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Municipal Curb Side Composting

Over the years we’ve seen more and more municipalities adopt green cart composting as part of their waste management program. The benefits to this are numerous.  After just six months of adopting the program Calgary’s garbage output was reduced by more than 50% – keeping 15 million kg of waste out of landfills. This contributed (and continues to contribute) to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and the production of leachate (a potentially toxic liquid produced by the break down of biodegradable material) from building up in the landfills. So the idea is attractive for several economic, social and environmental reasons.

…garbage was reduced by more than 50% and 15 million kg of waste was kept out of landfills

How do they do it? What happens after you put all that debris into green cart?

Let’s break it down (pun intended)

First the waste is picked up and delivered to the facility. There it is minced into tiny pieces and fed air for 21 days so the micro-nutrients can stay alive during decomposition. During this process the temperature can reach up to 55 degrees Celsius, which eliminates pathogens and odors.

The waste then gets filtered further for non-organic contaminates such a metals, rocks and plastics and then mixed in with the biosolids to begin the curing process.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. This will fuse together the biosolids and residential compost to create a super nutrient rich compost which then gets tested Compost Quality Alliance (CQA) according to the standards set by the Canadian Council of the Minister of Environment.

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