Town of Canmore

Organics Program

An organics program is something that is being considered and is part of the Town's Waste Management Strategy. To view a copy the Waste Management Strategy, pdf click here (720 KB)

After conducting a  pdf Garburator study (714 KB)  to determine the feasibility of in-sink disposal units it was determined that in sink disposal units would not be sufficient as the only method of disposing of organics.

What is currently being explored?

Several organics diversion programs were explored and a full commercial program and a pilot residential program struck the right balance between reducing the Town’s carbon footprint, meeting community expectations and managing costs. The commercial sector has the most opportunity to divert organic waste because it generates the largest tonnage and its generation points are concentrated to a few key locations of Town making for a more efficient collection system. The residential program is proposed to include 5 collection containers throughout the community and serve as a pilot with opportunity to grow and expand to other locations in the future.

Commercial Program

The program would offer a collection cart to be located indoors. The collection vehicle would service the carts on a set schedule with a specialized truck and cart tipper. Costs to each business will depend on volume of organic waste collected and the number of visits required.

Residential Program

The residential program would include adding five collection containers in the community: one at each recycling depots, plus a location in south Canmore, Larch area, and one on the other side of the Bow River. It is estimated to capture up to 500 tonnes of organic waste. Homeowners wishing to participate will be provided a small under sink collection container. 

Next Steps

  1. Implementation of an organics program for 2019 was approved as part of the budget process on December 19, 2018.
  2. Program details and timelines will be finalized in Q1 of 2019 and more details will be provided when they are available.