7500 Calgary Residents Seeing Green
Residents of Abbeydale, Brentwood, Cougar Ridge and Southwood will begin receiving green carts as part of a year long composting pilot in Calgary, Alberta.
The project is expected to be implemented city wide in the 2015-2017 budget cycle. The green bins will be similar to the blue and black garbage bins but only half the size with only 120-litre capacity. Residents will also be receiving a kitchen pail, compostable liner bags, paper bags for yard waste and an instructional manual.
Collection will begin shortly in March 5, 2012. This program is the city's effort to divert eighty per cent of waste from landfills.
In 2010 a study found that fifty-seven per cent of waste sent to landfills was compostable.
Initially, materials that are collected will be sent to a compost facility outside of Calgary and will be handled by a private company.
The city says it will not profit from the pilot program but may sell materials once the full program is implemented. This is not the first time the city has considered this type of program. Previous considerations were not accepted as the program would cost more than twenty dollars per month for the recycling package.
Some of the factors the city will be examining is whether or not the city could operate a permanent facility, cost of the project and if the bin size is effective.
A report will be sent to council committee in March 2013 with results and recommendations of the study. In the meantime it will be interesting to see how residents adopt a third bin. Secondly I'm sure Calgarians are wondering what the monthly bill will talley.