As we face serious landfill challenges – financial
implications of poor environmental management and limitations on physical space
for new construction, we as a City need to holistically address our
environmental impacts. Organic material is still a valuable resource, even in
its discarded state. On a city-wide basis, this translates into over 85,000
tonnes of annual waste being turned into useful compost for our gardens, parks
and farms. This also helps us to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which aligns
with the City’s work to address Climate
Change in Calgary.
How much will I pay?
Council approved an indicative rate for 2017 and 2018 of $6.50
per household per month for the Green Cart Program. This monthly fee will
help pay for weekly green cart collection, building and operating the compost
facility, buying green carts, as well as education and marketing of the compost
Can I opt out?
No. If you are a resident that currently receives blue cart
service, then you will also receive green cart service.
There were conversations about a possible opt-out for this
program at Council. Council ultimately decided against an opt-out.
If an opt-out had been available the monthly charge for the program would have
been significantly higher, or the program would need to be further subsidized
through the tax base. Further to cost savings, in order to achieve a
significant reduction in garbage we send to landfills, it needs to be a
universal program so we can all do our part to keep food and yard waste out of
the landfills. The benefit of commercial composting is that materials that
cannot be composting in a backyard system can now be put into the green bin
(bones, breads, meat, pet waste, grass clippings, branches, etc).
What will I receive?
When the carts are delivered, you will receive:
A green cart for curb side pickup (similar to
the current blue/black bin)
An in-home kitchen pail to conveniently collect
food scraps inside your home
A sample of compostable bags to line the kitchen
A sample of paper yard waste bags to use for
surplus yard waste that does not fit inside the green cart
How often will carts
be picked up?
Green and blue carts will be picked up every week on the
same day. Black carts will be picked up once every two weeks on a separate day.
By moving the black cart pick up to a bi-weekly schedule, the City will save will
$10M a year. These savings will be transferred to reduce the fees on the
green cart program.
Read about the success of the Green Cart Pilot Program!
Many Calgarians expressed concern when the blue bin
recycling program was introduced a number of years ago. Now Calgarians
are accustomed to recycling frequently and the blue bin program has become a
normal aspect of our lives. The same will likely be true of the green bin
composting program. This program has the potential to save the City
significant money in the long run and provide a more environmentally
responsible approach to waste management.
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