The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has announced a Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant of $73,975 for the city of Whitehorse for its “green cart” pilot project to minimize and divert waste as part of its residential organics collection program.
Under the pilot project the City of Whitehorse is reviewing its residential organics collection system to determine the feasibility of three measures to enhance the program. The first of these measures is the adoption of standardized green carts with lids, coupled with automated lifters for organics (to eliminate the cost and process issues currently experienced with bag liners). Secondly, black carts have been tested to create a unified two-cart curbside system to improve the collection program’s profile and visibility. In cooperation with the 2007 Canada Winter Games Host Society, the City has also tested the potential for waste diversion at special events.
“Thanks to the Green Municipal Fund, the City of Whitehorse has had the opportunity to field test measures to refine its organics collection program that it might not have had otherwise,” said Whitehorse Mayor Bev Buckway.
“The City estimates that full implementation of a green cart program would offset in excess of 1,100 tonnes of carbon dioxide from our landfill each year. In turn, this would reduce the potential for leachate toxicity and treatment, as well as protect groundwater resources.”
The Government of Canada has endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish and manage the Green Municipal Fund. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters sustainable communities enjoying a high quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.