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Our Story

Compost Winnipeg traces its origins to 2014, when Green Action Centre began exploring the possibility of starting its own social enterprise with the goal of raising revenue for its programming, while at the same time furthering its mandate to reduce waste and address climate change. During this exploration stage, organic waste collection emerged as the business model with the highest potential to serve both of these goals and to address the following local realities:

  • A very high portion of organic waste was ending up in Winnipeg landfills relative to most other cities in North America. Organic waste diversion simply wasn’t occurring at any significant scale, leading to significant greenhouse gas emissions as organic waste rotted in the landfill, producing methane.
  • Winnipeg residents and businesses had limited access to services for organic waste collection and composting. Although other services existed, their uptake was limited in the community and the organic waste diversion sector lacked a central voice in Winnipeg.

Seeing the opportunity to provide a much-needed service, generate revenue for Green Action Centre while preventing waste and greenhouse gas emissions, Compost Winnipeg was launched in 2016. Since then, the service has grown from a single pickup truck for collection to a 5 truck fleet serving most areas of the city and diverting over 70 000 kgs of organic waste from the landfill every month! While growing the operation, Compost Winnipeg has been able to increase its monthly contributions to Green Action Centre programming every single year. In order to further it’s goal of 100% organic waste diversion from the landfill Compost Winnipeg is planning to continually expand its service, bringing more residents and businesses into an exciting new era of organic waste management!  

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Operating since 1985, Green Action Centre promotes greener living through environmental education and encouraging practical green solutions for homeowners, workplaces, schools and communities.

OUR GOALS

1

Provide an affordable, convenient organics collection service with an outstanding client experience.


2

Educate the public, promoting a cultural shift toward 100% organic waste diversion.


3

Expand our operations to prevent more emissions while increasing contributions to the work of Green Action Centre.

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OUR IMPACT

Since 2016

Over 2,800,000kg of organic waste has been diverted from the landfill.

That’s equal to…

2,520,000 Kg

CO2e Emissions Prevented


65,000

Saplings Planted


1,072,000 L

Gasoline Saved

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OUR TEAM

Meet the team that hustles every day to provide an outstanding client experience. With a diverse range of backgrounds, our staff works together as a cohesive, supportive team to overcome the daily challenges of organic waste collection. 

  • Robin

    ROBIN BRYAN

    General Manager

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    ROBIN BRYAN

    Robin has a diverse range of management, advocacy and programming experience. His longstanding passion for environmental action and his strong social and environmental values stretch back to his teenage years going door-to-door canvassing for wilderness protection.

    He is no stranger to composting or to working within the non-profit sector.  After working for nearly a decade on environmental and active transportation issues in Winnipeg at the Wilderness Committee Manitoba office and with the University of Winnipeg’s UWSA Bike Lab, Robin then spent several years working and living in Dawson City, Yukon and across Canada’s northern territories. Robin has recently re-established himself back in Winnipeg and is excited to help Compost Winnipeg continue to grow and divert as much valuable, nutrient rich organic waste from Winnipeg’s landfills as possible. He enjoys wilderness excursions, rock climbing, pick-up hockey at the local rink, making music and raising his toddler, Taiga in his free time.

  • KARRIE

    KARRIE BLACKBURN

    Sales & Customer Service Lead

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    KARRIE BLACKBURN

    Along with 10,000 other Winnipeggers, Karrie attended the Climate Strike in September 2019. The spectacle of supporters for #FridaysForFuture was inspiring but didn’t feel like enough. Karrie began looking at her own life habits to take immediate and deliberate action to fight climate change. Composting was the most impactful choice. Karrie, being a firm believer in leading by example, took it a step further and joined the crew of like-minded, action-taking, passionate beings at Compost Winnipeg as a courier and advocate. Since joining the team in November 2019, her zeal and drive for change continues to grow and inspire. You may also recognize Karrie as the Hoopist & founder of Kurrent Motion Hoops and former president of the Winnipeg Circus Club.

  • TRACY

    TRACY THOMAS

    Administrative/Accounts Assistant

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    TRACY THOMAS

    Tracy moved back to her hometown, Winnipeg, after spending the last 20 years in Edmonton, AB. For 18 of those years, she filled a variety of roles in a non-profit organization. She is an avid composter and loves to garden. Tracy is excited to work with the Compost Winnipeg team to help reduce waste in Winnipeg. 

  • JOEL FRIESEN

    JOEL FRIESEN

    Operations Supervisor

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    JOEL FRIESEN

    Joel started working for Compost Winnipeg in 2019, and is excited to be doing a job which so practically addresses climate change and environmental degradation. He has a philosophy major and history minor from the University of Manitoba. Joel has always worked outside, and has spent many years tree planting in BC and doing landscape construction in Winnipeg. He loves canoe tripping, hiking, cooking and travelling. He is also a musician and does music production in his free time.

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    TYRELL BENTON

    Compost Courier

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    TYRELL BENTON

    Tyrell passionately invests his time in all things natural and traditional, from indigenous ceremony and organic / probiotic gardening to nature walks and regenerating the environment. While regularly increasing awareness and providing education regarding many of our ecological issues including water quality, soil degradation, commercial farming, and species diversity, he is highly enthusiastic about joining the Compost Winnipeg team to create yet more local beneficial change.

  • ALYSSA WOLFE

    ALYSSA WOLFE

    Compost Courier

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    ALYSSA WOLFE

    Alyssa has spent the past decade working in the food industry and is a recent graduate of the Niagara College food science and technology program. Her passions lie in sustainability and community involvement, which is what encouraged her to join Compost Winnipeg. She sets her intentions on cultivating a positive environment for all living things in and out of her life. One day Alyssa hopes to run an organic farm and continue sustainable practices like composting and living a minimalistic lifestyle.

  • OMID ERSHAD

    OMID ERSHAD

    Compost Courier

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    OMID ERSHAD

    Omid came to Canada in 2019 and has lived in Winnipeg since then. He came from a busy city in Iran with a different kind of pollution, therefore he can see the big difference between Winnipeg and his hometown—a difference worth preserving. In his personal life, Omid always tries to protect nature and is glad to now be part of a friendly, caring team that tries to make our planet a better place to live. He’s a former carpenter and enjoys playing soccer and spending time in the gym.

  • John

    JOHN JOWETT

    Compost Courier

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    JOHN JOWETT

    After eight years working for his family business, Country Meat and Sausage in Blumenort, Manitoba John brings a wealth of experience to ensure smooth daily operations at Compost Winnipeg. He puts this experience to work every day helping Compost Winnipeg maintain a functional, efficient work-space and compost collection fleet. Growing up rurally on a farm, John has a first-hand appreciation for the importance of composting and proper organic waste management. He is excited to be working for an organization that has such a substantial positive impact on our emissions. Outside of work John spends his time cycling, hiking, and gaming.

  • JORDAN GUIBOCHE

    Compost Courier

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    JORDAN GUIBOCHE

    After spending 4 years working in a classroom as an EA, Jordan decided it was time for a career change. He brings with him a plethora of experience working in dirty jobs, and a strong sense of concern for the environment that fits well with the mission of Compost Winnipeg. As a single indigenous father, Jordan works to change stereotypes and provide a good future for his son Aldrian. In his free time, you can find Jordan jamming on his guitar, playing video games, long-distance walking, or taking care of his son.

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