Blue bins begin a new era - Metro US

Blue bins begin a new era

Although Gail Biers wasn’t dancing around with her new blue bin like the happy Calgarians in the city’s commercial, she was very excited to be the first recipient of the recycling receptacle.

The delivery of the blue recycling cart to her southwest home in Evergreen yesterday morning, along with the new commercial marked the launch of the city’s blue cart program.

“This will make it a lot easier for me to recycle,” said Biers, who has two children under the age of three. “Especially since you don’t have to sort it. With our milk cartons with the kids, diapers, and boxes, we have a lot of stuff.”

Paper, newspaper, magazines, glass, food cans and milk containers will all be accepted in the same bin. Community recycling depots will change to accept plastics and require no more sorting.

“Today is a major milestone,” said blue cart recycling program leader Paula Magdich. “We’ll be delivering about 20,000 carts per week for the next 15 weeks. It’s quite a big job getting these carts out to the residents so they can have curbside recycling. Each cart must be assembled, loaded, transported and recorded.”

About 300,000 single-family homes will receive their blue carts at the front of their homes two to six weeks before their first recycling pickup. Approximate delivery dates for each community are posted online at calgary.ca /bluecart.

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