March 2013 will mark the first year of the Green Cart pilot program that the ward 11 community of Southwood has been actively participating in. Throughout these last four seasons, participating residents across the city have reduced their garbage year-round by 42 per cent and are continuing to embrace the program. The City of Calgary’s Waste & Recycling Services, who are leading the Green Cart Pilot, continue to hear positive feedback from pilot residents. They are participating in the program, are pleased with the service and are finding it easy to do. In fact, surveys conducted by Ipsos Reid amongst pilot participants in December show:
- 89 per cent are satisfied with the program.
- 91 per cent of respondents support extending the program city-wide.
What will happen to the green cart service after the pilot is over?
This spring, Waste & Recycling Services will bring a report to City Council with results from the pilot, along with recommendations on whether to pursue a city-wide program, which, if approved, could be rolled out across Calgary in 2016 at the earliest. We will keep you updated on council decisions regarding this program as they develop. In the meantime, Southwood residents will continue to receive green cart service until the end of July. A four-month collection calendar is being delivered to these participants in March.
Too Good to Waste
Waste & Recycling Services has produced a video called Too Good to Waste that explains how a landfill works and why turning food and yard waste into compost for gardens, parks and farms is a better than burying it in a landfill. By treating this material as a resource, we can save space in our landfill and take another critical step forward towards Council’s 80/20 by 2020 waste diversion goal.
To find out more on this pilot program visit calgary.ca/greencart.
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