Thursday marked the true beginning of the city-wide curbside recycling program.
Mayor Dave Bronconnier delivered the final blue recycling cart to the Country Hills home of the Newrauter family and spoke on the significance of the day.
“It’s a very important milestone today the last blue cart delivered to single family and semi-detached homes in Calgary, almost 300,000 of them delivered, and this of course is the final one to the Newrauter family,” said Bronconnier.
Christine Newrauter was excited for her family to finally receive a blue cart and to have a chance to meet the mayor.
“It’s very exciting, we’ve been waiting for a while and watching the rest of the neighbourhood get their blue boxes so we’re excited to start using it,” she said.
According to the city, 7,000 tonnes of recyclables have been collected from the start of the program to the end of May.
They city expects to collect 80,000 tonnes annually.
Though implementation of the program was a split decision at council, Bronconnier believes that introducing the blue cart program was the right decision.