March 2013 will mark the first year of the Green Cart pilot program. Residents in the four pilot communities, including the Ward 7 community of Brentwood, have reduced their garbage year-round by 42 per cent. The City of Calgary’s Waste & Recycling Services continue to hear positive feedback from pilot participants. A December survey by Ipsos Reid showed us that participants have embraced the program and find it easy to do; 89 per cent of respondents were satisfied with the program and 91 per cent supported extending the program citywide.
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 decisions as they develop. In the meantime, Brentwood residents will continue to receive green cart service until the end of July. A four-month collection calendar is being delivered to the 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 organic waste as a resource, we can save space in our landfill and take a 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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