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Pilot residents consistently cut their garbage in half

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Ward 5 Councillor Ray Jones official website

As we get closer to marking the first year of the Green Cart pilot, we're pleased to report that throughout the four seasons residents reduced their garbage year-round by 42 per cent and are continuing to embrace the program.

We 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.

Keeping residents informed

As part of our ongoing communication with pilot residents, they are receiving their third Green Cart newsletter. This issue contains useful information and tips, including:

  • Where to purchase compostable bags in their neighbourhood and other low cost alternatives for lining their kitchen pail (e.g. reusing newspaper or flyers to make a liner). Residents are not required to use bags or liners to participate in the program.
  • What will happen to Green Cart service after the pilot is over.

We’re also working to educate residents about the environmental consequences of burying food and yard waste and why we should be diverting this material as much as possible.

There’s a misconception that fruits, vegetables and grass clippings buried in a landfill will naturally break down and “return to nature”. Our short video entitled Too Good to Waste explains the importance of Council’s 80/20 by 2020 waste diversion goal and what really happens to food and yard waste in a landfill.

This content represents the personal views and opinions of the Ward Councillor and should not be taken as a statement of policy of The City of Calgary. The inclusion of any external content does not imply endorsement by The City of Calgary.

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