In 2015 Waste Management Superintendent Janet Whitesell held up an organics kitchen collector next to a green cart at the launch of the city’s two-year Green Cart pilot program. (Photo by Crystal Rhyno/Advocate Staff)

Council to examine green cart pilot report

Blue and black carts could come next

  • Apr. 28, 2017 12:30 a.m.

On Monday city council will consider rolling out green carts to collect organic waste from residents starting early next year.

If approved, blue carts for recycling and black carts for garbage will follow in spring 2019.

In 2015 a green cart pilot project saw 2,000 households receive green carts to deposit their organics such as yard waste, food scraps, soiled paper and pet waste for year-round, regular pickup and composting.

A blue cart and black cart pilot started in 2016.

The cart family project is part of a long-term plan to reduce waste and associated greenhouse gas emissions through a sustainable residential waste collection system. The introduction of an automated cart system was outlined as one of many waste diversion strategies in the city’s Waste Management Master Plan.

Pilot households played a crucial role in helping understand what worked in the program, and what didn’t.

On Monday council will look at a report on the success of the pilot project and will consider a resolution to implement the city-wide green, blue and black cart programs, as well as approve the use of $4.6 million from the Waste Management Capital Reserves for automated carts.

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