The Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority says it cannot start collecting food and kitchen waste at the curbside at this time. It would be just too costly, the authority says.

The local solid waste authority is searching for ways of diverting waste from the landfill.

The province has set a waste diversion target of 60 per cent by 2019. The current diversion rate in Windsor-Essex is 36 per cent.

Coun. Drew Dilkens, chairman of the solid waste authority, says there's no way that target will be met.

"The cost of implementing such a system would be at least a minimum of four times more than processing kitchen and food scraps through the regular landfill," Dilkens said.

Coun. Bill Marra, also a member of the solid waste authority board, says financial assistance will be needed from the province if programs to divert waste from landfills are to be implemented.

"This is a prime example of where the Province of Ontario needs to look at waste reduction incentives," Marra said.

The solid waste authority is encouraging people to compost more in their backyards.

"The most cost effective waste diversion option, period, is a backyard composter. It offers a significant opportunity for residents to decrease at their household waste significantly," said Cameron Wright, the authority's manager of waste diversion.

There are hopes that local municipalities in southwestern Ontario can join together to build a food and kitchen waste processing plant in the future.