Craik Community Composting and Waste Minimization Project (Award Recipient)

Contact person (The person making this entry has the ability to edit this entry in the future. See above for details as to how): 
Crystal Stinson
Email address of primary contact person: 
stinson@canwan.com
Describe the project (This description appears in your map point. Insert a photo if you choose by selecting the "tree" icon): 

 

The purpose of this project is to decrease the amount of waste that the town of Craik sends away to the landfill. The primary way that this has happened is by establishing a community composting plan, but it also included 2 collection days – one for household hazardous waste and one for e-waste and paint. This project is important because it reduces waste that get sent away from Craik and into the landfill; it creates an end-product that will benefit the community (compost!); it creates partnerships with local business and government; and it creates awareness and action from the local population. The RCE theme that this project address the most is Bulding Sustainable Communities. The project is targeted at the citizens of Craik and surrounding area. This project began in October 2009, and continues to this day. How this project came about was with an idea that evolved over time and eventually was realized with the application and acceptance of a federal Eco-Action grant which provided funds to get the project started. To date, the things that have been accomplished with this project are as follows:

-Every household in Craik had a visit from the project co-ordinator (Crystal Stinson) and her helper (Naomi Hunter) who explained how the project would work and the importance of composting. Of the 66% of households where someone was home, 80% of people agreed to give the program a try. A 3 gallon plastic pail was distributed to willing households.

-A central drop-off bin was arranged. This is a place where people can drop off their organics for composting.

-A partnership with Waste Management evolved from their donating the bins, to the transportation of the waste from the central location to the Titan Clean Energy Projects every 2 weeks.

- A partnership with Titan Clean Energy Projects was established where they process the waste using a high-pressure screw press. They then donate the finished compost back to the community for use in community green spaces and individual use.

-This project is expected to continue past the date that the funding is complete (June 2011).

 

Describe the timing of your project (Please describe the date and length of time the project runs): 

This project began in October 2009, and continues to this day.

Keywords (Please list keywords, separated by commas, that relate to the project): 
Composting, Waste Minimization
Describe the educational component of the project (e.g. formal education, training, or public awareness advanced by the project): 

 

The majority of the towns citizens were approached during the initial phase of the project. This engaged each person to contemplate what their role may be in making this project work; and how it could be advantageous to themselves to participate in such a project. Issues that seemed to connect with people included:

-their garbage had the potential to be less smelly, with all the smelly compostables diverted

-possible reduction in number of times that the garbage needed to be picked up, thereby a possibility of reduction of cost to the town

-the possibility of receiving some compost later on, that they could use on their own property

-the use of finished compost on town green spaces created good will in the community and shows community spirit

-working with a local business seemed to appeal to many people

-the Town council seemed to appreciate someone else setting up a service that is provided to town citizens, in which they did not have to expend time, energy, or funds on.

The educational door-to-door visits at the beginning of the program were instumental in the success of the project, as the talking with people one on one gave the project a face, which increased community participation.

 

What level of education does this project address?: 
Public awareness, for example, through the media (informal education)
Describe any participation in your project from the grassroots community, youth, the poor/vulnerable, minority groups: 

People from all generations were approached, from young couples to working families to seniors. The project offered help (home-pickup) to seniors and folks with mobility issues, so that everyone could paricipate if they wished.

Project sponsors/funders: 

 

A partnership with Waste Management evolved from their donating the bins, to the transportation of the waste from the central location to the Titan Clean Energy Projects every 2 weeks.

A partnership with Titan Clean Energy Projects was established where they process the waste using a high-pressure screw press. They then donate the finished compost back to the community for use in community green spaces and individual use.

 

How did you find out about this survey?: 

Data from recognition event 2011