed to a 55 per cent increase in waste diversion from landfill of over 2012. Winnipeggers also broke records for yard waste collection in 2013, with an increase of 17,000 tonnes over the fall collection season the year before, according to the city’s data.
“We’re very excited to see Winnipeggers push the waste diversion needle up and putting the city on a path to achieving its waste diversion goal of 35 per cent by 2016,” said Emmie Leung, Emterra CEO.
Emterra is in the second year of a fiveyear integrated solid waste collection contract with Winnipeg. In addition to collecting garbage and recycling from a rollout cart system introduced in the fall of 2012, Emterra also collects yard waste and bulky items citywide. Between the recycling facility and the collection program, Emterra employs more than 200 Manitobans.
To manage the new contract, Emterra invested in a $23 million upgrade and expansion to its Henry Avenue material recovery facility (MRF) and introduced approximately 60 technologically-advanced, environmentally-friendly collection trucks fuelled by cleanerburning compressed natural gas (CNG) which cut greenhouse gas emissions by up to 20 per cent. It is the largest fleet of CNG trucks in the world operating in an extreme cold winter climate.