Fort Saskatchewan residents are doing a decent job with the city's new waste collection program.
 
But, as with any major change, there seem to be some growing pains. The biggest is contamination in the green organics bin.
 
"Everything in those green organics carts goes to a composting facility," said the city’s waste program supervisor, Sadie Miller.
 
Plastics are commonly making their way into the green carts. Some of the other odd finds include rocks, glass and metal.
 
"If it can't break down, we don't want it in that green cart," added Miller.
 
Each of the three streams, organics, waste and recycling, is collected by a different truck. Organics go to a facility called Clean-It Green-It in the west end of Edmonton. Blue bag materials are taken to a processing facility in Winterburn, which is owned by GFL Environmental. Waste material in the black carts is taken to GFL transfer sites and then distributed to regional landfills.
 
pickupimageSummer months are considered May 1-Oct.31.
 
Recycling will become more of the focus for the city as they move into 2019. For now, the composting is the top priority.
 
"This is not a regional change. We are seeing municipalities in the province doing this and Canada as a whole."
 
The city started the new program on June 4.
 
Anyone with questions or concerns can use FortReport.ca, call the waste hotline at 780-992-6218 or email [email protected]

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