December 17, 2013 / For Immediate Release
AIRDRIE, ALBERTA – In 2014, Airdrie residents will send less garbage to the landfill when a city-wide curbside organics recycling program begins. The program was approved at the Airdrie City Council meeting on December 16, 2013.
“Diverting residential food and yard waste from the landfill is a critical step in achieving Council’s priorities of reducing waste and being fiscally responsible,” says Mayor Peter Brown. “Considering sending organics to compost costs 50 per cent less than sending to a landfill, this program will make an impact financially and on the environment,” added Brown.
In the 2012 Citizen Satisfaction Survey, 93 per cent of respondents said recycling programs were important and 59 per cent of respondents supported the implementation of a food and yard waste collection program.
In light of this, a four-month curbside organics pilot program took place in Waterstone and the Canals in 2013. 81 per cent of residents in the two communities participated in the voluntary program and reduced their garbage by 45 per cent compared to the same time period in the previous year.
“Recycling organics is better for the environment in many ways,” says Kathleen Muretti, Manager Waste & Recycling. “It turns a ‘waste’ material into a new, useable and valuable product, it saves valuable landfill space, and it reduces methane and greenhouse gases organics generate in the landfill,” added Muretti.
With Council’s approval of the program, Waste and Recycling staff will work on the finer details of the program, with a proposed start date of April 2014.
Manager, Waste & Recycling
403.948.8800 ext. 6412