Piles of old newspapers, tin cans and plastic bags represent a bright future for Calgary, says Mayor Dave Bronconnier.
The mayor on Thursday marked the official opening of the privately operated southeast recycling plant that will be the collection and sorting hub for the city’s recently launched blue bin program.
Despite some lingering concerns over the $8-per-month bill that will have to be paid by the 300,000 homes that will receive carts over the next few months, Bronconnier said Calgarians already participating seem pleased at the green option.
“I think Calgarians have embraced recycling,” he said.
“The majority of Calgarians support curbside recycling and the next step in the program will be to look at multi-family dwellings.”
The facility, which is owned and operated by Metro Waste Paper Recovery Inc., will sort and process up to 40 tonnes of mixed recyclables every hour and up to 120,000 tonnes per year.
So far only communities in the city’s southwest have begun receiving the service with homes in the southeast quadrant slated to begin having blue cart pick up on May 12.
The northwest and northeast quadrants will get service starting on June 9 and June 30 respectively.