Red Deer has been making great strides to help the city become more environmentally friendly by reducing waste in the landfill. In March 2018 they started the green cart program that is for compost.
The green compost green bins are emptied weekly and allows you to put most food/compostable things in it. Food scraps – raw or cooked, meat – bones and poultry carcasses, dairy products, coffee grounds, eggs and shells, used paper towel and napkins, grass cuttings, leaves, branches, pet waste, cat litter, pet fur and feathers are all able to go into the green bin. You receive a smaller bin that you can keep in your home to make it easier to utilize this great initiative.
Things like ashes from a fire pit, large animal (like if you are a hunter) or domestic animal carcasses, diseased branches, diapers, plastic bags or containers are some of the things that cannot go into the bin. There is a full list of what you can and cannot put into the bin along with instructions of where to put the cart for pickup and the schedule.
The availability of this program has greatly reduced the amount of organic waste going to the landfill. The compost then is reused by local farmers to use to create rich soil for their crops. This in turn helps them to reduce the amount of fertilizer needed to boost the nutrients in the soil and it also helps retain moisture reducing the amount of water they need.
In the spring of 2019 the City of Red Deer will also be implementing the black and blue carts. This will help households by encouraging more recycling and reducing even more unnecessary waste going to the landfill that could be recycled instead. There will be 3 sizes of these carts available and will be picked up every other week.
A very important thing to note for the blue cart is that glass will no longer be accepted as the glass gets broken during pick up and cannot be recovered to be recycled. However, people are able to take their glass items to the recycling depot.
Things that you can put into the blue cart are:
- Mixed paper – flyers, office paper, junk mail, envelopes etc.
- Corrugated cardboard
- Boxes – cereal, tissue, shoe, etc.
- Metal cans
- Telephone books
- Plastic containers and lids numbered 1-7
For the black carts, they are for anything that cannot be composted (organic material) or recycled. Remember that hazardous waste, e-waste, fluorescent lights, and tires need to be properly disposed of at the waste management facility. Batteries can either be taken the waste management facility also or taken to stores that participate in battery recycling, like Staples.