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ResidentialcompostcartstorolloutthisfallinYkEnvironmentWasteManagement12TuesdayApril292014WewishyouallthebestinyourfutureendeavoursStudentsalwaysSave10onGroceriesHardwareandDrygoodsExcludestobaccoproducts.AvalidstudentIDmustbepresented.KaesersStoresLtd.76-80BreynatSt.FortSmithNT867-872-2345KaeserssupportsAURORACOLLEGEthroughouttheyear.ByMEAGANWOHLBERGGardenersandgreen-liv-ingadvocatesreceivedgoodnewslastweekfromtheCityofYellowknifewiththean-nouncementthatanewwastedisposalcartsystemseparat-ingorganicwastefromlandllgarbagewilllaunchthisfall.ThenewblackandgreencartsystemwasannouncedatthecitysSolidWasteForumheldlastWednesdayduringEarthWeek.Accordingtothecityblackcartsforgarbagewillberoll-ingouttoallsinglefamilyhomesacrossYellowknifethisfallfollowedbygreencartsstartingwiththeKa-vanaughrouteandspread-ingacrossthecityeachyear.MayorMarkHeycksaidthecartswillmodernizethecityswastecollectionmak-ingthesystemmoreefcientaswellasmoresustainable.ThecompostingprogramwillhelpusreducewhatsgoingintoourlandfillHeycksaid.Theprogramwillincreasetherateofwastediversionreducetheoverallcostofsolidwastemanage-mentandmaketheSolidWasteFacilityasaferplaceforworkersandresidents.Thecartprogramisanindicationofthesuccessofthecityspilotcompostingprogramcarriedoutwiththeassistanceoflocalen-vironmentalgroupEcologyNorthoverthepastseveralyears.Thatprogramsawroughlytwotonnesoforganicwasteperweekfromagroupof20commercialproducersdi-vertedfromthelandllandturnedintoblackgoldforthecitysgardeners.WeprovedthatcompostingworksintheNorthwhereitsalsobeingdoneinplaceslikeWhitehorseandIqaluitandsonowitsbeingputintothecapi-talbudgettodevelopacentral-izedcompostingfacilityatthelandllsaidCraigScottproj-ectsofcerforEcologyNorth.Thecitywillconstructthefacilitythissummerandtherolloutperiodisdesignedtobegradualsothecitycande-terminehowmuchcomposttoexpectandensurefacili-tiescanexpandasneeded.Anauditdonepreviouslyshowedthat26percentofwasteinYellowknifeisorganicin-cludingfoodandyardwaste.Thewastewillbepickedupeverytwoweekswithcompostandregulargarbagepickupsalternatingeachweek.Scottsaidthecartswillbepestproofhelpingtode-creasethelitterproblemcre-atedbyravensonthestreetsandwilllikelydecreasethebirdproblemallaroundatthelandllaftermostoftheor-ganicwasteisseparatedout.Someofthepaperrecy-clingwillbecombinedintothecompost-makingprocessmeaninglesspapertobeshippedsouthwhichwillfur-therreducecostsforthecity.Itwillalsobesaferforthegarbagepickupcrewsasthecartswillbepickedupanddumpedusingtrucklifts.TheresawholehostofsavingsthereandbenetsScottsaid.Andintheendwecomeoutwithabeauti-fulblacksoilwhichisre-allyindemandfromgarden-ersintheNorthespeciallyinYellowknifebecausewedonthavesoil.Weselloutimmediatelyeverytimewehaveacompostsale.ModelfortheNWTScottsaidtheYellowknifeprojectwasdevelopedwiththegoalofassistingothercommunitiesinterestedincreatingtheirownresiden-tialcompostingprograminthesamewaythatYel-lowknifebenetedfromtheknowledgeofWhitehorseandIqaluit.Themandateistobasi-callyleadbyexampleandprovidehelptothesmallercommunitieshesaid.Imhopefulsomeothercommu-nitieswillfollowsuitandre-alizethatitsnotreallythathardtodo.ThoughtheprojectisjustgettingitsbearingsinYel-lowknifeothercommuni-tiesaroundtheNWTarealsolookingintocompost-ingalternativesincludingHayRiverwhichisconsid-eringtheoptionofcentral-izedcomposting.WhileFortSmithhasnoplansasofyetforaresidentialcompostingsystemwhichMayorBradBrakesaidismoreneededinareaswithhigherpopulationsandlessusablegrowingspacehesaidthetownhaspurchasedsomeexcellentbackyardcom-posterunitsthroughgrantsthatareavailabletocitizensforpurchase.Inthiswayweareencour-agingcompostinginthecom-munityBrakesaid.PhotocourtesyofEcologyNorthPhotoBillBradenEcologyNorthstaffMykaJonesleftandSusieTurnerprocesscompostatthelandllcol-lectedthroughthecityscommercialcompostingpilotproject.GreeningupforSpringThisisgreattherapysaysReynaldoLau-aofhisjobattheArcticFarmersnurseryinYellowknife.Itseasytoseewhyashewaterssomeofthethou-sandsofbeddingplantsandbasketsinthewarmhumidearthycomfortofthegreenhouseintheKamLakeIndustrialPark.AfterYellowknifescoldestlongestanddreariestwinterin33yearscrabbylocalgreenthumbsareanxioustogetsprouting.