Some big changes are coming to the way waste is collected in Fort Saskatchewan.
The changes come as the city shifts to a new way of collecting waste after a multi-year pilot project.
"The biggest change of all will be the collection of organic waste at the curbside," said Bradley McDonald, manager of infrastructure strategy for the City of Fort Saskatchewan. "You'll be able to throw away your food waste, general household organics and when you clean up your yard, you'll have a place for it to go responsibly."
Residents will receive new carts in May, a black one for garbage, a green one for organics and a tiny bin for inside the kitchen.
There won't be a blue bin, because bags are preferred. This allows recycling collectors to see if the bags are contaminated or not. The bags will allow residents to pack as much as they want in there without the risk of things getting stuck in the bin, causing it to not empty.
There will also be changes to the pickup schedule.
"With the introduction of the organic waste and being able to move a substantial amount of waste into the green cart, it'll be unnecessary to collect the regular garbages often. Service will move to every other week to realize some efficiencies in the collection."
The waste that will go in the green cart, equates to roughly 60 per cent of what's in the Fort's garbage right now.
Over the summer, staff ripped open some garbage bags in an effort to figure out what makes up the city's waste. It found, along with the majority of it being organics, 11 per cent can go into blue bags for recycling, one per cent should go to the Transfer Station and 28 per cent should actually go to the landfill.
A new app, coming soon, will help residents figure out what goes where. They can type in what they're throwing away and the app will show them whether it belongs in the waste bin, organics bin or blue bag.
Those with questions can contact the Fort Saskatchewan public works department.