Organics were banned from landfill in Nova Scotia on November 30, 1998. Since then, new products like the Organicart have helped municipalities achieve high diversion goals. Ten Nova Scotia municipalities use this cart system: the suburban rural mixes of Argyle, Barrington, Clare, Corridor, East Hant, Shelbourne Digby; the historic old towns of Digby, Windsor and Yarmouth; and, the City of Halifax.
The Organicart was designed and manufactured by Rehrig Pacific Company, based in Los Angeles, California after extensive research, field tests and customer feedback. Some innovative features include a superior ventilation system and exceptional mobility and stability. The carts are available in 64 gallon and 95 gallon dimensions.
Rehrig took an active part in developing promotional and educational materials, contests and programs. “The participation levels are great,” says Town of Windsor Mayor Maxine Whynot. “About 94 per cent of residents participated In the seventh collection week.”
Heidi Achenbach, manager of solid waste for the Municipality of East Hants, has also reported exceptional participation — over 85 per cent. All the programs have demonstrated a long-term sustainability.
Written by Paul Speed, Canadian sales representative of Rehrig Pacific Company, based in Los Angeles, California.