The City of Fort Saskatchewan is changing the way waste is disposed.
This spring, residents who currently receive waste collection at their curb or in their alley will be given two carts; a black cart for garbage going to landfill and a green cart for organics that can be composted.
Separating the two has the potential to cut the city’s waste disposal in half.
“We’ve seen just how successful and impactful cart collection programs have been in surrounding municipalities. They create long-term cost savings and divert an impressive amount of waste away from landfills,” said Sadie Miller, waste programs supervisor. “We’re excited to catch up with others and make a long-term difference. The new program will help ensure our community remains healthy and sustainable.”
The city recently conducted a waste audit, which confirmed about 60 per cent of what the typical household throws away is organic material.
“It’s a win-win—this helps our city meet improved waste diversion targets while making for a cleaner, greener environment for us and our future generations,” added Miller.
The city says the collection schedules will change due to the reduced need for garbage collection.
"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," said Bradley McDonald, manager of infrastructure strategy for the City of Fort Saskatchewan.
Organic waste will continue to be picked up every week, recycling will be picked up in blue bags.
Residents will receive new carts in May, the new schedule will start on June 4.
More information on the project can be found here.