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January 20, 2014

Public Invited to an open house to learn about the New 4R Winnipeg Depot and other improvements at the Brady Road Resource Management Facility

Shifting the primary focus from landfilling to recycling

Released: 9:48 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - Members of the public are invited to an open house to learn about the new 4R Winnipeg Depot and other enhancements at the Brady Road Resource Management Facility (Brady Landfill). The open house, a drop-in format, is Thursday, January 23, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the St. Norbert Community Centre, 3450 Pembina Highway. Information will be available on developments to help shift the primary focus from landfilling to recycling, including recent upgrades, improvements scheduled for this year and plans for the future.

Highlights of improvements over the last two years include a new compost pad to turn the yard waste from the seasonal curbside collection program into thousands of cubic metres of nutrient-rich compost, and a new system to capture and flare landfill gases, which helps to reduce landfill and reduce the annual greenhouse gas emissions from the landfill.

This summer, a two-year pilot program will begin composting about 20 per cent of Winnipeg’s biosolids (nutrient-rich by-product of sewage treatment) in a new $7 million complex, and Winnipeg’s first 4R Winnipeg Depot is scheduled to open this fall.

The 4R Winnipeg Depot is one of the programs in the Council-approved Garbage and Recycling Master Plan designed to reduce garbage and increase recycling. The depot will be a convenient “one stop shop” where residents can drop off materials that can be recycled, reused, composted, or resold. It will have three distinct drop-off areas - FREE-cycle Row, FEE-cycle Row, and Garbage Disposal.

FREE-cycle Row will accept all the recyclable items that are managed by the City of Winnipeg (e.g., curbside collection, recycling depots), and Producer Responsibility Organizations (e.g., scrap tires, household hazardous waste, electronic waste).

For $5.00 per load (less than â tonne), FEE-cycle row will accept materials such as brick, concrete, ceramics/porcelain, tree wood waste, lumber, scrap metal, major appliances and oversized rigid plastic (e.g., patio furniture). There is a charge for these items because they are not supported by the Producer Responsibility Organizations. The fee is designed to cover the costs to manage the materials.

Garbage Row will contain drop-off bins for materials that can’t be recycled, composted, resold or reused and will be the permanent disposal area for small loads of garbage.

Long term plans include a new larger facility to process all the recyclable materials, more than 50,000 tonnes per year and growing, from blue recycling carts and a green business park, which will host companies that reclaim and reuse materials that would otherwise be buried in the landfill (e.g., electronic waste).

Members of the public that are unable to attend the open house can find more information and provide feedback by Friday, February 14, 2014:

  • by commenting on the City’s website at wwdengage.winnipeg.ca
  • by email at wwdfeedback@winnipeg.ca
  • by mail to City of Winnipeg, Water and Waste Department, 1199 Pacific Ave, Winnipeg MB, R3E 3S8, Attention: Brady and 4R Depot Consultation

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Declared Snow Route Parking Ban lifted

Released: 11:58 a.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The public is advised that the Declared Snow Route Parking Ban that was put into effect on Thursday, January 16, 2014 has now been lifted.

The Declared Snow Route Parking Ban is an extension of the Annual Snow Route Parking Ban, which is currently in effect daily from 2:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m.; Sunday, December 1, 2013 to Saturday, March 1, 2014.

Snow clearing operations are undertaken in accordance with the City Council-approved Snow Clearing and Ice Control Policy, which can be found online at City of Winnipeg - Snow Clearing Policy

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Update on Laxdal Road water main

Scheduled to be replaced as part of the 2014 Water Main Renewal Program

Released: 2:55 p.m.

Winnipeg, MB - The section of water main on Laxdal Road between Ridgewood Avenue and Beiko Avenue, originally installed in 1970, is at the end of its service life and will be replaced as part of the City’s 2014 Water Main Renewal Program.

From December 29, 2013, to January 19, 2014, there have been 12 leaks on this water main, interrupting water service for up to 38 homes. This is an unusually high number of leaks in a very short time. Water main breaks usually result from external corrosion of the pipe. Winnipeg soil is highly conductive and corrodes the metallic pipe from the outside in. Extreme weather changes can cause the ground to swell and contract, placing excessive pressure on the water mains, causing any weakened pipe to break.

“We recognize the inconvenience and understand the frustration caused by the prolonged disruption to water service,” said Diane Sacher, Director of the City’s Water and Waste Department. “We thank the residents on Laxdal Road for their patience and assure them that we have been doing everything we can to repair each leak as quickly as possible. Replacing this section of water main is a priority.”

As a result of the rapid decline in the condition of the water main on Laxdal Road, this section of water main has been added to the 2014 Water Main Renewal Program, and has been assigned the highest priority. There are 2,557 kilometres of water mains in the city. An average of approximately 12 kilometres of water main can be replaced each year under the approved Capital Budget. The budget for the 2014 program is $16 million. Since 1998, the City has spent $159.8 million to replace corroded water mains with new PVC pipe.

The cost to replace about 400 metres of water main on Laxdal Road will be approximately $500,000. The Water Main Renewal Program work is performed by contractors, and the section of water main on Laxdal Road will be included in the first tender package of the season, with a stipulation that it is the first priority on the list of mains to be replaced. Construction can begin no sooner than late April or early May, as the frost must be out of the ground and overnight temperatures do not drop below freezing, to avoid the risk of temporary water service lines freezing.

More information on water main breaks and the annual water main renewal program is on the City’s website at City of Winnipeg - Water and Waste

Last update: 11.03.2014

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