From The City of Red Deer
Blue and Black Cart collection kicks off week of May 6
The carts have all been rolled out, residents had some time to get acquainted and now Blue and Black Cart collection is set to start next week. Together, with the Green Cart, it completes Red Deer’s cart program implementation.
Throughout the months of March and April, Blue and Black Carts were rolled out to homes who currently receive individual garbage, recycling and Green Cart collection. The Blue Cart replaces the blue box, and
the Black Cart is for all other household garbage.
“We are excited to see Blue and Black cart collection start next week,” said Janet Whitesell, Waste Management Superintendent. “We have worked hard to create a program that has been tested, tweaked
and modified to ensure we are launching a program that will work for the residents of Red Deer.” Collection for the Blue and Black Cart will take place every other week, on alternating weeks. That means
garbage will be collected one week and recycling collected the next week. Green Cart collection remains weekly. Residents received a colour coded calendar to make keeping track easy, and they can sign up for
weekly notifications through Notify Red Deer (reddeer.ca/notifyreddeer).
The Blue Cart replaces blue boxes, and in general, everything that used to go in the blue box can go in the Blue Cart, with the exception of glass. Place paper, cardboard, metal cans and plastics numbered one
through seven in the Blue Cart. The Black Cart is for remaining garbage that can’t go in the Blue or Green Cart, which in general is things like Styrofoam, disposable diapers, and unnumbered plastics. Detailed
information was attached to the Black Cart delivered to each home, and more information is always available at reddeer.ca/carts.
“Since April of 2018 when the Green Cart program launched, we have reduced the amount of garbage sent to landfill from households by 27 per cent,” said Whitesell. “For three months last year, we collected more in the Green Cart than we collected garbage at the curb which means a significant amount of material was composted and those nutrients returned to agricultural soils, instead of being landfilled.”
“The three cart system streamlines collection, and the way households bring their waste out to the curb or the alley,” Whitesell continued. “We are confident that we have a program that will not only reduce the
amount of waste going to our landfill, but engage and inspire residents to take steps to reduce their household waste, and our overall greenhouse gas emissions.”
Residents can learn more about the new cart program at a presentation on Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Red Deer College’s Alternative Energy Lab, along with representatives from the Recycling Council of Alberta who will talk about system-wide opportunities in how Alberta handles waste.
Environmental Master Plan steers Red Deer’s sustainable future
From The City of Red Deer
City Council adopted an updated version of the Environmental Master Plan, a document which will guide Red Deer’s environmental strategy now and into the future.
The Environmental Master Plan (EMP) was originally released in 2011 and serves as a guide to improve environmental sustainability in Red Deer by setting goals and providing short-, medium- and long-term strategies. The EMP is designed to provide The City and the people of Red Deer with a road map to improved environmental performance. The updated plan outlines clear goals and measurable targets, as well as suggested actions for The City to undertake during implementation.
“The EMP refresh is a higher-level document that was designed to provide a foundation for strategic decision making in the future. We focused on six areas: air, ecology, energy, waste, water and community design, which combined transportation and built environment from the previous plan,” said Nancy Hackett, Environmental Initiatives Supervisor, “Each of the sixareas have specific targets and metrics, but we refined the plan to 20 actions that providebroader direction.”
A variety of public engagement sessions provided key community insight that was used to assess current conditions and determine future focuses and goals for the plan. In addition to sessions with targeted community groups, a Community Engagement Group took part in monthly, in-depth sessions to discuss Red Deer’s focus areas, targets and actions for the future.
Now that the plan has been adopted, City Staff will begin implementation to ensure Red Deercontinues on its’ path of reducing its environmental footprint.
A full version of the EMP is available on the City’s website at reddeer.ca/EMP.
Kick it to the Curb every month this summer!
From the City of Red Deer: More dates to Kick it to the Curb this summer
Kick it to the Curb has returned with more dates to provide Red Deerians the opportunity to find a new home for unwanted and unused items.
This year, on the third weekend of the month from May to October, residents are encouraged to kick their unwanted items to the curb. Previously, the Kick it to the Curb program ran only twice a year – once in June and again in October.
“Residents love the Kick it to the Curb program, and the feedback we get most is that the event should happen more often,” said Lauren Maris, Environmental Program Specialist. “Since weather is always a factor, and summers are so busy, offering more dates allows for higher participation.”
Residents are encouraged to clearly set out and identify their unwanted items with a “free” label so others can find a new life for them.
Items that are always a hit include books, DVDs, furniture and tools. To see a list of what is prohibited, like child car seats, visit www.reddeer.ca/kickit.
Similar to past years, the Kerry Wood Nature Centre will be offering their Trash to Treasure Swap Meet for anyone who would rather not put small, unwanted items on their curb or whose home doesn’t have a curb. The Trash to Treasure Swap Meet will be held the same six weekends throughout the spring, summer and fall as Kick It to the Curb.
Mark your calendars for Kick It to the Curb weekends: June 15-16, July 20-21, August 17-18, September 21-22, and October 19-20.
For more details, please visit www.reddeer.ca/kickit
There are no upcoming events at this time.
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