Cougar Ridge, a Ward 6 community,was chosen as one of four communities across The City to participate in a pilot program testing the feasibility of a city-wide food and yard waste collection program
The one-year pilot kicked off Monday, March 5, 2012. Green carts were delivered to approximately 7500 homes in the pilot communities in the week prior to the program launch, along with kitchen pails, compostable kitchen pail liners, paper yard waste bags, a collection schedule and an instruction guide explaining how to use the bins and what items can be placed in them. It is surprising how many items can be put in these bins that are not appropriate for backyard composters.
Food and yard waste currently make up almost 60 per cent of the residential waste going into our City's landfills. An organics collection program could significantly alter this reality and go a long way toward helping The City reach our goal of 80/20 diversion by 2020?, (80 per cent of waste diverted from landfills by 2020).
March 2013 marked the first year of the program. 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 (W&RS), who are leading the Green Cart Pilot, continue to hear positive feedback from residents. In fact, surveys conducted by Ipsos Reid amongst pilot participants in December show:
- 89 per cent were satisfied with the program.
- 91 per cent of respondents support extending the program city-wide.
W&RS has reported a high level of participation from residents in all four communities - bins were well utilized and it seems that most residents read the information package and are aware of the variety of items they can put in the bins. Three open houses held by W&RS also produced a positive outcome, with hundreds of residents coming out the open houses in each community involved in the pilot.
To learn more about the Green Cart pilot, please visit calgary.ca/greencart?.
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