Chris McKenna, director of operations and property services for the Town of Ponoka speaks with resident Holly Sheppard May 10 during a waste management open house. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

Bringing composting to Ponoka is a simple step

For $2 extra per month, Ponoka residents can see compost collections

Getting compost services in Ponoka is a lot easier than was initially believed.

When the town switched to the current waste management services with Green For Life (GFL), the former administration told residents composting services would not be affordable. The argument to residents at the time was that building a compost site at the town’s landfill would take engineering and regulatory approvals.

No one mentioned using GFL’s compost facility.

According to Chris McKenna, director of operations and property services, it’s just a matter of signing up for the program.

“If we go with a full, organic green program, it’s going to be about an extra $2 per month per household,” said McKenna.

Along with grass clippings in the green carts, residents will be able to minimize their garbage by putting in meat, vegetables, egg shells, plus they will be able to put in pizza boxes that have some food on them or items such as Kleenex or paper towels.

“And that will all be diverted from our landfill,” said McKenna.

This information contrasts with what previous administration told residents, however, McKenna, and top administration did not work for the town at that time. McKenna said he tried to speak with every single person that came to the open house and when he mentioned the composting service, he said the majority of people spoke in favour of it.

“I’ve had a few people say, ‘I need weekly pick up.’ And then I tell them about this and they say, ‘Whoa, sign me up,’” explained McKenna.

Composting services was one of the ideas that residents said they would like the town to adopt during a recent Ponoka News web poll.

The goal of the open house was intended to hear from residents. The town’s current contract with GFL is set to expire in December and the hope is to find ways to improve it based on residents wants and needs.

“It’s definitely going to be in my report that I recommend this (composting) in my tender,” explained McKenna.

He added that if there’s overwhelming support for compost services to be implemented sooner than December, that he would attempt to set it up.

When asked about the question of weekly garbage collection without raising the cost, McKenna said there is some potential to change the way garbage and grass clippings are collected. That being said, according to McKenna it appears residents would prefer to keep the collections as they are as long as the compost program is implemented.

Just Posted

Ponoka Stampeders zero for two against Stettler Lightning

Stamps prepare for Sunday home game against the Cochrane Generals

Ponoka cowboy Vernon (Bud) Butterfield passes away

The Ponoka Stampede Association announced his passing Friday

Ponoka’s ag event centre busy with show jumping event

Equine show jumpers came to the Calnash Ag Event Centre for a show jumping event

Environment Minister clarifies misconceptions in Bighorn proposal

Minister Shannon Phillips speaks to concerns around the Bighorn Country

Three Ponoka men and one youth charged in assault case

Police obtained a search warrant and located drugs and sawed-off shot gun

Students seen mocking Native Americans could face expulsion

One 11-minute video of the confrontation shows the Haka dance and students loudly chanting

May plans next move in Brexit fight as chances rise of delay

Some say a lack of action could trigger a ‘public tsunami’

Group challenges ruling for doctors to give referrals for services that clash with beliefs

A group of five Canadian doctors and three professional organizations is appealing

Major winter storm wreaks havoc on U.S. travel

Nearly 5,000 flights were cancelled Sunday around the country

WATCH: Team Alberta in Red Deer this weekend to prepare for Canada Winter Games

About 250 Team Alberta athletes toured venues and tested out facilities Saturday

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

Seismologists expect the temblors to continue for months, although the frequency has lessened

Women’s March returns across the U.S. amid shutdown and controversy

The original march in 2017, the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, drew hundreds of thousands of people

Rare ‘super blood wolf moon’ takes to the skies this Sunday

Celestial event happens only three times this century

Most Read