Black and blue carts will be delivered to Red Deer households starting next week. (Advocate file photo).

Blue and black waste carts start getting rolled out to Red Deer households next week

Information booklets will come with the carts, says city superintendent

New blue recycling carts and black garbage carts will be rolling out to Red Deer households next week

Starting on Monday, blue and black carts will begin to delivered to homes that already received their green carts in 2018. The blue cart will replace the blue box, and the black cart is for all other household garbage that’s bound for the landfill.

Delivering the new carts will take approximately five weeks to complete, continuing through mid-April. Waste collection from the new carts begins the week of May 6, on regular neighbourhood waste collection days.

When carts arrive, they will come with an education package that covers “what goes where, how to set out carts for collection and which carts you should be putting out each week,” said Janet Whitesell, Waste Management Superintendent.

“If residents are at home during delivery, City staff will be available to answer any questions about the two new carts as well.”

While Blue and Black Carts will be dropped off to the front of homes, waste collection from the carts will be in the same location where households currently set out their garbage, recycling and green cart for collection, front or back.

Collection for the blue and black cart will take place on alternating weeks. That means garbage will be collected one week and recycling collected the next week. Green cart collection remains weekly.

Residents will receive a colour coded calendar to keep track, or they can sign up for weekly notifications through Notify Red Deer (

All recyclables can go into the blue cart, except glass (paper, cardboard, metal cans and plastics numbered one through seven).The black cart is for landfilled waste (Styrofoam, disposable diapers, and unnumbered plastics). More information is available at

“We are very excited to be… completing the cart program for our community,” said Whitesell. She feels the three cart system will streamline waste collection, and reduce the amount of landfilled waste by diverting organics and recyclables.

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