City of Calgary Looking at Transitioning to Pay-As-You-Throw in Future

Connector Spring 2018

The City is working on a plan which could give Calgarians the option of lowering their monthly waste and recycling bill. The introduction of the curbside recycling and compost programs have given people the opportunity to reduce how much garbage winds up in their black carts.

But as part of The City’s plan to divert 70 per cent of the waste that’s going to its landfills by 2025, the next step is to offer a little financial incentive. A plan will go to city council in June which could see Calgarians get the choice of whether they have a smaller or larger black cart than the one that’s in use today.

The program would be optional and no one has to give up the cart they have now. But there will be a break on the monthly waste and recycling charge if you switch to a smaller cart.

Currently, black carts have 240 litres capacity. The City is looking at a cart half that size as well as one that can hold 360 litres.

It’s also possible that The City will look at bringing in a tag-a-bag program similar to what’s been adopted in some other municipalities. That means that The City would only pick up garbage that’s inside the black cart.

Any additional material would have to have a special tag – sold by The City – on it before it would be collected.

Black and green carts have radio frequency identification (RFID) chips embedded in them. The City has a pilot project where three trucks with RFID receivers are testing the reception of the signals.

It raises the future prospect where The City could also charge for how many times its trucks pick up your black cart. Fewer pick-ups would presumably translate into a lower monthly charge.

Source: CBC News