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Ward 11 News: Changes to Green Cart Collection Frequency

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Beginning in November, green cart collection (organic waste) will be reduced from weekly service to being picked up every two weeks. Weekly service will resume in the Spring.
 
The idea of reducing green bin collection during the Winter months actually began with suggestions from citizens who thought that that a bi-monthly collection could save Calgarians some money. This made sense to me, because like many of you I have very little yardwork and organic waste to justify a weekly pickup during the Winter months.
 
Following up on this, I proposed that black carts be collected every week during the Winter and Spring months, with green carts to be collected every week in the Summer and Fall months.
 
Unfortunately, City Council kept the black cart collection to every second week all year long, but also reduced green bin service to every second week for half of the year. Very little cost savings will be realized from this switch, making it a “be careful what you wish for” kind of situation. Sadly, the green cart fees will be reduced by approximately twenty cents. In fact, waste collection fees overall will be rising – despite the reduction in service. This seems to be part of a continuing trend of Calgarians having to pay more and get less.
 
At this time, Council is also looking at a “pay as you throw” plan would allow Calgarians to pay an extra charge if they have extra garbage bags that cannot fit into their black bin.



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