Druh Farrell initiated a study for curbside recycling in 2002, which resulted in the highly successful Blue Cart program and more recently the residential Black Carts. Next steps in this recycling initiative are:
- Design a food and yard waste pilot program for 2012.
- Work with the private sector to increase opportunities for multi-family residences, as 22% of recycled material from multi-family residences ends up in the landfill.
Food and yard waste, when they break down in the landfill, produce methane, a greenhouse gas 21 times more potent then carbon dioxide. It is important that the City work toward its 80/20 Recycling Target (80% of waste diverted, 20% to landfill), as Alberta Environment may institute mandatory financial penalties for landfill greenhouse gas emissions.
Accomplishments toward The City's 80/20 Recycling Target to date are:
- Residential waste diversion has nearly doubled to 40% since introducing Blue Cart recycling.
- Food and yard waste is the largest diversion opportunity, as it represents 57% of the remaining residential waste; a focus on diverting these materials will achieve the most progress toward the targeted 80% diversion.
- Composting is a preferred approach to managing food and yard waste.
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