The launch of Canmore's organic waste program was an exuberant affair-perhaps a bit much so.
It appears that the cost of organic waste handling will increase the overall cost of Canmore's waste management, which will have to be supported by taxpayers so the decision to launch the organic waste program is really a spending decision by council.
Unfortunately, the discussion was shrouded in vague allusions to global warming, carbon dioxide, methane etc. Let's be clear, these gases and others are emitted from both landfills and organic recycling facilities.
Justifying this program on the basis of climate appears evasive.
The real costs of this program now and in the future should be communicated on a per household basis.
EDITOR'S NOTE: As was reported in the Outlook in December, at a public council meeting, elected officials discussed the per household costs of organic diversion. There was an eight per cent increase over two years on municipal fees for recycling in the community with a total impact of $28 per household per year.