Kitchen Scraps

Starting in 2014, the Township of Esquimalt started participating in the Regional Kitchen Scraps Strategy as part of a region-wide initiative to reduce kitchen scraps in the Hartland Landfill. The Capital Regional District estimates that 30% of the waste sent to the landfill is organic material. This material can be separated and converted into compost or fertilizer, supporting waste reduction and a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. Kitchen scraps were banned from the Hartland landfill in January 2015. 

Township crews pick up garbage and kitchen scraps at the same time using specialized trucks capable of collecting both waste streams. 

Background

  • Council voted to proceed with the new Waste Management Program at a Council meeting on Monday February 18, 2013. This decision was made in accordance with a Council strategic priority of providing efficient and sustainable waste management services to residents.
  • The Township is currently in preliminary discussions with the City of Victoria to use its transfer station for kitchen scraps and garbage streams.
  • New trucks capable of managing two waste streams and equipped to automate curbside pickup are replacing older trucks that were scheduled to be replaced as part of a fleet update. These trucks are expected to be delivered by early 2014.
  • The Capital Regional District (CRD) estimates that 30 per cent of the waste sent to the Hartland Landfill is organic material. This material can be separated and converted into compost or fertilizer, supporting waste reduction and a decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. Using the CRD’s current estimate of organic waste in the landfill, the Township would be diverting approximately 510 tonnes of waste material per year from the landfill. Kitchen scraps will be banned from the Hartland landfill by January 1, 2015.

Please return to this page in the coming months for important updates on the Township implementation of the Regional Kitchen Scraps Strategy and our broader Waste Management Program. See our waste management brochure here. Do you need assistance with your bins? Read more about our Residential Solid Waste Assistance Program and download an application form here.

For more information on kitchen scraps diversion, and a list of acceptable materials, download the CRD brochure here.

Find out more about recycling at myrecyclopedia.ca.