After a successful pilot that saw a 40 per cent drop in garbage and 89 per cent satisfaction amongst residents, the Green Cart Program will roll out to all single family homes beginning in spring 2017. All communities should have the service by fall 2017. Here are the highlights:
- All food, yard and pet waste is accepted in the program.
- Unlimited quantity. Use paper yard waste bags for extra yard waste that doesn’t fit in the cart.
- Green and blue carts will be collected on the same day every week.
- Black carts will be picked up once every two weeks on a separate day since most household waste can be recycled or composted.
Residents will receive everything they need to get started including the green cart, a kitchen pail for collecting food scraps inside the home; a sample of compostable bags for the kitchen pail and yard waste bags. Once service begins, households will pay $6.50 per month. This charge reflects the savings achieved by changing black cart garbage collection from weekly to once every two weeks.
Green carts go beyond backyard composting
If you’re already backyard composting, keep it up. Use your green cart for all the other materials that cannot be composted at home like meat, bones, shellfish, dairy, weeds and pet waste.
Why we need to keep food and yard waste out of landfills
It may be hard to believe, but more than half of residential garbage is food and yard waste. Composting this material is the right thing to do. When food and yard waste is buried in the landfill it releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is 25 times stronger than carbon dioxide. By using the green carts we reduce dependence on our landfills, reduce greenhouse gas and turn food and yard waste into nutrient-rich compost.