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Council approves changes to green cart collection

September 28, 2020 5:05 PM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Red Deer residents can hold their roll on green carts soon as Council approved a change to move green cart collection to every other week during winter months.

Effective November 16, green carts will be collected every other week with blue carts instead of every week. This schedule will continue through early April, at which time green carts will return to weekly collection to accommodate yard waste generation.

“Based on collection data from the past few years, we determined that weekly green cart collection is not necessary in cooler months when yard waste diminishes,” said Waste Superintendent Janet Whitesell. “We see a steep decrease in organics collected over the winter months, so this change will allow us to make our cart collection program that much more efficient.”

Updated cart collection calendars will be available on the City website in early October. Residents can also sign up for Cart Collection Alerts through Notify Red Deer for personalized reminders about which cart to set out each week. Residents can sign up or add these alerts to their existing account at

Council was also presented with information about a potential new Cart Exchange Fee to offset costs of cart size exchanges. Over the past year, nearly 2,000 blue and black cart exchanges were made at an overall cost of approximately $96,000.

The proposed Cart Exchange Fee would charge existing customers $50 each time staff had to visit their residence for a cart exchange, but would not impact new customers. Repairs to defective or damaged carts would also be exempt from this fee. Council will revisit this option when the Utility Rate Bylaw goes to Council in March, 2021.

Residents with questions or concerns are encouraged to reach out by calling the Blue Line at 403-340-BLUE (2583) or emailing

For more information, please contact:

Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer

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