The city’s new blue cart program may not be successful unless more steps are taken going into the future, said Clean Calgary.

A garbage bag limit for weekly pickup will need to be implemented in conjunction with the recycling program for the blue bin service to be truly successful, the head of the group said.

“A bag limit will become critical because actually using a blue cart is voluntary,” said Natalie Odd, executive director of Clean Calgary. “People could continue to just put everything in the garbage. So a bag limit being put in place actually can tell people to use their blue cart as much as possible, and put as little as possible into the garbage.”

Odd said Calgarians have to be educated about the blue bins, and then a bag limit should be put in place.
“I think it would be very good to look at introducing a bag limit within a year of the blue cart program,” said Odd.

According to the city’s waste and recycling department bag limits or “pay as you throw” has been a part of the city’s strategy, and a report will be presented to council next spring on the subject.

“The success of the blue cart program is pivotal for us achieving our goal of 80 per cent diversion by the year 2020,” said Sarah Noble, the acting manager of strategic services for the waste and recycling department.