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Ward 7 News: Work to Begin on Calgary's New Composting Facility

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Construction to start this fall on City composting facility
Green Cart coming in mid-2017

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Construction is scheduled to start this fall on The City of Calgary's composting facility, moving us another step closer to the city-wide Green Cart program.

Once complete in mid-2017, the engineered indoor facility located at the Shepard Waste Management Facility will process all of the food and yard waste collected from single-family homes through the Green Cart program, as well as dewatered biosolids, a nutrient-rich by-product from wastewater treatment. The Green Cart program will launch once the composting facility is operating properly. The facility will produce about 100,000 tonnes of high quality compost annually.

The City signed a contract with Chinook Resource Management Group (CRMG) to design, build and operate the composting facility. CRMG is a partnership of four Canadian companies: Bird Construction and Maple Reinders, which will build the facility; Stantec, which will design the facility; and AIM Environmental Group, which will operate the facility.

Composting food and yard material is a critical step in reducing the amount of waste going to Calgary's landfills. Food and yard waste makes up more than half of the garbage from our homes. Buried without oxygen in a landfill, those decomposing materials produce greenhouse gases and leachate, the liquid from garbage that must be collected and treated to protect the environment.

By composting, we can reduce our dependence on landfills, minimize the harmful environmental effects of burying food and yard waste, and produce compost, a useful resource for parks, gardens and agriculture. Visit for more information on Green Cart and the composting facility.

Five Facts about Green Cart and the Composting Facility
• More than half of household garbage is food and yard waste
• Composting facility construction starts fall 2015 – complete in mid-2017
• Located at Shepard Waste Management Facility
• Green Cart will launch city-wide once composting facility is operating
• Facility will produce 100,000 tonnes of high quality compost annually


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