Beaconsfield gets federal money for environmental project
The City of Beaconsfield recently received some green for their pilot project in going green.
Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources Canada, and Raymond Louie, Second Vice President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), announced a $113,850 Green Municipal Fund grant for the city for a waste management pilot project.
The FCM website explains the Green Municipal Fund as aiding "the very best examples of leadership and innovation in municipal sustainable development. These initiatives must aim to achieve significant environmental impact and have the potential to be replicated in other communities."
Beaconsfield city councillor Wade Staddon is grateful that their project was chosen.
"The government support is extremely important," says Staddon, "it's a fairly progressive project and it requires a certain amount of outlay of funds, and the government through the FCM has covered half the costs, so it's quite significant."
"I would say that it's unlikely that the project would have gone ahead with council support had not the funds been made available by the FCM," he added.
The pilot project, which was initiated in the spring, consists of 350 chosen homes in two sectors of Beaconsfield. The first phase, which is already in progress, is set to determine to what extent people can be converted to using composters to get rid of their organic waste.
"The idea is if we can have people convert in large numbers to composting, which is a much more environmentally sustainable way of handling it, we can eliminate curb-side pick-up and the costs that are generated by that."
When the project began, over two-thirds of the 350 homes signed up and are still active today.
"As a matter of fact, with the leftover composters we had which was over a hundred; we offered them to other people who may be interested. They went in one day. And we have a waiting list of 400 people who want to join the program on a secondary basis."
The second phase of the project, where participants will choose a new bin size based on the amount of waste they produce, and a new system for promoting waste reduction will be tested, is scheduled to begin in November.
The project is set to run for over a year, and has the possibility of expanding composting and participation to the entire city upon completion. The trials, errors and successes learned from the project will be shared with other municipalities.