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Cart system rolling out in Red Deer early next year

May 1, 2017 6:04 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

We’re on a roll, Red Deer, with a new garbage collection system coming next year. The Cart Program represents a new way of collecting garbage and will launch in spring 2018.

In April 2018, residents will receive Green Carts, to dispose of organics, such as yard waste, food scraps and pet waste for year-round, regular pickup and composting. In the spring of 2019, residents will receive Blue Carts for recycling and Black Carts for regular garbage collection.

“This is part of our long-term plan to reduce waste, associated greenhouse gas emissions, and prolong the life of our landfill,” said Janet Whitesell, Waste Management Superintendent with The City of Red Deer. “Automated waste collection is evolving from an industry best practice, to an industry standard, and we are excited to be moving in this direction.”

Consistent with the Environmental Master Plan and the Waste Management Master Plan, the program helps reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill by diverting organics and recyclables. Also, the new collection system increases efficiency, and helps to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. A robust communication and education campaign will kick off in the fall for residents.

A new, automated truck will pick up the carts with a hydraulic arm. Residents will be able to choose the size of cart that best suits their needs, and cart collection schedule for all three carts will alternate. Green Carts will be picked up every week, and waste and recycling carts (Blue and Black) will be picked up every other week.

“We have been running a pilot project over the last several years with 2,000 Red Deer households to ensure we have the best plan for a city-wide program,” said Whitesell. “This was a comprehensive public participation activity that not only provided valuable data, but created a group of educated ambassadors of the program.”

Participating households were chosen to reflect a range of demographics reflective of Red Deer. The pilot project was about reducing waste and testing the details to put together the best recommendations for a city-wide program. It also allowed time for households to change their behaviour and address challenges along the way.

“We thank the residents in our pilot program for being environmental leaders in this waste-reduction program,” said Whitesell. “We are all working toward a more sustainable community and the success of this program will be, in great part, the results of their efforts.”

Please view the attached Q&A Backgrounder (pdf) for more information.   

­For more information, please contact:

Janet Whitesell
Waste Management Supervisor
The City of Red Deer

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer

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