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Ward 6 News: Green Cart pilot project

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Ward 6 Report

Thank you, Cougar Ridge, for being one of four pilot communities in the city. You have been very strong participants in the program.

The Green Cart pilot project is now more than halfway through its one-year term with very positive results. Over one million kilograms of compostable waste has been collected in the four pilot communities. A study conducted by Waste & Recycling Services found that 99 per cent of the material collected was acceptable, contributing to high quality compost. This also shows that residents in the pilot communities have a firm grasp on how to use the program.

While landfills typically see a spike in garbage over the summer, the green cart communities saw a decrease in garbage and increased green cart participation. More than 90 per cent of homes in the pilot communities are able to dispose of all of their garbage in their black cart every two weeks without putting out extra bags, which is equal or better than comparable neighbourhoods that receive weekly black cart collection.

In June, Ipsos-Reid conducted telephone surveys and focus groups to assess the experiences of residents in the pilot communities.

Key insights include:

  • 85% are satisfied with the program
  • 96% understand how to use the program
  • 82% like the size of the cart
  • Participants continue to express growing support for the implementation of a city-wide program (91% in June vs. 84% in February)

Thank you again, residents of Cougar Ridge, for your participation and all of the valuable feedback you have provided over the last several months.

Back to October 2012 report

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