Mayor Brian Bowman is a big fan of composting. He says his family has done it as long as he can remember.
But should he and others like him, who currently do the earth-friendly deed for free, be charged up to $100 a year to have that organic waste collected at the curb? Bowman says that’s something that Winnipeg has to figure out.
“The question, ultimately is, ‘How much are we prepared to pay for it?’ What I am pleased about in the last week is the fact that we’re having this discussion. No decisions have been made and that’s why we need the public consultation.”
A proposed plan would add green bins to the grey and blue ones already on the curbs of Winnipeggers. It could cost between $55 and $100 a year. One possible solution would be to allow people who already compost to opt-out, and Bowman says these questions are all proof that the public needs to be consulted.
“There are cost implications to it, but there’s also potential benefits to combating climate change. If you look at the greenhouse gases from Brady and other things, these are good discussions. Most people, in principle, will be supporting it. Are we prepared to pay for it?”
Bowman couldn’t when exactly a public consultation process would begin, just that he hoped it would as soon as possible.